Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Microdot

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Route & General Observations

Flatlight tour from IM up to Microdot to observe 3-4″ of new snow from Monday, assess hardness, variability and continuity of buried crusts, and attempt to ski with no visibility. We observed a few small recent natural sluffs near the Lodge Run on Marmot. No other signs of instability were observed.

 

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Observer Comments

We observed a few small natural sluffs that failed with 3-4" of new snow on old firm bed surfaces. No cracking, whumping, or recent slab avalanches were observed.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

3-4" new snow on 3/4
Light winds ESE 12-14 mph with moderate gusts 17-20 mph at 4500' today
Mild temps in the teens at 4500', 23*F at 3500' and 29*F at 2700'.

Snow surface

On our tour, snow surfaces were soft low density snow that accumulated on 3/4. Firm crusts could be felt underfoot in isolated locations on southerly aspects. Melt freeze crusts that have been observed up to 3500-3800' from the 2.12-2.19 Feb Warm up are mostly deteriorating with a lack of continuity in the snowpack.

Snowpack

See side wall pit photo & Snowpilot

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