Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Microdot

Route & General Observations

Obviously there has been thorough reporting of widespread instability, so will focus on what not yet reported.

Natural storm/windslab avalanche above Gold Cord Lake running full length. Crown width ~ 200 ft wide.

Ski cut triggered slide at 3,800 ft on W aspect of Microdot shoulder. Width ~ 100 ft, depth ~ 15 inches, couldn’t see how far it slid due to limited visibility. It broke at my feet.

Remote skier triggered slide across rest of above mentioned bowl. Width ~ 200 ft. Crack propagated from my feet for 50 feet before slide initiated.

Pit @ 4,200, SSW aspect, 26 degree slope
HS: 115CM
ECTP7 15 inches down at storm snow interface.
ECTN29 at near-ground melt freeze crust.
CT26 at near-ground melt freeze crust.

Skintrack filling in over course of each lap from wind loading.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes