Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Moose Creek (near dnigi hut)

Route & General Observations

Touchy snow pack… particularly the west facing aspects. 98% of old tracks covered.

Contact, Location & General Observations
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Forecaster Comments

This avalanche looks like it failed on the facets on sun crust/drizzle crust layer which has been the culprit in most avalanches this week.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SnowmachinerRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect West
Elevation 4000ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 12inWidth 70ft
Vertical Run 100ft  
Near Miss / Accident Details
Avalanche Details

One sledder trying to get up on the shelf above the valley floor — we had suspicion the face would release & sure enough it did. Rider was well aware & rode out. Did not run to valley floor.

Events of the day

Note the photo isn’t from the slide, but a separate. Unfortunately I didn’t snap a picture of the bigger release.

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