Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Wimp Bowl

Route & General Observations

Went for short tour up Wimp Bowl in search of soft snow and to see how the persistent slab problem is doing. Surface conditions are highly variable.

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Observer Comments

No collapsing or shooting cracks

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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1" of new snow at 16 mile parking lot. Winds were calm at the start of the day but northeast winds began to pick up around 1pm. wind from last night had transported a small amount of snow.

Snow surface

Snow surface was highly variable with dust on crust in some areas, and soft boot top snow in areas protected from the wind. A thin crust could be felt just below the surface in most areas.


We dug one pit today. The snowpack has poor structure, moderate strength, and low propagation potential. Depth hoar was found in several different hand pits while traveling. We stomped on a very small soft cornice and got some small cracking less than 2m. Winds seems to have transport a little bit of snow last night.

HS 60
NE 20° slope
CT3 RP 10cm from surface, above old MF crust
ECTN14 10cm from surface, above old MF crust

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