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Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Nosehairs- above Murphy Lake

Route & General Observations

Avalanche information communicated via observer in the area.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect SouthElevation 4500ft
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depth 24in
WidthunknownVertical Run 700ft
Avalanche Details

Observation communicated via person who watched event occur: 1st person triggered soft slab and was able to ski out. 2nd person triggered hangfire and was able to self-arrest on bed surface. Observer guessed depth was about 2 feet deep and most likely failed on crusts/facets beneath Valentines Day layer.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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3 inches new snow. Low winds from NE. 14deg at 2pm at 4500.

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