Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Micro Dot

Route & General Observations

Traveled up common Micro dot uptrack, skied NW lake run from just below summit, traveled back up to about 4500′ for a W face run.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Dry Loose Snow
Aspect WestElevation 4200ft
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depthunknown
WidthunknownVertical Run 40ft
Near Miss / Accident Details
Number Caught/Carried? 1Number Partially Buried? 1
Number Fully Buried?0Number Injured?0
Number Fatalities?0  
Avalanche Details


Events of the day

During the second lap of the day the first skier fell in steep terrain and was caught by a dry loose avalanche from above; the skier was carried about 30 feet and partially buried.

Rescue events

No rescue necessary.

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

Few recent dry loose avalanches released on S aspects across Gold Chord Lake from Microdot.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Valley fog up to ~3500', clear skies above.

Snow surface

Low density new snow, ~10cm ski penetration.

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