Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: April Bowl

Route & General Observations

-mixed sun and cloud, above freezing in the sun and slightly below freezing in the shade
-heavy wet snow near the car and sun facing aspects
-snow dries out quickly on north facing aspects, within 500′ elevation gain from the parking lot
-snow quality is good, with relatively light snow on shaded aspects
-coverage is sufficient for good rock-free skiing in wind favored areas
-some aspects, ridgetops, lee ward terrain developed a denser, near surface layer that felt slabby
-was not able to initiate any avalanches by jumping on cornices and convexities
-some isolated cracking on northwest aspect approx 300′ below top of Hatch Peak
-April Bowl and Hatch Peak looking relatively skied out after a few days of nice weather

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
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