Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: S. end Gold Cord Basin

Route & General Observations

Skied from Independence Mine PL up maintenance trail to S. end Gold Cord Basin.

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

Ski cuts on W. facing gully wall 0.1 mi N. of PL resulted in 6 in sluffs of wind transported snow sliding on M/F crust. See attached pic.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Party to mostly cloudy with calm winds and no new snow. Temps warming throut the day. At 1500 suface snow temp = -1C.

Snow surface

Wind transported snow with mix of loose and wind crust on slope. Boot penetration = 18 cm.


Faceting wind-transported snow on top of M/F crust with buried wind slab and more facets beneath to ground. CT14Q1@45cm. ECT14@45cm with no propagation. Wind slab breaking on layer of facets. Temp profile on lower snowpack showed > 1C/10cm snow. Enough to cause observed faceting in lower snowpack. Wind transported snow transitioning to facets. See attached snow pit.

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