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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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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
1539522000October 14, 2018 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Hatcher Pass...road to summit of pass.Hiked from gate on Hatcher Pass road to summit of pass. A few inches of snow at pass from the first significant snowfall of the season which started Saturday morning, 10/13, and ended Sunday morning, …
1539345600October 12, 2018 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Hatcher Pass itself/above Summit Lake1-4 inches snow on the ground in Hatcher Pass (like, the pass itself, above Summit Lake) Friday noon, up to twice that in windblown areas. Wind was blowing hard; spindrift all around and whitecaps on …
1537884000September 25, 2018 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Lane GlacierStarted at the Monolith, continued up over the boulder field onto the Lane. Were able to use our skins sooner than expected.
1537807020September 24, 2018 4:37pmHatcher Pass - Lane glacier micro dotSnow covered bolder fields on the way up to glacier, some route finding at times on the way up.
1527708240May 30, 2018 7:24pmHatcher Pass - Hatch peakYesCasual tour up the gravel road to Hatch Peak. Snow started at the gate.
1526691600May 19, 2018 1:00Hatcher Pass - Peak 4068, NE and NW aspects; Hatch Peak, NE aspect; and Marmot Peak, NW aspectYesToured up into Rae-Wallace Bowl and then to Picnic Bench (4200') on west ridge of MicroDot.
1526631420May 18, 2018 8:17Hatcher Pass - 4068'4068 N and NE aspects. The entire hillside slide and triggered sympathetic releases in other aspects
1525862700May 9, 2018 10:45Hatcher Pass - Microdot SW Ascended the SW ridge of Microdot for a short day tour. The majority of north facing steep aspects have seen recent activity in the upper Hatcher Pass area.
1525719600May 7, 2018 7:00pmHatcher Pass - YesA snowboarder rode the slope 3 times and a sledder high marked it before the slope broke from a sledder hitting a drop and triggering the slide.
1525528800May 5, 2018 2:00pmHatcher Pass - MarmotYesToured standard uptrack/shoulder of Marmot. Topped out via the S side and ran a couple of laps on the West face.
1525478400May 5, 2018 12:00Hatcher Pass - Pinnacle and MarmotSkinned up to Pinnacle from Mine Lot, goal to ski couloir, but snow squalls shut us down. Retreated back to Fishhook to ski south face of Marmot. Fresh wet~ish snow everywhere, lots of coverage. Poin …
1525294800May 2, 2018 9:00pmHatcher Pass - Hatch PeakYesSkied some north facing aspects with dry snow.
1525273200May 2, 2018 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Valley of sinYes
1525208400May 1, 2018 9:00pmHatcher Pass - Hatch PeakMostly cloudy, scattered storms. Observed no new avalanches, except for the previously mentioned one on Bennet ridge from a few days ago.
1525114440April 30, 2018 6:54pmHatcher Pass - Bennets RidgeYesWent back to site for observation from 4/28 to observe any changes in stability and to perform additional stability tests. While conducting snow pit tests on low angel terrain (19ยบ) just off ridge to …
1525093200April 30, 2018 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Hatcher PeakYesToured up 1000 Dollar to Saddle on lookers right of Hatch Peak. We had a great tour and noted Fredrik's avalanche on the decent down 1000 Dollar.
1524927600April 28, 2018 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Marmot ShoulderTook standard uptrack to low shoulder of Marmot to assess stability and do some pow farming.
1524918600April 28, 2018 12:30pmHatcher Pass - Bennett Ridge - 1000$ RunOverall good skiing, less new snow on S and E aspects. Where the new snow sits on top of a stout melt-freeze crust. Very poor visibility (in the clouds), making navigation, skiing and observations dif …
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
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