Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Palmer Fishhook Rd Mile 10.6 Hatcher Pass Alpine Xperience Pullout

Route & General Observations

Toured from HPAX lot to 3300′ up E ridge of Government Peak.(MSB parking lot)

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Forecaster Comments

This avalanche occurred on 4068' .

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Hard SlabAspect East Southeast
Elevation 3200ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Same avalanche as Taylor Crocker observation. Appeared to be skier triggered wind slab on up track @ ~3200'. E/SE aspect (observation marker on map at avalanche location). The slide occured on a heavily pillowed slope and, from HPAX lot, appeared to be ~50' wide and ran out of view. Estimated crown depth of 1-2'.

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

None observed. Elevations above alderline have some wind effect with E/SE aspects looking loaded.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear, 20F, Light wind from East.

Snow surface

Above 2500', 6-8" settled powder with variable conditions due to E wind.