Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Indep. Mine to Dylan´s Molar to Rae Wallace

Route & General Observations

IMB > Dylan´s Molar> Rae Wallace > IMB
Previous heavy wind scouring to the ground on exposed features and ridgelines above 3000′.
Widespread breakable crust.
Non-breakable, supportable wind deposited snow at ridgelines, unreactive.
1 small, recent (1/13?) avalanche observed at NNW, 4400′, failed on facets near the ground in facet garden of rocks mid slope, likely during recent strong winds, HS-N-D1-O
Small localized cracking on recent firm, wind loaded snow
No whumphing

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

Recent natural listed in "route and other general observations"

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Broken skies, warm, mild temps, calm winds.

Snow surface

Widespread breakable to supportable crusts, 1-10" thick, above 3000'
HS 20-60cm of loose facets on Rae Wallace chutes, wind protected areas, Northerly, 3-4000'
Mix of breakable and textured orange peel on RW aprons.


North aspects above 3500-4000'
Strong strength, poor structure, propagation in PSTs at base of snowpack, ECTs generally not showing propagation.
Lacking melt freeze crust
Basal facets showing some gained strength and compaction.

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