Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Summer Road

Route & General Observations

Summer road to about 3200ft. Skied the road back to the car. Multiple parties getting good turns on the $1000 run though one person I talked to said it is “still a bit sharkey.”

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)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

Tromping around off the road I got a couple small, localized collapses and one bigger collapse. No shooting cracks or releases on small test slopes.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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High scattered, calm winds and 33F at the car at 1pm.

Snow surface

About 20cm new snow on top of the existing snowpack, with a few dippin' dots on the surface.


What appeared to be a mid storm density change about 10cm down, pulled out with medium effort in hand shear, giving an irregular shear plane. Ski pole probing showed the basal facets to be widespread and snowpack depth ranging around 50-70cm. Ski pen 20cm, Boot pen 30cm. Quick pit in photo, marked where I thought the layers are.