Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Microdot Ridge

Route & General Observations

Microdot ridge and the Independence Mine Bowl showing 5-8″ new snow, dry and light powder, below 4,000′. 3-6″ above 4,000′. Accumulation was rapid very early this morning.
Small, D1 loose dry slides in Ray Wallace Chutes, triggering off of exposed rock and cliffs. About a dozen of these small natural slides across the slope.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Dry Loose SnowAspect Northwest
Elevation 4500ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

very few small collapses on wind loaded west aspects had no signs of propogation.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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5-8" new snow, dry and light powder, below 4,000'. 3-6" above 4,000'. Accumulation was rapid very early this morning.
No Wind
Mid-teens F

Snow surface

dry cold new powder on hard wind crust. New snow can't keep you off the crust in deep turns or on steeper aspects and higher elevations