Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: $1000 Run

Route & General Observations

$1000 Run area from 11 AM – 3 PM, leaving a little before the heat of the day

Contact, Location & General Observations
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Forecaster Comments

Several new natural wet loose were observed late in the day Saturday on steep south aspects on Skyscraper above the summer road.
Arkose ridge slab/sluff combo happened on 3/7-8 (fake spring inversion event) with some additional new wet loose in the past few days.

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

Toured in this area on both 3/31 and 4/1. On 4/1, there appeared to be a few small wet loose slides on steep south to west aspects below rocks that may have occurred late in the day on 3/31 (after we left at 4 PM)... but this activity was not widespread and smaller than slides from last week before the dusting of snow Thursday. We also saw a few wet loose on Arkose Ridge while approaching Skeetawk on 4/1; didn't see these yesterday but may have missed them! See photo below.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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SUNNY. Few clouds transitioning to clear during the day.
Temps at 3000' in the 20s in the AM, 32 when leaving at 3 PM.
Calm except brief light west winds at our high point of 4000'

Snow surface

The 2-3" of new snow from Thursday night remains soft with no signs of sun on north to east, 3000' and above... and a dry snow surface at 3000' on non-solar aspects midday! Low angle southerly slopes were left with a very thin crust from yesterday's sun. 2mm surface hoar formed overnight, and was more noticeable up high.


Dug a quick pit on the northerly aspect just north of $1000 run - results/structure is below!

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