Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Stairstep- Arkose Ridge

Route & General Observations

Toured from Mile 12 at 1500′ up to 4500′ on Stairstep to assess snow surface conditions prior to the anticipated wind event, perform instability tests, and find good powder. No red flags were observed today.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

No recent avalanches, cracking, or collapsing were observed today.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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HP has not received any new snow since 2/24.
Winds were surprisingly calm to light today on Arkose ridge. Marmot station @4500' reported light winds from the ENE throughout the day while winds cranked in the valley.
Temperatures were cold today and never made it above freezing at 4500'. It was a good day to keep moving. IM at 3500' reported 2deg F while Frostbite @ 2700' was a balmy 8deg F.

Snow surface

Snow surfaces are a mixture of new thin wind slabs, textured powder, and amazing low density snow on many aspects in protected locations. Many ridges are scoured down to wind crusts from 2/22 or old Oct/Nov melt freeze crusts. Cold temperatures over the past few days have promoted faceting of snow surfaces. Snow conditions have improved dramatically from the new snow 2/22 and 2/24.


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