Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Eldorado Bench

Route & General Observations

APU Snow Science 1 toured to northern Eldorado Bowl to check out the snow from the recent storm.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Only small volume sluffing on ski turns.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear skies, temps teens to twenties - it was nice to feel the warmth of the the sun.
Calm to very light N winds.
No precipitation.

Snow surface

Mostly soft snow conditions, but definitely varied levels of wind impact from slight wind erosion, 1-5cm wind crust to full on sastrugi at higher ridge line at 4100'


We assessed snow at the 3800' on SE aspect on 30 deg slope.
HS: 130-200 cm, bouldery ground caused uneven snow heights.
Top of the snowpack: 55-70 cm of decomposing particles.
Layer of concern:
Recent storm/old snow interface about 5cm above the distinct rain crust. Saw some rimed particles intermixed with facets in this interface. Took some force to initiate, but showed moderate propagation potential
ECTP21 & CT22SC x3 on this layer.
Did not find surface hoar in the snowpack in this location; basal facets were well developed.

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