Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: $1000 Run / April Bowl

Route & General Observations

Toured up $1000 to look for natural avalanche activity and check out general conditions.

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

Recent looking debris on NE aspect of Hatch Peak (photo from afar in observation yesterday), date unknown. Some debris is older, but there is a pocket of windslab / cornice that looks more recent. Debris of unknown age on south side of Skyscraper, i.e. "Nixon's Nose". Debris looks relatively fresh.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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~20 degrees F. Wind light from the N / NE.

Snow surface

Settled powder. Wind crusts starting to form on ridgelines, and old skin tracks filled in by wind transport.


Pole probing and hand pits revealed that the melt-freeze crust is deteriorating, it offers much less resistance to pole probing than about a week ago. No formal stability tests.

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