Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Microdot + Nosehairs

Route & General Observations

Skied a south facing run in the ‘Nosehairs’ area, as well as a south facing run off Microdot, perhaps known as ‘Swimmin’ Tim’s.’ Observed signs of a warming snowpack throughout the day.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Wet Loose SnowAspect Unknown
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Natural and skier triggered wet loose avalanches on South facing aspects. Most were small, but some (as seen in pictures) moved a lot of snow.

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

Wet loose point releases and roller balls were observed throughout the tour.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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The marmot ridge weather station measured 17 degrees F as a high today, but don't be deceived. At least on the S facing, solar radiating aspects where we were, it was cookin.

Calm wind, blue sky, and low clouds.

Snow surface

At 4:00 pm, while on the south aspect of Microdot, the top 8 inches of snow were noticeably wet. "Hot pow" as the kids say these days.

Photos & Video
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