Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Two Lakes Valley

Route & General Observations

Sun crust on southern aspects and soft snow on northern aspects

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

My ski partner did witness a whumphing on the upper bowl on a NW aspect while traversing. Many wet loose were observed on solar aspects.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Temps in the high teens/low twenties to start the day at 9AM. Clear skies gave way to partly cloudy and then mostly cloudy by 4PM.

Snow surface

Northern aspects are holding soft snow with a some wind effect on higher elevation along the ridges.


Dug a quick pit at:
Slope Angle: 29°
NE Aspect
HS 195 ~ 260cm deep
CT 17 (20cm down), 27 (50cm down)

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