April 16, 2010

Hatch Workout

Hatch Peak was blustery today with poor visibility. Snow stability was not good. Natural releases had occurred on convex rollovers with northeast aspects, similar to the line we preliminarily planned to ski off Hatch. With cracks extending from our ski tracks, audible snowpack settlement and the recent slide activity, we settled for a mellow line down "Thousand" and lived to ski another day.

We encountered another intrepid group on Hatch. They practiced some snow science on a rollover just across Fishhook Creek from the parking area near the Hatcher Pass Road gate. They were working at a slab that slid to ground. It may have been triggered by a traverse track above the crown not really visible to the camera, or perhaps it was a natural and someone made a post-slide traverse above it.

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