Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Road observations, Hatcher pass

Route & General Observations

Road observations

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SnowboarderRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Northeast
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Near Miss / Accident Details
Number Caught/Carried? 1Number Partially Buried?0
Number Fully Buried?0Number Injured?0
Number Fatalities?0  
Avalanche Details

Avalanche appears to be triggered by snowboarder on Northeast side of peak 4068. Tracks at top of avi and then come out lookers right at the early part of the debris. We also saw plenty of natural avalanche crown on Nosehair and Pinnacle (see photos).

Events of the day

Just doing a drive by to see the new snow. Only a handful of people out. Lots of wind effects on Archose ridge, Punk spines, and Stairstep.

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

New unsettled snow. 8" at Independence mine and 4-5" at the valley entrance.
Storm avalanche crowns visible on several slopes from East to to West. Skier triggered on Northeast slope.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clearing skies. 22 degrees and falling. New snow seem moist.

Snow surface

4 to 8 inches depending on elevation.


No formal pit.

Photos & Video
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