Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Eldorado

Route & General Observations

Toured up Eldorado Bowl to assess how the cold weather is affecting snow surface/ski quality and look for buried near surface facets.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

No collapsing or cracking.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Cold! Sunny and calm but cold at Independence and colder at Gold Mint.

Snow surface

The snow surface is still stiff from the warm wet storm Thursday. The upper ~2-3 inches is an occasionally supportable board. Also extremely "slow" snow - glide is hard to come by. Snow feels slabby when stepping onto thicker wind affected areas.


The near surface faceting observed on Wednesday (2/22) was hard to find. We found a few facets and a couple pieces of graupel intermixed with decomposing snow but not an identifiable band. We did not have any propagation in our pit (ECTN 11) on the new/old interface.

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