Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Two-Mile Creek-Near Gold Mint

Route & General Observations

Started at Gold Mint parking lot at 10:30am, walked down gold mint trail for two miles and turned right into the two-mile creek zone just past delia creek to check out northern aspects and to do full profile pit tests.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Only potential red flags observed was some pretty fast warming from the morning to the afternoon (~20°F increase), and a maybe recent, small dry loose avalanche on only northern aspects, pics below; observed two other similar looking avalanches on same aspect. Unsure of age, pretty certain of them being naturally triggered.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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@ 10:12am at Gold Mint Lot
Winds: Calm, gusting Light from the SE
Sky: Clear
Temps: -6°C
Precip: NO
@ 13:00 at pit location
Elevation: 2570'
Winds: Calm, SE
Sky: Clear increasing to Few by 15:00
Temps: -8°C
Precip: NO
@ 15:30 at Gold Mint Lot
Winds: Calm, SE
Sky: Broken, slowly increasing
Temps: 0°C
Precip: NO

Snow surface

In the morning snow surface was 3-4cm of dry new snow on all aspects over a melt-freeze crust varying from ~7cm supportable on solar aspects and ~4cm breakable on all other aspects. By 14:30, warming temps and aggressive sun affect caused snow surface on observed solar aspects to be so that the top 3-4cm of new snow to become moist, and for the melt-freeze crust to become wet and to start melting.


Pits dug on a N aspect at 2570' at 13:00; pit profile and test results below
HS: 160cm
Shovel Tilt Test, Moderate effort, Q1, 8cm down from snow surface, failed on new/old interface
CT22, Q3, 26cm down from snow surface

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