Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Friendship Pass

Route & General Observations

Our group skinned up from the Independence Mine reaching Friendship Pass at around 1pm. We skied two laps on the Southeastern and Southern aspects of the main bowl leading to the pass. We did observe some sluffs coming down from the rocks on Southern and Southwestern aspects.

Avalanche Details
If this is an avalanche observation, click yes below and fill in the form as best as you can. If people were involved, please provide details.
Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Dry Loose SnowAspect South Southwest
Elevation 4700ftSlope Angle 35deg
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

We did witness multiple dry loose slides starting in the rocks at higher elevations. The paths were relatively small and did not pull out any slabs with them.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

We did observe Hatcher's persistent weak layer in a snow pit dug at the start of the pass at 4320ft (4mm Facets on windboard.) We were unable to find reactivity in this layer.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

There were 1-2" of new snow that fell last night. Mostly Clear, -2 C

Snow surface

1-2 in new snow
12 in faceting snow from recent storm


Dug pit 11:35am, SW aspect, 4322 ft, 27 degrees.
#1 CTN
Layer of concern- 3mm basal facets found 70 cm from surface- Non reactive.