Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Hatcher Pass Road: Gate to summit of pass.

Route & General Observations

On an otherwise bleak day, I skinned from gate to summit of pass and return.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Southeast
Elevation 4000ftSlope Angle 30deg
Crown Depth 12inWidth 200ft
Vertical Run 800ft  
Avalanche Details

Several avalanches along S aspect of Skyscraper Mountain. These seem to be storm soft slab releases. At least one ran to ground and across the road.

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

No whumphing or settling along the road.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Warm temperatures...probably just below freezing interpolating from Wx stations. Winds 15G30 mph. Especially exposed at pass.

Snow surface

Heavier density fresh snow from last 24 hrs ranging from 10" to bare ice at Pass.

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