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Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Fishhook parking lot, El Dorado mountain

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Observer:
Route & General Observations

Numerous snowmachine triggered avalanches on 30+ degree slopes. Shooting cracks on anything above 25 degrees. Very dangerous to play in the mountains on 1/29. Thankfully everyone is safe.

 

One snowboarder was caught in the runoff of an avi (not pictured) but managed to ride into a clearing.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SnowmachinerAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect North NortheastElevation 3300ft
Slope Angle 33degCrown Depthunknown
Width 90ftVertical Run 175ft
Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

New snow and lots of wind events recently. Temp dropped from 20s to negatives within past few days. Didn't seem to affect snowpack

Snow surface

Deep shreddable pow. Tricky on slopes

Snowpack

Did an informal stability test and found an unstable layer about 18" down. Like ball bearings allowing the new stuff to just slide. Heads up!

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