Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Archangel Valley

Route & General Observations

Upper bowl in Archangel Valley, opposite side of Microdot.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SnowmachinerRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Northwest
Elevation 4000ftSlope Angle 38deg
Crown Depth2ftWidth 80ft
Vertical 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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Clear and Calm

Snow surface

3+ ft of soft snow

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