Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Peak 4068

Route & General Observations

Toured up from the road just above Skeetawk to 4068 and skied a few laps on Sunnyside. Saw a few other groups skiing Frostbite and Wimp Bowl, but Sunnyside remained untouched

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

Experienced several large audible whumphs when skinning across the flats near the Frostbite SNOTEL station, but no collapsing. Likely buried Leap Day surface hoar that stayed intact in sheltered areas. No whumphing experienced further up as winds probably destroyed surface hoar before being buried. Saw a couple large (D2-2.5) avalanches from the recent storm cycle from Women's Run and Sunnyside of Hatch Peak. Debris ran all the way to bottom of valley.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Beautiful but cold weather today. Temps were around 0F the whole time but lack of wind and strong March sun made it feel a lot warmer. Luckily the Talkeetnas escaped the strong outflow winds seen all across Southcentral today.

Snow surface

Snow quality was great, with the exception of exposed windward upper elevation ridges which were scoured down to knife hard ice and wind board. Snow surface remained cold and dry, even on southerly facing aspects in the afternoon.

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