Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Valley of Sin

Route & General Observations

We toured up around the Valley of Sin at Hatcher Pass. Beautiful day!

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect EastElevation 4000ft
Slope Angle 40degCrown Depthunknown
Width 50ftVertical Run 1000ft
Avalanche Details

Some people triggered a slab that released to ground as they skied into the tops of those gnarly gullies on the east side of Hatch Peak. We heard second hand that nobody was caught.

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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Clear, light wind, teens, sunny.

Snow surface

About 8 inches of powder over a thin rain crust.


We dug one pit at about 4300 feet on an east aspect and found 100cm of snow. Extended column test went at ECTP18 at 20cm height in facets between old crusts.

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