Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: North end of Government Peak

Route & General Observations

Splendid weather.

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

One whumpf was observed, multiple 1-3ft shooting cracks.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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New snow, increasing density with elevation, mixed cloud and sun, -6c at the car at 9am, low to no wind.

Snow surface

New snow is fairly dense, which increased with elevation, mostly in the alpine. Lot if pillowing on open faces. There is a small 2mm crust on the surface of the new snow.


Performed ski cuts when entering slopes and jumped on cornices, didn't get any results. Roughly 25cm of ski pen below 3200 ft, about 15cm above 3200 ft. Observed some natural avalanches on the north face of Government Peak that probably occurred during the storm.

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