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This page is a joint CNFAIC/HPAC program developed to encourage snowpack observations in Hatcher Pass and surrounding areas. If you ski, snowboard, snowshoe or snowmachine in Hatcher Pass please share your snowpack observations using the link below. Click here to read the latest Hatcher Pass advisory.


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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
1487534820February 19, 2017 8:07pmHatcher Pass - MicroDot, SW RidgeRae-Wallace Bowl from Independence Bowl Parking Lot to south aspect of SW Ridge of Microdot Peak. Poor visibility to the extent that we used glacier wands to mark our route. Glad we did!
1487524740February 19, 2017 5:19pmHatcher Pass - Gold cord, cross hill, microdot ridgeWhiteout vertigo ping pong milkbird : a beautiful snowpack observation day at Hatcher Pass! It did clear for a hot minute and we were able to get a clear view of all surrounding slopes and saw no evid …
1487365158February 17, 2017 8:59pmHatcher Pass - X4068 North FaceYesToured on X4068 this afternoon. Starting from Fishhook Lot, taking the Low-Low traverse around to the East ridge to avoid loaded ridge features with deep hard slabs. Previous portions of these slabs h …
1486303200February 5, 2017 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Microdot NorthThe purpose of this observation is to report the phenomenon on the North side of Microdot. I'm not sure how to identify what has happened or is happening. The North side is a cacophony of cracks acros …
1486229760February 4, 2017 5:36pmHatcher Pass - Base of Frostbite RidgeI skied most of the way up to the saddle through the Glades on the groomer trail that HAX put in this week. I set a skin track for the last 500 feet and noticed significant collapsing. There was an av …
1486227600February 4, 2017 5:00pmHatcher Pass - April bowl/sunny bowlYes
1486218600February 4, 2017 2:30pmHatcher Pass - Hatch PeakYesSkinned up $1000 dollar run, booted up N Ridge of Hatch Peak (above Summit Lake), enjoyed the warm sunshine, booted back down the ridge after digging pits, and skied Bennet's Ridge to Hatcher Pass roa …
1485806400January 30, 2017 8:00pmHatcher Pass - West of Summit Lake, Willow side.YesInfo and photos relayed to CNFAIC for posting on Obs page: Snowmachine-triggered avalanche. About 200 yards south of the hatcher pass trail half a mile west of summit lake. We were riding back down …
1485770400January 30, 2017 10:00Hatcher Pass - Micro Dot, SouthFollowed previous days up-track to low shoulder of Microdot then continued to top of nose bleed, forecasters route from day before had been filled in by wind. Jumped around on the small cornice at top …
1485723660January 29, 2017 9:01pmHatcher Pass - Fishhook parking lot, El Dorado mountainYesNumerous snowmachine triggered avalanches on 30+ degree slopes. Shooting cracks on anything above 25 degrees. Very dangerous to play in the mountains on 1/29. Thankfully everyone is safe.   …
1485704340January 29, 2017 3:39pmHatcher Pass - Gold cord lakeYesThird day of the Alaska Avalanche School level one course at Hatcher pass and our first clear day of visibility. Did a tour attempting first to get up to Pinnacle Basin, but turned around when six qui …
1485702000January 29, 2017 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Lower Arkos ridgeYesHatcher Pass, lower Arkos ridge
1485702000January 29, 2017 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Microdot and Hidden Bowl avalanche, Willow sideYesWidespread natural avalanche activity peaked 1/25 - 26 from strong wind event overloading the snowpack, and a warming trend consolidating recent new snow into a cohesive slab. Slabs are failing on a w …
1485698400January 29, 2017 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Fishhook Creek, North Fork below gate to Hatcher Pass RoadYesFishhook Creek just below the gate for upper Hatcher Pass Road.
1485353520January 25, 2017 2:12pmHatcher Pass - SW Face MarmotYesTwo more photographs of avalanche release that occurred on Monday, Jan 23, SW Face of Marmot Mountain.
1485187080January 23, 2017 3:58pmHatcher Pass - Marmot ButtYesThere was a trail most of the way up. Super Deep Trench. What made this slide interesting was that the deposition zone was almost all powder blast. The skier was 6+ turns into the run when it released …
1485180000January 23, 2017 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Hatcher Pass - Hatch Peak N ridgeTravelled up towards Hatcher Pass Proper to dig pits on NW side of Hatch Peak, and do recon after the storm. S<1 Winds gusting 10-15 ESE Travelled in the ping pong ball with little to no visibil …
1485101940January 22, 2017 4:19pmHatcher Pass - Alaska Avalanche Level 2 - 3 different groups toured Gold Cord Mine area, area above Independence Mine and Marmot
1485094380January 22, 2017 2:13pmHatcher Pass - wimpy bowlskied from 16 mile lot over towards wimpy bowl. deep trail breaking, lots of moose. poor visibility, good company.
1485021060January 21, 2017 5:51pmHatcher Pass - Lower elevations around Independence Mine ( 3000 - 3900 ft)YesAssessment around Independence Mine
1484920800January 20, 2017 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Low elevation tours around Independence Mine parking lotYesAAS Level 2 course gathered snowpack information below 3400' on W Marmot, E Eldorado & N $1,000 Run.
1484661619January 17, 2017 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Skyscraper MtYesRoad observations + tour up Marmot to weather station. Cleaned off solar panel. Kicked on cornices over R. Wallace triggering loose dry and shallow storm slab avalanches. Skied down SW face of Marmot …
1484485200January 15, 2017 1:00pmHatcher Pass - MarmotSet skin track up, and skied down, Marmot's south ridge. Cold day, wind transport up high, and variable conditions.
1484236817January 12, 2017 4:00pmHatcher Pass - Archangel, IM, Gold BullionIMB>Archangel>IM>HP propper>Gold Bullion
1484188200January 12, 2017 2:30Hatcher Pass - Summit Lake State Recreation site, Palmer side of pass.Toured up Hatcher Pass road toward pass.
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