Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: April Bowl, Hatch Peak

Route & General Observations

Tour from Hatcher Pass gate to Hatch Peak with 3 partners, descended S/SW on “Seven Sacred Chutes”, followed by multiple descents along Bald Mountain Ridge.

Observed multiple glide cracks, 2-3 ft. crowns from multiple wet and wind loaded releases on all aspects.


Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snow surface

2-3cm Thin crust layer through skin track and all runs, except deeply pocketed northern facing patches.


Conducted Hardness, CT at
61º 45.6496' N, 149º 18.7234' W
(Near cornice at Hatch Peak)
-4,749 ft.
-Northern Aspect
-Base snow depth: 190 cm
-CT29 Q1, 45cm cohesive Slab

No releases, 2-3cm thin crust present on all aspects from 9:30am-2:30pm

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