Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Unknown

Route & General Observations

Skied several laps on a SW/W-facing slope and triggered a slide.

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Forecaster Comments

We believe this avalanche occurred on a SW or W aspect near Hatcher Pass. The photo clearly shows the slab sliding on a sun crust bed surface. The description of the avalanche follows persistent slab behavior in that the avalanche was triggered on the FOURTH lap. Location and aspect have not been verified.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type UnknownAspect Unknown
Elevation 4500ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Near Miss / Accident Details
Number Caught/Carried? 1Number Partially Buried?0
Number Fully Buried?0Number Injured?0
Number Fatalities?0  
Avalanche Details

Triggered the slide on our 4th lap of the SW or W aspect at 5pm. The skier who triggered it was caught but skied out.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Temperature unknown, but probably in the low-mid twenties. Calm, clear, sunny.

Snow surface

Powder, no surface crust.

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