Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Good hope

Route & General Observations

Snowmachine to end up valley and verted up ridge. Sunny day with no wind. Good snow.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SnowboarderRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Hard SlabAspect West
Elevation 5000ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 24inWidth 20ft
Vertical Run 125ft  
Near Miss / Accident Details
Number Caught/Carried? 1Number Partially Buried?0
Number Fully Buried?0Number Injured?0
Number Fatalities?0  
Avalanche Details

Snowboard caused avalanche. Wind slab broke at rider and carried him down slope. Seems to have failed at the interface of old new snow on fresh wind slab. Might have stepped down in areas.

Events of the day

We were playing around at the end of good hope all day. Nice temps and plenty of sun. No wind. We were there the day before and didn't encounter any winds. Our tracks from yesterday were still looking fresh and not covered by blowing snow so no real winds last night I'd assume.
Snowboarding down and felt the wind slab and the slab broke at the rider. Rider carried down and eventually able to gain footing and ride out. No bag deployed no injuries. Continued riding for the day and encountered no other incidents.

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Observer Comments

Encountered some old wind slabs that were non reactive.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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20s and sunny. Calm winda

Snow surface

Powder, wind pow,


Big facets in thin area around rocks.

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