Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Stairstep

Route & General Observations

standard up route. new snow to 20cms. snow still in trees down low. obvious wind(SE) texture in alpine
Topped out ~3500′

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Yes
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect North Northeast
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 12inWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

multiple remote triggers from 10-25m away. fresh soft leeward storm slabs usually on small unsupported slopes. one step down to basal facets in an extremely shallow area (previously scoured?)
See low light picture

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

Recent snow and wind, obvious wind texture up high, old slides on Punk Spines & elsewhere
collapsing in creek bed but no other collapses until near top out in the alpine. 2 collapses ;~ 3m, ~7m prior to de-skinning
1 audible collapse while down skiing coincident w 2nd remote

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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clear calm 20*F at road 1030h; slight 0-2mph ENE breeze in alpine after 1230h, 16*F; high clouds from SSW coming in by 1500h

Snow surface

soft new snow w/ increasing texture and wind crust depending on aspect w/ increasing elevation


basal facets topped by clearish MF crust w/ small facets above then faceting rounds w/ occasional wind thickened layers topped by 15-20cm low density pow
hand shears were resistant, no formal pits

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