Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Thousand Dollar Run

Route & General Observations

Toured up Thousand Dollar Run to check out wind effect on snow. Reached about 4300 ft before turning around due to winds and visibility

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

Rapid wind loading!

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Rimed Particles S1, strong winds with extreme gusts, -2 celsius. Rain line seemed to be below fishhook parking lot.

Snow surface

One finger wind slab forming 5-15cm on leeward aspects. A thin crust was observed starting at 3700' on surface and continued all the way to 4300'.


Wind slab was reactive in hand pits and failing on isolation in several locations.