Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: President's Ridge

Route & General Observations

Access via Archangel Rd and ski track. The dogs wandered off the skin track into steeper terrain and triggered this soft slab.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger Foot PenetrationRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Northeast
Elevation 3000ftSlope Angle 40deg
Crown Depth 20inWidth 80ft
Vertical Run 200ft  
Avalanche Details

Two dogs triggered this soft slab, rode 200' vertical and self rescued.

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

Easy shears on sun crust.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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20" of new snow and snowing moderately all day.

Snow surface

New snow


New snow moving easily on old snow interface. Possibly some facets or surface hoar on the prior crust surface.

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