Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Lower Skyscraper

Route & General Observations

Put the skin track in at climber’s right of the lower Skyscraper/El Dorado bowl. Rode the lower runs off the bowl.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SnowboarderRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect North Northeast
Elevation 3700ftSlope Angle 38deg
Crown Depth 24inWidth 200ft
Vertical Run 50ft  
Avalanche Details

Cross loaded slope remotely triggered from about 50 feet away while ski testing another section of the slope, above the slide. The crown ran the length of the gully. The slab appeared to be all of this week's storm snow. The bed surface is a stiff melt/freeze crust.

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

No obvious signs prior to the slide. Pit results made us suspicious of steep northerly aspects.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Sunny, calm, 3-10 in of new snow on this week's storm looked wind loaded on northern aspects and minimally consolidated.


ECT 14 on the old/new snow interface on a NNE slope. This was an ugly column though.

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