Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Road Obs

Route & General Observations

Fresh natural avalanches observed that likely occurred overnight on Microdot in the Nosebleeds on a NW aspect and Marmot SW to W aspects. Wide-spread wind effect above 3500′. Snow is more stripped on Easterly aspects and loaded on Westerly aspects from the Easterly winds the last few days.

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

Natural avalanches that appeared to happen overnight. Small and large slab avalanches in the Nosebleeds on Microdot (NW aspect) and several small avalanches including at least one slab avalanche and one cornice fall off the W to SW aspects of Marmot. It also appears there may be several new avalanches in Eldorado Bowl on an E aspect that occurred overnight.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear skies, no precipitation, calm winds, temperatures in the low 20s F

Snow surface

Wind texturing and pillows noted above 3500' on Westerly aspects. Easterly aspects look more stripped with rocks exposed in many locations, particularly along Summit Lake road from Hatch Peak to Skyscraper.

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