Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Gold Cord Lake moraine

Route & General Observations

Skied Nosebleed and was coming out Gold Cord Lake heading for the mine road to ski the groomer. Avalanche was on the moraine coming out of the lake.

Also, slope skiers left on Nosebleed, the steeper part where sometimes the uptrack is put, all slid in one of the recent storms. Lots of chunks on the slope and debris on the lake covered by a couple inches of fresh snow.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Southwest
Elevation 3900ftSlope Angle 30deg
Crown Depth 8inWidth 150ft
Vertical Run 300ft  
Avalanche Details

Went to ski the slope and made two hard, cautious turns to test the snow and slope. Snow was more heavy and wet from the sun. On 2nd turn the snow cracked and propagated below me, spreading across the slope. The speed of the moving snow was moderate, chunky and heavy enough it might knock a person down. Debris wasn't enough to bury someone, but did go in a small terrain feature that made it pile up a bit more. Definitely failed on the infamous drizzle/sun crust. Skied the bed surface out which was unbreakable crust. No dogs or people caught.

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

Group of 2 that broke trail to the top of Microdot said they heard whumphing, not right near the trail but nearby. There was a large shooting crack when I stopped for the avalanche that continued from my skis across the gully another 75ft or so.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Bluebird with clouds quickly coming in. Hot in the sun. Flat light before reached the parking lot.

Snow surface

Mix of sun crust and moderately wet snow on south and west faces.

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