Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Hatcher Pass, Southwest aspect MicroDot Peak

Route & General Observations

Skinned up from Independence Mine Parking Lot into head of Rae-Wallace Bowl then up south ramp to Picnic Bench at 4200′ on MicroDot west ridge. This observation is after first snow storm of season. Wet grabby snow surface below 3500′. Dryer powder above. Primary danger is sloughs on higher slope angles.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Dry Loose SnowAspect Southwest
Elevation 4600ftSlope Angle 40deg
Crown DepthunknownWidth 40ft
Vertical Run 200ft  
Avalanche Details

Skier descended from near MicroDot summit along rock ribs on SW face. He initiated a large slough and at one point was skiing below it followed by a dog. They cleared the slough by skiing at a cross angle. Slough was large enough to knock skier down and bury dog.

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

Large slough avalanche came down the Martin Mine gully on south side of Skyscraper at some point during the storm. Overall, point releases off dark rocks facing west

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear and sunny, light winds. See attached snow profile image.

Snow surface

Wet grabby snow surface below 3500'. Dryer powder above.


See attached snow profile image.

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