Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Eldorado

Route & General Observations

Toured from Independence mine up to Eldorado up tradition skin track. Group of 6. Alaska Avalanche Level 2 class.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Point releases - loose/dry
One observed crack on skin track within new snow (valentine's day storm) density change

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Sunny, light winds, low 19' F, high of 29.2 ' F, 4 inches of low density pow fell overnight

Snow surface

Knee top powder skiing, minimal wind affected


3800 ft
Pit #1: 180 S, 30' slope angle, CT23 Q3 down 20 cm (density change), ECTX
Pit #2: 70 E, 31 slope angle, CT22 PT down 25 cm (density change in new (vday snow), ECTP22 down 55 cm on 4mm facets (PWL)

4200 ft
Pit #1: NNE, 38' slope angle, ECTN23 Q3 down 55 cm on facets (PWL)

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