Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Cross Hill

Route & General Observations

Toured from Independence Mine parking lot to the base of Cross Hill. When we arrived at the base of Cross Hill, I experienced the loudest Whumph I have heard to this point. We dug a pit and the results are below. To say the snowpack was unstable would be an understatement. We skied back to the car and headed for a second tour at Skeetawk.

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

Large Whumphing

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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New snow, recent wind loading, 16.8 degrees, clear skies, wind was calm at the time of our tour.

Snow surface

New Snow, some surface hoar


See Pit Photo

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