Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Gold Cord basin

Route & General Observations

Warming event with above freezing temperatures to at least 4100 feet, where we turned around. A melt-freeze crust is forming on the surface, 1-2 inches thick. Very wet snow at the gate elevation.

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Observer Comments

Rapid warming. This may stabilize things long term. The new crust may be a sliding surface depending on what happens next.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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38 degrees at Independence mine, above freezing at 4100 feet, new storm snow forming melt-freeze crust

Snow surface

Melt-freeze crust forming to at least 4100 feet


Ski pole test shows new, soft melt/freeze crust 1-2" thick forming, then moist snow below to the last wind-slab layer