Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: April Bowl

Route & General Observations

Toured a little west of April bowl. Snow surface is variable with different solar, wind, loading on every aspect. Did a couple runs on a steep, true north facing slope. Put 8 skiers down the slope, and the only moving snow was slough. Snow surface was about 5″ of ski penetration in light dry snow with progressively denser snow below.

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

Some shooting cracks when crossing a small, steep, west facing, shaded, wind loaded slope @ about 3300'. Snow surface was stiff. Triggered small 1m x 1m slabs as we walked across. Of the whole day, this small 20m long section was the only place we saw cracking or red flags.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly clear, sunny, light winds everywhere, moderate winds on ridge tops. About -2 celcius.