Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Upper Gold Cord Basin, SW of Birthday Pass

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Hard SlabAspect South Southeast
Elevation 4400ftSlope Angle 35deg
Crown Depth10ftWidth 700ft
Vertical Run 1000ft  
Avalanche Details

Hard slab naturally triggered slide that ran approximately 300 vertical feet and subsequently appears to have triggered a soft slab/loose snow avalanche with runout that ran another 300 vertical feet down to and over a terrain trap then down a low angle gully to the nearly level valley floor. Other smaller "composite" avalanches were observed in the basin as well. The bed surface of the hard slab avalanche was very smooth and did not go all the way to the ground. Classification: HS->SS-N-S-U-D3-D2.5/D3-O

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

Heavy snow overnight followed by high winds transporting new snow snow.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Heavy new snow overnight with 12+" accumulation with a SE wind to 10 MPH followed by clearing skies and a wind shift the the NW with gusts to 30+ MPH. Temps in the 20sF except during solar-noon where they got up new 32F.

Snow surface

Heavy new wind blown and drifted snow forming soft slabs.


Late season storm over deep existing snow pack with known persistent weak layer.

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