Observation: Hatcher Pass


Route & General Observations

Alaska Avalanche Level 2 – 3 different groups toured Gold Cord Mine area, area above Independence Mine and Marmot

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

New snow, localized whumphing on 25-30 degree slopes.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Obscure skies. Low visibility. Light snow in a.m. progressing to overcast with light winds from the north. 12F.

Snow surface



-At 3400ft on SSW slope of Marmot we found 70cm of unconsolidated snow on ice crust on ground with low propagation potential. We got rowdy on the powdy.
-In Gold Cord Mine area on N aspect we found poor structure with moderate strength. Our layer of concern was the basal facet failures in ECT & PST tests.
-Above Independence Mine we found storm snow less reactive than expected and depth hoar persistent with moderate strength, moderate propagation potential and poor structure.

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