Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Eldorado Bowl

Route & General Observations

AAS Rec Level 2 Group toured up to Sky Scraper Ridge and skied the NE aspect of Eldorado Bowl off the ridge at approx. 4100′. The slope we skied ranges from 25-29 degrees.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

Predominately overcast with scattered sun throughout the day with very light wind.

Snow surface

The snow surface was 2-3 cm of stellar rind mix over 30 cm of soft facets. We didn't find any wind impacted surfaces.


We dug in 2 different locations (one pit at 25 degrees and one pit at 28 degrees) and both groups found a layer of hard packed facets about 40cm from the surface of the snowpack. We did not find a layer of concern or reactivity. The snowpack has poor structure (facets below 40cm) and high stability (PST100/100) with no propagation in the tests that were performed (ECTX, CTN).