Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Rae Wallace/Marmot

Route & General Observations

Up the standard Rae Wallace uptrack chute from Independence parking lot to ski an untracked chute 3? from the middle entrance. Don’t worry, the uptrack was in the “correct” chute.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type UnknownAspect Northeast
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Ski partner reported triggering a small soft slab, about 1- 1.5 ski lengths wide in the middle of the chute. He was able to move to a safe zone to allow time for the snow to run downhill. It appeared to have failed on that crust layer formed on 12/5. My partner noted he thought he had triggered a small wind slab but thought he had felt it continue to that crust layer.
We also trigger a small ~2 ski length windslab on an entry to our line just skiers left of the marmot high points and exposed rocks. Debris ran 30 yards? It was incredibly hard to see definition in the snow.

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Observer Comments

Recent wind affect on the ridge

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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"Jesus take the wheel" flat light with about a 10 minute window of decent light
High clouds. Nice inversion. Car said it was -8 on the turn before the little sue bridge. +7 when we parked at the mine
Light wind in the parking lot and on the ridge once exiting the uptrack.

Snow surface

Some soft and firm wind affect on the ridges and in Rae Wallace


No formal tests were done