Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Rae Wallace (The Molar)

Route & General Observations

Toured up and over Microdot to Sydney Creek. Skied a few laps in Sydney Creek then headed out via the Molar. Excellent travel and no signs of instability until the Molar.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect SoutheastElevation 4500ft
Slope Angle 30degCrown Depth 10in
Width 60ftVertical Run 400ft
Near Miss / Accident Details
Avalanche Details

A skier descended from the peak above Sydney Creek towards e saddle (towards the Molar) then dropped into the bowl. A dog was hot on his tails and the dog actually triggered a soft windslab below itself. The skier was located on a rib and it broke around him. No humans or dogs were carried.

Events of the day

Excellent skiing was found on East and North-facing runs. On the return to Independence Mine we discussed the change in aspect and noted wind loading with cornices over the molar and saddle with more prominent wind crust. Instead of skiing directly down the bowl the lead skier followed the ridge to a lower prominence when the slab broke. It ran on the crust layer. Did not step down. Did not run to valley floor.

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