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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.


It is the personal responsibility of each user of CNFAIC to decide whether or how to use any information found here.

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
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.
1484049600January 10, 2017 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Cross HillToured from Independence Mine parking lot to Gold Cord. Dug a pit on Cross Hill with interesting results. Stomped on lots of test slopes, with no signs of instability.
1483737052January 6, 2017 9:10pmHatcher Pass - Marmot SW faceYesMid-elevations, all aspects, highly discontinuous and shallow snowpack (HS 25cm-40cm), heavily scoured and loaded in isolated to specific areas, localized whumphing and shooting cracks. Persistent sla …
1483281000January 1, 2017 2:30pmHatcher Pass - $1000 Run & Bennett's RidgeYesUp $1000 Run and down Bennet's Ridge to the road. Gorgeous sunny day to ski some rocks!
1483192800December 31, 2016 2:00pmHatcher Pass - (1) MicroDot (3904'), SE aspect, and (2) Rae-Wallace Bowl (3520'), terminal moraine.YesToured from Independence Bowl PL up into Rae-Wallace bowl and SE aspect of MicroDot.
1483135893December 30, 2016 10:11pmHatcher Pass - Marmot test slopeYesWindswept landscapes, upside down snowpack, DFr surface snow, heavily rimed new snow 5" at 3500'. Road conditions difficult driving, similar to driving on the beach, squirrely sand, no plow in sight a …
1482962629December 28, 2016 10:03pmHatcher Pass - Hatcher Pass proper- near April BowlTravelled up from bridge to HP proper , towards April Bowl, on the summer road in stormy conditions.  
1482415232December 22, 2016 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Marmot SW ridge to mid rib decentYesSkinned up Marmot South ridge and traveled along the Marmot ridgeline to about 4,000 ft then descended the "mid-rib". Observed widespread cracking and whumping in previously wind loaded pockets. ┬áSla …
1482415200December 22, 2016 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Government PeakYes
1482412740December 22, 2016 1:19pmHatcher Pass - MicrodotObserved as third party. Two visible test slopes/ deliberate or otherwise... good indicators of slope above where two naturals occurred.
1482154800December 19, 2016 1:40pmHatcher Pass - Bennet's ridgeYes
1482062400December 18, 2016 12:00pmHatcher Pass - $1000 RunYes$1000 Run to the bump on the north ridge of Hatch Peak at 4300 ft. GREAT powder skiing to be had in wind sheltered mid elevation areas. Several natural avalanches, red flags, and remotely triggered a …
1481996040December 17, 2016 5:34pmHatcher Pass - Gold Cord Cross HillYes
1481976000December 17, 2016 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Hatch Peak areaYesTour near Hatch Peak
1481971200December 17, 2016 10:40Hatcher Pass - EldoradoMultiple Natural avalanches, storm slab or persistent slab, north facing in Eldorado bowl. Concave slopes. Observed visually during break in the clouds.
1481896800December 16, 2016 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Marmot Test SlopeToured from IMB parking lot into a white out as snowfall intensity increased up towards Marmot and Micro Dot. Very thin snowpack conditions, with rock and shrubs exposed.  
1481808600December 15, 2016 1:30pmHatcher Pass - Tours near Independence Mine Visitor CenterAlaska Avalanche School Level 1 with Steller Secondary students explored the best of the Hatcher Pass meager snowpack Dec 13-15, 2016. NOTE: We did not go above 3,900' due to poor travel conditions a …
1481715858December 14, 2016 11:44Hatcher Pass - Summit RoadYesSummit Road Drifts both sides broke naturally. Left of Hatch peak skin route, one skier trigger remote from above, the other could not tell due to roll over in slope.
1480600800December 1, 2016 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Road ObservationsRoad Obs
1477404000October 25, 2016 2:00pmHatcher Pass - North side 4600, half way upYesUp ridge to 4600, blue sky, mild temps, foot of snow, wind steady out of south maybe 15mph, significant transport into north side. Skied other side. Climbed back up, another party of three had skied t …
1477400400October 25, 2016 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Hatcher Pass (3886 ft)From upper parking lot skied road up to Hatcher Pass. Skied 1/4 mi beyond pass to parking area overlooking Willow Ck side. Numerous ski tracks from last weekend on N side hatch Pk, April bowl, and $10 …
1476547200October 15, 2016 4:00pmHatcher Pass - Snowbird glacierSkied the Snowbird glacier N. aspect.
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