Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Archangel Valley

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Route & General Observations

Upper bowl in Archangel Valley, opposite side of Microdot.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SnowmachinerAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect NorthwestElevation 4000ft
Slope Angle 38degCrown Depth2ft
Width 80ftVertical Run 250ft
Avalanche Details

3+ feet of soft snow. Making sled pow turns on short but steep terrain. I side hilled into the top of the line and made a downhill turn. The first downhill turn initiated a soft slab avalanche. I accelerated down the slide and out the bottom without being caught.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

Many recent avalanches from the recent storm cycle, however no other instability was observed by our group during the day, other than sluff on steep terrain.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Clear and Calm

Snow surface

3+ ft of soft snow

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