Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Marmot NW Face

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Route & General Observations

5″ fresh snow, pretty wet at the parking lot, dried out with elevation, but not fully. Natural avalanches from storm, covered in a couple of inches of snow.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect North NorthwestElevation 4400ft
Slope Angle 45degCrown Depth 6in
Width 150ftVertical Run 300ft
Avalanche Details

Skied off the top of Marmot Ridge onto the N face. Started skiing right of the fall-line on one of those spiney ridges, and then cut skiers left to get on top of it, then the storm slab released. A section broke out, was not deep enough to carry me. I then continued cutting and another storm slab released. Avalanches stopped before the end of the couloir / apron.

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

Small natural avalanches from storm. New snow.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Light to no wind, mostly cloudy, below freezing on ridge tops.

Snow surface

A noticeable dense slab on top, definite wind loading, possible soft wind slabs. New snow was wet at the parking lot; progressively dried with elevation but still heavy at the ridge top.

Snowpack

No snow science was performed