Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Test Slope Below Eldorado Bowl

Route & General Observations

We bailed on the planned route into Eldorado Bowl due to wind loading, poor visibility, and shooting cracks.

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

We intentionally triggered several small soft wind slab avalanches (10-20cm deep) while traveling along rollovers. We found shooting cracks and sensitive snow on NE through NW aspects at 3,300 ft elevation. Failures occurred on new snow under the wind slab.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Overcast with strong gusts of wind transporting snow.

Snow surface

New snow gradually forming soft wind slabs


Stability test results were ECTP1, PST20/100SF, and CTC. The wind slabs we found were generally four finger hard.

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