Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: SW Facing Face between Micro Dot and Ray Wallace Wall

Route & General Observations

Toured from mine parking lot to check conditions after wind event. Ski conditions are extremely pour, entire pass is wind scoured at upper elevations / Ridges to tundra. The low elevation is extremely wind affected, compact wind slab and variable conditions through out the valley.

Contact, Location & General Observations
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Forecaster Comments

This avalanche likely occurred early morning 2/14 near Dylan's Molar.

Avalanche Details
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Avalanche Details

Natural Slide occurred just south of our position in the bowl proper between micro / rae Wallace. We conducted an extended column test, found a weak layer approximately 3 inches below a compacted wind crust, which failed within 3 taps. Snow below was stable.

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

Multiple surfaces had slide within the valley, mostly on western / sw aspects.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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33 Degrees, light wind, at elevation 4100 feet

Snow surface

3 inches of wind affected crust below 5 feet of compacted powder.


Completed informal pit to access avy conditions and get cardio

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