Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Microdot & Birthday Pass

Route & General Observations

Toured up and down Microdot; toured up and down Birthday Pass. Handful of backcountry skiers out on Microdot and Gold Chord. Snow was rock hard and never softened up above 4000′.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Temps in the high 20s / low 30s. Clear skies and light winds in the morning; cloudy and windy with gusts to 30mph in the afternoon.

Snow surface

For the most part everything is rock hard refrozen mank. Above 4500' there is a light dusting of soft snow on N facing slopes. Snow above 4000' was supportable for skis and booting all day - however whenever we attempted to boot near exposed rocks we'd break through to thigh / waist. Below 4000' snow was supportable until midday.

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