Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: IM to Road Run to Bonsai Trees (Mile 10)

Route & General Observations

Goals of the day were to assess basal facets in multiple elevations, determine whether bulletproof snow surfaces have softened, and find good quality low density snow in a protected location. Old firm wind slab snow surfaces have faceted -ever so slightly- and are covered with a couple inches of new snow. Variable conditions still exist in most locations.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

No cracking, collapsing or recent avalanches were observed today.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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2" new snow in the past couple days.
Calm wind today.
Temps @ 12pm
20degF @ 4500'
25degF @ 3550'
25degF @ 2700'

Snow surface

2" of new snow made a significant difference in riding conditions today!
Snow surfaces near IM at 3500' have 2" of new snow on firm and breakable crust.
Snow surfaces on the road run from 2500' to 1500' were bulletproof moguls with "little to none" new snow to be found.
Snow surfaces from Mile 10/Bonsai trees 1500' up to the bench below Frostbite at 2600' consisted of new snow on a faceted wind crust, breakable crust, and low density snow in and near the willows.


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