Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Goldmint

Date:
Observer:
Route & General Observations

Three folks departed Goldmint Trailhead about 10:45. Toured to about 2900 ft. Snow surface was able to support skier weight quite well until about 12:00, and then it started to get punchy. We chose lowest possible angles on the decent. Numerous local collapses near the upper alder line. Observed a moderate sized wet slab avalanche, which we may have remote triggered from below. There was a terrain feature between us and the slide path which provided natural protection.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger UnknownAvalanche Type Wet Slab
Aspect NortheastElevation 2900ft
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depthunknown
WidthunknownVertical Rununknown
Avalanche Details

Moderately short but steep slope. Crown appeared to be a few feet deep.

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

Wet poorly supported snowpack. Many wet slide avalanches on all aspects running to valley bottom.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Warm and overcast

Snow surface

Wet

Snowpack

Wet and poorly supported.

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