Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Independance Mine

Route & General Observations

We broke a deep trail from the parking area to the Independence Mine. Snowing hard and trail breaking over knee deep.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Heavy precipitation. Rapid loading from 2+ feet of snow. January persistent weak layer 150cm down.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snowing 1 inch per hour. Light wind and poor visibility.

Snow surface

2+ feet of new snow.


Snowpack observations from 3600 feet on a 10 degree South aspect. Height of snow was 310cm. Ski penetration 75cm. Boot penetration 110cm. ECTX, shovel tilt easy. PSTEnd 45/150 down 150cm above January facets.

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