Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Microdot

Route & General Observations

Toured out of the Independence Mine parking lot up the Microdot skintrack. On the uptrack, ski pole tests regularly revealed the layer at ~40cm below the surface. Consistent flagging across the valley towards Hatch Peak. Sky was overcast with deteriorating visibility and increasing winds. Dug a pit at about 3800′ and skied from 4000′ off the face. Off the track ski penetration was ~20cm and boot penetration was ~82cm. Snow skied great except the rocks just below the surface.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Overcast, light winds, zero precipitation.

Snow surface

Loose powder.


Pit: 3800' on Microdot, south aspect, 20 deg slope, snow depth ~100cm
CT14, Q2 @ 60cm
PST: 75cm END @ 60cm
PST: 75cm END @ 25cm

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