Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Marmot Gully 1 AKA Mile 14 slide path

Route & General Observations

Observation via Bernard Federspiel

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Forecaster Comments

Warming temperatures have allowed for recent natural wet loose avalanches this week, but the warmth is now making it's way to the basal layers of the snowpack and allowing for full depth wet slab avalanches. Continued warm temperatures at upper elevations without good overnight freezes will allow for natural wet slabs to continue and get bigger in size. Expect natural wet slab avalanche activity to peak in the PM, between 2-8pm, but possible at any hour with very warm temperatures, especially on steep slopes with good angles of incidence to solar radiation.

A second natural wet slab avalanche was triggered early morning, between 5-8am, today by a wet loose point release on the east face of skyscraper mountain. This avalanche failed at the ground in a portion of the bed surface and ran about halfway to the parking lot, with the debris stalling out on slope.

Expect wet slabs to run far, use extra caution when traveling in the backcountry by giving slopes an extra wide berth.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Wet SlabAspect Southeast
Elevation 3800ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Run 2000ft  
Avalanche Details

Natural wet slab on Marmot at mile 14, just past Archangel Road on the way up, same slide path that closed the road in November, crown at ~3800' depth is very deep partially obscured from view on road, bed surface ground, ran within 20 feet of the road, 1700' run, happened sometime between 2-5 pm today. Some natural wet loose in the same area.

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

recent avalanches, rapid warming, lack of overnight freezing

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Inch of new snow overnight, Warm during day


wet and saturated, isothermal

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