Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Murphy Bench

Route & General Observations

APU Snow Science 1 group toured up to 3900′ on Murphy Bench to practice stability tests & look at snowpack layers.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

None observed.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Calm and pleasant greybird day at Hatcher with a short lived clearing in the middle of the day. Temps just below freezing all day. No new precipitation.

Snow surface

Variable with breakable wind crust and wind stiffened powder. We did not find the best ski quality today.


We wanted to investigate the reactivity of the Valentine's Day facets, but came home without dramatic test results. Interface within storm snow layers 50-65cm down failed repeatedly, but facets did not produce much excitement. Snowpack in our location was strong with low propagation propensity, even if some layers seem to have structural weaknesses.

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