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Skiing, snowboarding, snowmachining, hiking, walking, and all other methods of travel or recreation on snow are dangerous and a potential hazard to personal safety. Each person who ventures onto snow is responsible for his or her own safety. Many snow travelers find that education, information, and experience can increase their safety when they are on snow. The public observations reported on this site may appear to offer information about the safety of traveling or recreating on snow, but it is critical to remember that such observations are not evaluated or edited for accuracy and represent the subjective experience of the author.

Individuals may have widely differing perceptions, for a given location, date, and time, of the safety of traveling or recreating on snow, of avalanche hazards, and of skiing or snowboarding conditions. The hazards and conditions reported in an observation can change rapidly. In addition, individuals can differ greatly in both their perception of objective hazards and their acceptance of the risk to personal safety of these hazards.

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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1545130800December 18, 2018 11:00Hatcher Pass - $1000 Run / April BowlToured up $1000 to look for natural avalanche activity and check out general conditions.
1545048000December 17, 2018 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Cross HillToured from Independence Mine parking lot to the base of Cross Hill. When we arrived at the base of Cross Hill, I experienced the loudest Whumph I have heard to this point. We dug a pit and the result …
1545048000December 17, 2018 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Skyscraper MountainHad some great visibility today in Hatcher Pass. Was able to spot recent natural avalanches on Skyscraper Mountain, Eldorado Bowl, and possibly Hatch Peak.
1544965200December 16, 2018 1:00pmHatcher Pass - The Independence Mill below 900 ft Portal / TramwayToured around the Gold Chord area, the old Independence Mill, and water tunnel, below 900 ft portal/tramway.
1544895060December 15, 2018 5:31pmHatcher Pass - Two groups on 1,000 dollar ridge, one on bench below Skyscraper near Independence MineAlaska Avalanche School Level 1 Class Field Observations Day so we didn't travel far, but we dug a ton of pits. Noted no new avalanche activity or red flags
1544882400December 15, 2018 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Peak 4068Parked at upper road run lot, crossed creek and up the east shoulder of peak 4068 to 3650ft. Experienced propagating collapsing woompf and dug a pit to investigate. Skied down from the pit location …
1544829938December 14, 2018 11:25pmHatcher Pass - Microdot S and NosebleedTraveled from IMB parking to Microdot South Face and North face, Nose Bleed. Low density snow on top 10-30 cm. Some light wind effect on snow above 4200'
1544702400December 13, 2018 12:00pmHatcher Pass - MicrodotToured up Microdot to 4200' to have a look at the snowpack
1544450400December 10, 2018 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Hatch Peak > $1000 RunYesWillow Fishhook Road to Hatch Common, triggered remote avalanche on 35 degree N slope on $1000 run, then traveled to the 12/9/2018 avalanche site, conducted crown profile and instability tests. Skied …
1544389620December 9, 2018 9:07pmHatcher Pass - 4068YesSledding hill to 4068 via south aspect ridgeline
1544371200December 9, 2018 4:00pmHatcher Pass - Marmot, Eldorado Bowl, Hatch PeakYesNumerous human triggered avalanches in Hatcher Pass today.
1544364000December 9, 2018 2:00pmHatcher Pass - 1000 Dollar Run, Hatch PeakYesToured the road to 1000 dollar. Avalanche triggered by a party on the north face of Hatch Peak. Remotely triggered by the buried skier or his partner in another party. Crown likely 2-3ft, 200ft across …
1544363100December 9, 2018 1:45pmHatcher Pass - $1,000 runYesGood reminder to: - ski one at a time, - keep an eye on people while they ski, even if not part of your party and on a low angle slope. Slope being skied was ~25 degrees, but adjacent slope was m …
1544362200December 9, 2018 1:30pmHatcher Pass - Hatch Peak, $1000 Run, MarmotYesToured up the Fishhook-Wasilla Road to approach Hatch Peak from the northwest ridge between April Bowl and $1000 run twice on December 9th, 2018.
1544360400December 9, 2018 1:00pmHatcher Pass - NW Aspect Hatch PeakYesSkinned the road all the way to the Pass, visibility increased over the day. A few days old Avalanche in the NW Aspect of Hatch Peak. Skied down to the Valley and toured back up to the Pass. Severa …
1544360400December 9, 2018 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Cross HillToured up to Cross Hill to have a look at the snowpack.
1544356800December 9, 2018 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Eldorado BowlYesToured up east side of Eldorado Bowl from the main parking lot. Didn't get any whumpfing or cracking until I gained the ridge line of Skyscraper. Once on the ridge, I remote triggered (~10' away from …
1544346000December 9, 2018 9:00Hatcher Pass - N side of SE ridge of Gov Pk (and seperate ob on SE spur of Frostbite)YesSkin up from 10.2 mile Palmer-Fishhook pullout. Lots of wind transport first half of day. Avy on Gov SE ridge was natural, on steep 30+. Windpocket microslab on Frostbite was ski cut.
1544306400December 8, 2018 10:00pmHatcher Pass - Independence MineYesObservation from the Independence Mine area during the AAS Pro 1 Bridge exam.
1544253660December 8, 2018 7:21Hatcher Pass - Gold Chord hillJust went up a tiny bit above the nordic loop above the Mine solely for the purpose of digging a pit to investigate snowpack
1544012100December 5, 2018 12:15pmHatcher Pass - Independence Mine BowlToured from PL at end Hatcher Rd along base of Eldorado Bowl to Independence park mine bldgings. Ski cut tests on steep W. facing slopes along creek produced no results. Snow moderately dense and most …
1543854000December 3, 2018 4:20pmHatcher Pass - April Bowl/Pass RoadClimbed up the road a bit then split lookers left across the gully and up onto the low benches below April Bowl. Stopped and dug a pit on the highest of these. Turned around there. Lots of soft, new s …
1543787040December 2, 2018 9:44pmHatcher Pass - Hatcher Pass propper, near April BowlYesWe toured from the closed gate up to Hatcher Pass proper near Summit lake. Started moving off the road SW and up the spur in the direction of Hatch Peak. About 100 feet up from the road moving in the …
1543785900December 2, 2018 9:25pmHatcher Pass - Hatcher Pass/Summit LakeYesToured back the Hatcher Pass road to the pass. Between 1pm and 4pm, light snow, temps high 20s, increasing cloud cover. Low snow, however, decent coverage all thing considered.
1543611775November 30, 2018 9:02pmHatcher Pass - $1000 Run, Quake DayRoad Observations, Hike up Fishhook-Willow road, cross creek, up $1000 Run to 3706', descend $1000 Run
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