Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Two Lakes area (Gold Mint)

Route & General Observations

Afternoon tour up from Gold Mint TH past the “Knob” to ski laps on POI.

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

See photo of what looks like a human triggered slide on the WSW aspect of the Knob (3308). Uncertain of how recent this slide was.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Temps ranged from 5F to 15F, calm to light winds, clear skies.

Snow surface

Cold, faceted snow on the surface. No cohesive slabs found during our tour.


Hand pit on W aspect at 3500' showed similar results to 3/17 Obs from Valley of Sin. 25cm of faceting, low density snow above the drizzle crust that presented as a crust facet sandwich, with faceting above and below the crust. The crust was less cohesive than I observed right after its formation, and tended to crumble when pulling it out of the pit. Hand shear failed below the crust sandwich on facets. No formal tests performed.

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