Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Microdot Ridge

Route & General Observations

Toured up Microdot Ridge, back down our uptrack, then around to Gold Chord Lake. Lots of tracks on the north and south side of Microdot, no human triggered avalanches observed. Natural wet loose observed on the south aspect of Microdot. Spatial variability was the theme of the day. Maybe the worst skiing I’ve ever done, but lots of parties out enjoying the sun.

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

Wet loose avalanche observed on south aspect of Microdot, approximately 4300'. Appeared to be natural, triggered near a rock outcropping warming in the sun. WL-NL-R1-D1.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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At 3000', 12:00: Winds C-L from the North, Scattered clouds, ~30*F, No precip. SUN SUN SUN!!!

Snow surface

Spatial variability: wind slab, wind transported powder, sastrugi, melt-freeze crust, corn on solar aspects in PM.


See attached profile. CTV (RP), CT11 (SC), ECTP23 (SC), down 23 cm. CT21 (SC) down 42 cm.

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