Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Cross Hill

Route & General Observations

Toured up to Cross Hill to have a look at the snowpack.

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

Human triggered avalanches observed on Marmot, Hatch Peak, and Eldorado Bowl. See separate observation for photos.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snowing ~1 cm / hour in the morning, gradually clearing by early afternoon. 20 cm storm total new snow. Wind calm to light from the NE. 12 degrees F at 1 pm.

Snow surface

20 cm storm total low density new snow.


Pits 1 & 2: Cross Hill area, 3942', S Aspect, 17 degree Slope. HS=110 cm (Pit 1) & HS=85 cm (Pit 2) . CT28 SC x2 down 65 cm (Pit 1) and 55cm (Pit 2) on 6-9 mm BSH & facets above a melt freeze crust. ECTX x2. Boot penetration hip deep.

Pit 3: Ridge of Gold Cord Peak, 4250', ESE Aspect, 38 degree Slope. HS=55 cm. CT11 SC down 20 cm in new snow, CT20 SC down 35 cm at storm snow / old snow interface.

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