Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Snowbird Glacier and Glacier Creek

Route & General Observations

Route in to Snowbird was mostly skinnable on 10/31. Big wind event night of 11/1 into 11/2 redistributed new snow from the week before. Prominent north wind. Alternately buried the route in new wind slabs or scoured it away.

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

Reactive wind slabs up to 6” thick on top of non cohesive snow on south aspects.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Wind event 11/1-11/2. North wind, 15 mph gusting 40 mph.
5-10 degrees F. Clear skies.

Snow surface

Surface hoar on top of previous week’s new snow. Hoar knocked over and lots of wind transportation.