Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Base of "Cross Hill" adjacent to historic Gold Cord Camp

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Route & General Observations

Adjacent to occupied cabin at historic Gold Cord camp.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect SouthElevation 3900ft
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depthunknown
Width 50ftVertical Run 100ft
Avalanche Details

Soft slab naturally triggered slide that ran approximately 100 vertical feet in two branches. Classification: SS-N-S-R1-D1.5-S

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

Heavy snow two days ago followed by high winds transporting new snow.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Clearing skies and a wind shift the the NW with gusts to 30+ MPH. Temps in the 20sF except during solar-noon where they got up near 32F.

Snow surface

Heavy new wind blown and drifted snow on leeward slopes forming soft slabs.

Snowpack

Late season storm over deep existing snow pack with known persistent weak layers.

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