Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Wet avalanches and Road obs

Route & General Observations

Drove up to HP to observe road aftermath and document WET avalanches from this week. Numerous wet loose and wet slabs were observed on East, South, and West aspects. We estimate most of the wet avalanches to have occurred between April 18-22, except for the photos of debris and the destructive force from the Easter avalanches 4/4.

Contact, Location & General Observations
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Forecaster Comments

Wet avalanches are predictable and avoidable. Cooler and freezing overnight temps above 4000' will assist in the corn cycle and keep north aspects more stable. Punchy and saturated snow should be avoided. If you want to get out and enjoy the spring, timing is everything! Wet avalanches can be dangerous.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Wet SlabAspect South Southwest
Elevation 3600ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Numerous wet loose and wet slab avalanches observed from the rapid warm up at HP between April 18-21st.

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

Rapid warm up this week, faster than usual. In general, nighttime temps have not been freezing below 4500' for a week and more than a week below 3500'.
Numerous wet loose and wet slabs that have gone to the ground. This wet avalanche cycle is earlier than usual for HP and more aggressive than we've seen in the past.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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No new snow since 4/4.
Calm winds today.
Temps maxed out in the 40's at 4500' today, much cooler the past few days.

Snow surface

Wet snow, depth varies. Isothermal in many locations below 3500'.
Northerly taking a while to warm up and be softened by the sun with slightly cooler overnight temps.


no tests performed today

Photos & Video
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