Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Microdot lowers

Route & General Observations

Toured up microdot on south side, kicked cornices onto north with no results, skied down 2nd chute on south aspect, wrapped lower benches, investigated snowpack, conducted study pit for monitoring tracked layers.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

None. Old wind slabs are stubborn to unreactive.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Few clouds, in and out of hard light on southerly aspects, warm, 0.4C air temp at 12:00 at 4000'

Snow surface

wind blown crusts, old rain crusts in few places which overly very advanced facets (highly variable), sastrugi, raised tracks, 2" wind blown soft snow, very small locations of perfect angle of incidence sun crusts.


Poor structure, high strength, low energy, high variability - poor continuity
Poor structure could be more problematic in isolated locations as spring warms up, free water is available or temps soften thick slabs enabling humans to affect deeper layers.
Some areas of pure facets in shallow locations.

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