Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: President's

Route & General Observations

Toured to 3100′ on SE glades of President’s Ridge through 6″ of fresh fluff. Conditions ranged from dust on crust to heady pow depending on the wind effect underneath, coverage was low above 3000′. No red flags were observed.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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10F and calm.
Moderate snowfall to 1 pm.

Snow surface

6" of blower rimed crystals with no wind effect.


Snow depths were frequently below 60cm above tree line on scoured aspects. More easterly locations harbored deeper snowpacks. Pits on a loaded ESE aspect @ 3050' showed roughly 50 cm of right-side-up snow over the Thanksgiving crust, with 50 cm of upside-down decomposed snow underneath. The early season basal facets and crust looked concerning as always but exhibited signs of bonding at our location. We had no propagating results between two ECTs and deep tap tests. A compression test yielded a progressive CT7 at the new/old interface. A pit profile is below:

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