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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
1524409200April 22, 2018 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Craigie Creek, Purches CreekParked at the Craigie Creek trailhead and rode up to the top of Craigie Creek valley. Headed North across Purches Creek and rode the Southern aspect bowl. Snow seemed better/deeper on Northern aspects …
1524337800April 21, 2018 7:10pmHatcher Pass - Independence Mine areaWent up into the Pinnacle basin for a high north steep face but did not continue due to recent wind drifts up to 12" thick forming a slab sitting on Near Surface Facets, seemed like our objective woul …
1524330000April 21, 2018 5:00pmHatcher Pass - Back side of MicrodotYesHuman triggered avalanche, partial burial. Multiple riders on slope prior to triggering avalanche.
1524318480April 21, 2018 1:48pmHatcher Pass - Marmot NW FaceYes5" fresh snow, pretty wet at the parking lot, dried out with elevation, but not fully. Natural avalanches from storm, covered in a couple of inches of snow.
1523970000April 17, 2018 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Microdot- Nose BleedToured up Rae Wallace Bowl then up Microdot to the top of Nose Bleed. The melt freeze crust in Rae Wallace made for a fast skin. The solar heating is getting pretty extreme, but feels great.
1523664000April 14, 2018 12:00Hatcher Pass - Lane Glacier / DidikamaSkied 3 couloirs (WSW, ESE, and NNE aspects) and the Lane Glacier itself (N aspect) between noon and 4pm. Any aspect with an "S" in it, even a bit, was at risk for wet slides, or just rotten snow at …
1523282400April 9, 2018 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Above Reed Lakes TrailYes
1523188800April 8, 2018 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Sidney CreekPit Information: - HS: 230 cm. - HP: 150 cm. - Aspect: NW. - Elevation: 4,000 ft. - Angle: 35 degrees. - CTX, failed outside test parameters 1 meter down on 5 cm of 4 finger facets overlain by 1 …
1523184089April 8, 2018 10:41Hatcher Pass - Stairstep spines areaYesHuman triggered wet-loose sluff triggered a shallow soft slab. Crust with sun affected areas. No avy activity in morning, but observed wet-loose activity on southerly aspects in afternoon.
1523012400April 6, 2018 11:00Hatcher Pass - Eldorado BowlAPU Snow Science 1 Students Eldorado Bowl tour.
1523012400April 6, 2018 11:00Hatcher Pass - S/SW Aspect of Marmot RidgeStarted at Fish Hook parking lot and skinned up the south facing aspect of Marmot Ridge, 3500'. Skiing conditions were poor.
1522946400April 5, 2018 4:40pmHatcher Pass - North side Arkose Ridge - Mint ValleySpent the last 3 days skiing/camping in the Mint Valley. Generally found good skiing with 10-15 cm near surface facets on E-NW aspects. Strong gusty/swirly winds on Tuesday and Wednesday produced thin …
1522598400April 1, 2018 4:00pmHatcher Pass - Bomber Traverse, Bomber Pass, Lynx Peak, Snowbird GlacierYesWe completed the Bomber Traverse from 3/31-4/2/18, starting from Mint Valley TH & ending at the Snowbird Glacier out to Reed Lakes. During our travels we did not see any significant/current signs …
1522591200April 1, 2018 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Little Su Valley- Souvenir PeakWe were standing at the top of Far Side at 1400, enjoying the sun and observed a dry, natural slide release above the Little Susitna drainage on what I believe to be Souvenir Peak. It ran about 1200'. …
1521727200March 22, 2018 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Peak 4600' - East Face, Government Peak - NE FaceYesRoad observation from approx. MP 12 on Hatcher Pass Road. Avalanches observed on E face of Peak 4600 and on NE Face of Government Peak.
1521640800March 21, 2018 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Base of Cross Hill adjacent to historic Gold Cord CampYesAdjacent to occupied cabin at historic Gold Cord camp.
1521640800March 21, 2018 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Base of "Cross Hill" adjacent to historic Gold Cord CampYesAdjacent to occupied cabin at historic Gold Cord camp.
1521585360March 20, 2018 10:36pmHatcher Pass - Post Storm Avalanches 3/20YesDozens of natural avalanches from 3/18, 3/19, 3/20 Mostly wind slabs on leeward aspects (W>NE), some stepping down to PWL , 3000-4500' Mostly storm slabs on windward (E>SW) , some stepping dow …
1521543600March 20, 2018 11:00Hatcher Pass - Repose fan of Lost Couloir on Granite MountainYes
1521487901March 19, 2018 7:31pmHatcher Pass - Marmot Gullys 1 and 2, Government Peak, and above Archangel trailYesRoad observations and close up look with binos at Natural avalanches on Marmot that crossed the road near Archangel. Road is closed until clearing can occur, likely Wednesday.
1521475200March 19, 2018 4:00pmHatcher Pass - Frostbite/Gov bowl, and east side of Marmot (Corporate and Presidents ridges)YesRoad obs. New heavy wet snow and wind - ridges pluming. Southerly slopes; in Frostbite/Gov bowl and on Corporate and Presidents ridges. Road closed at Little Su bridge. Avy crossed road they say.
1521468000March 19, 2018 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Upper Gold Cord Basin, SW of Birthday PassYes
1521464400March 19, 2018 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Marmot MountainYes
1521464400March 19, 2018 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Marmot avalanche road observationsYes
1521454560March 19, 2018 10:16Hatcher Pass - Mile 15YesLarge avalanche crossed the road at mile 15. This was reported by a State Parks Ranger, I have not been up to see the slide and have been told not to go due to highly unstable conditions. Visibility i …
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