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Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Microdot Up track

Date:
Observer:
Route & General Observations

Toured up normal Microdot up track from Independence Mine lot. Stopped at 3900′ and dug a test plus pit on West facing aspect near northwest facing chutes.

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

Increased shooting cracks throughout the day, and small volume skier trigger loose dry sluff. Increased wind loading throughout the day.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Sky: overcast
Temperature: mid 20s
Precip: none
Wind: building throughout the day gusting 30+, with blowing snow

Snow surface

Variable
Wind affected soft snow, with surface rippling
Pockets of deep snow along with scoured areas

Snowpack

Dug test plus pit at 3900' on West facing aspect of Microdot ridge, looking for active wind slab, was not found.
Snow depth 198-220cm
4F hard wind skin over 25-35cm of fist hard soft new snow, over 4F faceted layer
ECT did not show any propagation

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