Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: NW Aspect Hatch Peak

Route & General Observations

Skinned the road all the way to the Pass, visibility increased over the day.
A few days old Avalanche in the NW Aspect of Hatch Peak.
Skied down to the Valley and toured back up to the Pass.
Several Point releases on S aspects. Skinned up to 1000 dollar Run.
Skier remote triggered a slide into a bowl in the N Aspect of Hatch Peak on a 30’s º Angle.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Hard SlabAspect North
Elevation 4200ftSlope Angle 32deg
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

A remotely triggered avalanche was released after several skiers/riders dropped into a bowl between the N aspect of Hatch Peak and the 1K dollar run shoulder. A successful companion rescue was performed.
The avalanche released all the way to the base, to possible early season facets (found it on a pit in similar aspect, dif. location.)

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Recent avalanches were found on N aspect on the same peak, but towards the Willow Valley, Summit Lake. Big Whumphing in the flat area near this lake.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Visibility was gear, Sky was broken. Few clouds in the sky. Temps in the 10's. Light/calm winds.

Snow surface

Fresh snow from the day before and the storm overnight.


Dag a pit at 3825' on a NW aspect on a 27º slope. @ 61.76843,-149.31844.
CT17 Q3
On a faceted layer on top of a crust layer.

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