Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Ray Wallace chutes

Route & General Observations

Skinned up from Independence mine parking lot through the rolling hills to the Ray Wallace chutes. Generally pretty hard (Fist) snow. Ski pen around 2-4″. Ski pole pen with a LOT of force was around 2′. Saw no signs of avy. Rain crust Little bit here and there toward the back of the bowl.

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Observer Comments

None seen, general observations and CTX on a ~37° test slope.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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No new snow, wind was light in valley, probably 10mph on top. Temp was around freezing, possibly higher.

Snow surface

Settled powder 3' deep. Fist hardness with a couple small layers of 4F.


Seemed stable from CTX and observations. Hiked half way up one of Ray Wallace chutes and had good turns.