Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Independence Mind

Route & General Observations

Study pits around Ind. Mine on E. aspects. Note: all snow study conducted within 100m of the mine.

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


Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clearing down valley, mild weather and moderate temps. NO RAIN! 3cm of new snow overnight.

Snow surface

Rimed new snow, 2-3mm. Dry. No crust.


Moderate strength, poor structure:4 lemons, PWL in top meter (MF crust down 40-70cm (20171119)), fracture character ranged from Q1-Q2 in small column test moderate to high propagation potential (MF crust 40-70cm down, ECTP 15-25; PSTN 20-49(20171119),highly spatially variable.

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