Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Fishhook Creek, North Fork below gate to Hatcher Pass Road

Route & General Observations

Fishhook Creek just below the gate for upper Hatcher Pass Road.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SnowmachinerRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect East
Elevation 2900ftSlope Angle 35deg
Crown Depth 24inWidth 40ft
Vertical Run 40ft  
Avalanche Details

Fishhook Creek just below the gate for upper Hatcher Pass Road is a dangerous terrain trap. The west bank of the creek is subject to wind loading. This photo captures a snowmachine-initiated slide. Luckily, the rider did not get engulfed.

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

Numerous other natural slides on various aspects in the area after recent loading due to snowfal and wind.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear and sunny, 12 F, light wind.

Snow surface

A few inches of new powder over a crust.

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