Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Blueberry Knoll (BBK)

Route & General Observations

A small soft slab was human triggered on Blueberry Knoll today. Elevation is unknown. Person was caught but able to hold onto alders and not carried. The avalanche was approximately 10-12″ deep, 15 ft wide with a slope angle of 42 deg. The slab broke 5 to 6′ above the skier/rider.

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Forecaster Comments

We believe this avalanche failed on near surface facets sitting on the wind slab that formed 2/8-9. Further investigation is needed.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Unknown
ElevationunknownSlope Angle 42deg
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Near Miss / Accident Details
Number Caught/Carried? 1Number Partially Buried?0
Number Fully Buried?0Number Injured?0
Number Fatalities?0  
Avalanche Details

Details passed down secondhand and not confirmed.
Avalanche approx 15 ft wide and 10-12" deep.
Avalanche fractured on the 2nd or 3rd turn above the person.

Events of the day

Person was caught, able to grab alders to arrest and was not carried or injured.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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12+ new snow on 2/11-2/13
Winds ESE G 22-30 for 11 hours on 2/14 at 4500'.

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