Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Microdot WSW 4057'

Route & General Observations

Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol members made a quick afternoon tour into Rae Wallace Bowl and up Microdot to observe snowpack conditions. Low density powder surface made for great skiing when we didn’t find rocks thinly covered by the Thanksgiving snow.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

Skies were clear overhead with a light NW breeze and single digit temps falling through the afternoon.

Snow surface

Fist hard, dry, low density powder


Quick pit at 61.79208, -149.26605 elevation 4057ft. W aspect. 33 degree slope angle.
HS 72; CT22 Q2 at 47cm; ECTN21 @ 47cm
Ski pen 32cm; boot pen 41cm

...also found a couple of isolated small wind slabs that did not whumpf or crack