Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Rae Wallace

Route & General Observations

Fishhook Lot > Marmot South Ridge > Weather Station > Rae Wallace North > Presidents


Avalanche Details
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Trigger CorniceRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Northwest
Elevation 4200ftSlope Angle 38deg
Crown Depth3ftWidth 150ft
Vertical Run 500ft  
Avalanche Details

Estimated occurred on 2/21
Crown depth 1-3 feet
HS/mostlySS-NC-D2-O failed on 4F 1.5mm facets rounding
Appears cornice failed naturally at ridge line, bounced down slope, triggered this slab mid-slope

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

Recent avalanche triggered by cornice fall, see details in this report
Recent natural avalanche on Idaho peak, see pictures.
3-4 recent natural avalanches along the Arkose Ridge line above the Little Su River, see pictures.

Recent reports of collapsing in isolated locations, one report with shooting cracks, see observations.

No shooting cracks, collapsing or human triggered slab avalanches were observed today. Small and slow loose dry avalanches were touchy and easy to human trigger on slopes 40 degrees and steeper.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear skies
4-9F at 4500'
5-11F at 3050'
Calm to no wind 2800-4500' most of the day, with wind speeds building at 5pm on Marmot ridgeline above Presidents, flagging on peaks up the Mint Valley.

Snow surface

2/20 3" of new PP
Widespread Rimed Stellars at 4500'


Large slab sitting on early January facets with rounding, which are gaining a little strength, slowly. 4F harndess, 1.4mm, some old striations.
Recent avalanche on RW took a large, natural cornice fall to trigger the deeply buried weak layer.
Stability tests have been indicating moderate to strong strength, with recent improvements in PST results, above 50/100. Structure is poor. Energy is lowering over time. Stubborn to trigger, requiring large loads, such as cornice failures, rapid wind or precipitation loading events.

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