Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Lower flanks of Idaho Peak, into Goodhope

Route & General Observations

Testing slope with snowmachine side hill cut low on the mtn. After 200+feet of sidehilling, a roughly 300 foot wide by ~1 foot crown released. Quickpit snow check prior to release showed the storm snow consolidated on top of the old surface layer.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SnowmachinerRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect East Northeast
Elevation 4700ftSlope Angle 30deg
Crown Depth 14inWidth 300ft
Vertical Run 1000ft  
Avalanche Details

See above.

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Observer Comments

Quickpit showed storm snow stacked on top of a bad surface layer.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Night time, clear, cold. Wind picked up after we paused to analyze the avalanche debris.

Snow surface

New snow. Did not step down.


Informal quickpit with sled cut, then back to test by hand on the snow wall.