Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Japanese Trees

Route & General Observations

Two laps of the bowl above Japanese Trees. Clear sky and very limited wind.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Small stuffs releasing from ski tracks on S slopes steeper than 35°

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Severe blue. Wind up to 5kt for short bursts. No snow transportation.

Snow surface

New snow


Grauple layer spotted on both pits approximately 20cm deep. Did not want to propagate.
Pit 1: ECTN 23 20cm. Loose snow on top of graupel layer. 2800’ E slope protected from all wind.
Pit 2: Informal hand pit at 3200’ on east slope near ridge. Graupel layer buried under a fairly cohesive (wind?) slab was weaker than the rest of the snowpack, but did not want to release.

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