Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: The Knob

Route & General Observations

A Rec 2 field group comprising six students and one instructor ventured up the ridge towards the Knob for snow pit practice and to feel out the vibes.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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11:00 - 15:45: Overcast skies, calm winds, no precip, 38 degrees F

Snow surface

Wind crust decomposing into facets, ski penetration ~ 2-4"


7 pits were dug in total, with HS ranging from 80cm - 205cm. Below are the consolidated trends from these pits:

Location: The Knob
Elevation: ~2700 ft.
Aspect: Ranging N-NW
Slope: average of 25 degrees
Test Results: No propagating results for ECT and PST.

There were 2 weak layers noted in CT's and SS tests across all pits - one on a layer of facets down ~ 30 - 45cm, and in pits dug in deeper areas, another layer of facets above a knife hard crust down ~110cm.

Overall, facets seem to be rounding.