Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Gold Cord Basin

Route & General Observations

Visual observation of Gold Cord Basin during after last storm cycle.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Dry Loose SnowAspect Unknown
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Multiple natural releases of soft slab and dry loose avalanches during last storm cycle. Occurred during height of storm and debris are somewhat obscured by wind deposited snow.

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

Recent "full conditions" storm with high winds and heavy snowfall.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Over 24 hours of high winds gusting to 45 mph from the SE with mixed grapuel, rhyme and fine snow. Visibility was often less than 50' and never over 1/4 mile during the storm. Just before dark on 4/4/21 the wind changed direction while snow was still falling to a gusty to 30 mph NE wind. Skies started clearing to the N NE just before dark. Gusty N NE winds continued through the night transporting snow. This has created a complex multidirectional wind loading situation.

Snow surface

Wind transported snow with loose graupel on some lowlying surfaces and in wind wells.


Fresh windblown snow on top of late season snowpack.

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