Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Skyscraper, NE (avalanche) and SE (pit and video) aspects

Route & General Observations

Toured from IM to Eldorado to Willow to Skyscraper south. Looking for facets forming near, under, and in between crusts to GET THE PICTURE before the next storm.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Dry Loose SnowAspect Northeast
Elevation 4500ftSlope Angle 38deg
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Run 400ft  
Avalanche Details

Triggered dry loose sluff . Requires sluff management to not get sluffed. Many reports of skiers/riders triggering sluffs today.
No cracking or collapsing observed today.

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

Small to large human triggered dry loose sluffs on all aspects at mid and upper elevation on 12-4 and 12-5.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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No new snow since beginning of week.
Beautiful , clear, cold temps in the single digits 12-4 and 12-5.
Calm wind.

Snow surface

Surface hoar and rimed surface hoar up to 6mm in size, on ridges, below ridges, mid slope.
Old MF crust can be felt underfoot on windward aspects, especially at mid and low elevation.


see video and pit
video is taken in same location as pit

Photos & Video
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