Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Base of Cross Hill adjacent to historic Gold Cord Camp

Route & General Observations

Adjacent to occupied cabin at historic Gold Cord camp.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect South
Elevation 3900ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidth 50ft
Vertical Run 100ft  
Avalanche Details

Soft slab naturally triggered slide that ran approximately 100 vertical feet in two branches. Classification: SS-N-S-R1-D1.5-S

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

Heavy snow two days ago followed by high winds transporting new snow.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clearing skies and a wind shift the the NW with gusts to 30+ MPH. Temps in the 20sF except during solar-noon where they got up near 32F.

Snow surface

Heavy new wind blown and drifted snow on leeward slopes forming soft slabs.


Late season storm over deep existing snow pack with known persistent weak layers.

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