Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Lower Marmot

Route & General Observations

Post storm tour (after the road re-opened Wednesday at noon) to observe recent avalanches and instabilities in the snowpack. Observed 5 to 6 significant COLLAPSES up to 2 feet deep and CRACKING up to 50′ wide during our tour on a SW aspect. We turned around half way up Marmot due to red flags and low visibility.

Recent storm slab, wind slab, persistent slab and dry loose avalanches from 3/30 on SE Marmot gully 2, NE Face of Government, and South Idaho Peak in addition to other small avalanches observed today.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Yes
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect East Southeast
Elevation 3600ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 18inWidth 50ft
Vertical Run 300ft  
Avalanche Details

Remotely triggered persistent slab on a ESE aspect from 150 feet away. The slab failed on buried facets on top of the sun crust. This party also reported a large collapse today on their tour.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Significant CRACKING up to 50' wide and COLLAPSING 2 feet deep on the buried facets sitting on the crust layer on our tour today between 3000-3600' on a SW aspect.
We observed 5 to 6 large collapses today.
Recent wind slab, storm slab, persistent slab, and dry loose avalanches that happened mid to end of storm 3/29. Another party reported remotely triggering a persistent slab on a ESE aspect at approx 3600' from 150 feet away. More details in "Avalanche Details"

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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6-10" of new snow on 3/29 with moderate to strong gusts SSW for 12 hours.
12 deg. F at 1200 @ 4500'
22 deg. F at 1200 @ 3550'

Snow surface

New snow and PP including stellars, graupel, and ice pellets. 6-10" of new snow is cohesive and acts like a slab in specific locations. We observed 1 to 2 new thin breakable crusts within the new storm snow today with up to 10 cm of graupel on either side of the crust. This brings the crust count up to 7 in the current snowpack in specific locations.


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