Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Hatch Peak, 1000$ Bowl

Route & General Observations

skinned up road and up ridge to top of 1000$ run. new wind slab formation up to 1 foot in depth, new cornice formation. lots of evidence of newly transported snow. shooting cracks in isolated wind loaded areas. windy with poor visibility. N to NW wind loaded.

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

Shooting cracks, whumping, new cornice formation

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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1-2 in new snow. wind SE 10-30mph, temps around 20 F--a warm up from prior days

Snow surface

wind slab, wind scour. looks like the surface hoar is knocked down in unprotected areas


hand shears and mini ski cuts failing on wind slab/old crust interface up to a foot+ deep

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