Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Hatch Peak

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Route & General Observations

Eventful day.
Standard route up to Hatch Peak. Skied April Bowl multiple times from a couple different angles, then finished up with a lap on $1000 run.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Glide
Aspect UnknownElevationunknown
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depthunknown
WidthunknownVertical Rununknown
Observer Comments

Lots of glide activity!
We actively witnessed a small piece of a previously released glide slide down at about 9am, above $1000 run.
Large glide release on the Willow Side of Hatcher Pass.
Glide release sometime in the afternoon on W face Marmot.

Cornice collapse near Hatch Peak entrained some snow.

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Observer Comments

Cornices were touchy after the storm!
We unintentionally triggered a cornice to fall near the summit of Hatch Peak, despite giving the edge a fair amount of space. This cornice entrained some snow as it fell. We noticed cracking along the ridge line at this cornice, then noticed cracking along almost all the ridge line cornices on subsequent laps. We intentionally broke a small cornice closer to Hatch Common.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Temps seemed to cool as the skies cleared up and wind slightly picked up.

Snow surface

Soft snow capped by a widespread, very thin crust. This crust was easily broken, making for decent ski quality.

Snowpack

Rode steep terrain w/o incident.

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