Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Tsunami Wall

Route & General Observations

We toured up Eldorado Bowl and dropped in to the Tsunami wall. Checked out and got photos of debris pile from human triggered avalanches yesterday.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

No cracking or collapsing. Dry Loose avalanches could be an issue in steep areas, slough was moving quite fast today.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly sunny all day, you could see a thick fog down in palmer. At times it felt quite cool in the shade(19°F) and near ridge tops, light winds could be felt during our tour.

Snow surface

Surface hoar is widespread at the moment. At mid elevations surface hoar was 1-2mm but as you gained elevation they grew up to 4-5mm. Soft high quality snow was widespread. Near ridge tops only 1-2" of soft snow remained, and old knife hard wind slabs could be felt underneath. At upper elevations thin coverage is still an issue, with last weeks snow barely covering obstacles.


Snowpack still has poor structure, moderate strength, and moderate-low propagation potential. At upper elevations thin coverage still an issue, with last weeks snow barely covering obstacles. Human triggered avalanches from yesterday on Tsunami Wall(backside of eldorado bowl) appeared to be D2 in size. Debris piles were up to 6' feet deep in places.

Eldorado Bowl 4000'
NNE 35° HS 60cm
CT19 SC Depth hoar 15cm from the ground

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