Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Skyscraper

Route & General Observations

Skied east and north facing aspects of Eldorado Bowl & Skycraper areas. Snow was variable, but mostly skied well with approx 10-30cm ski penetration. Still a shallow snowpack, as all party members hit at least 1 rock. Upper snowpack was a little stiffer than expected; seemed to be wind effected. Ridgelines, ridgetops, and slopes with an south-ish exposure seemed to have more wind effect and a crust in some places. No formal stability tests. Snow was stiff and hollow in some places. Observed 6″ – 2 ‘ shooting cracks, no whumpfing, skier triggered avalanches, or other red flags. Saw over 50 people skiing all aspects in the Independence Bowl area before clouds rolled in around noon.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes