Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Goldcord Mountain

Route & General Observations

Skied from Hatcher Pass Lodge through Independence, Goldcord and High Grade up to Friendship Pass. Sunshine has been affecting the fresh snow. I saw results of several sloughs that ran for a few hundred vertical feet, all on southerly aspects. Though southerly aspects have sun effects, the snow surface also has surface hoar crystals that formed in the clear and cold nights.

Skiers will enjoy the firm base with unflinching support, topped by a layer of sweet faceted snow.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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15F at Hatcher Pass Lodge Parking Area


Sparkly facets on top
A few to several inches of soft, sugary snow on top of:
a very firm (hard in places) base that bridged most of the boulders at 4100-4400', above High Grade Cabin..