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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
1460469609April 12, 2016 2:00pmHatcher Pass - EldoradoYesRoad observations- 2-3 day old natural wind slab avys from wind spikes on Fri-Sun. Observed on leeward aspects at upper elevation. New wet-loose activity observed today on south and southeast aspects …
1460411880April 11, 2016 9:58pmHatcher Pass - Sin Valley: NW facing slope on saddle leading into Government valley.YesObserved windespread persistant slab failures. All appeared older: 5-10 days old One more recent cornice triggered sz2.5 off a N facing Alp slope to the N/NE of the dot and our test pit. Test pit a …
1460210400April 9, 2016 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Microdot areaSkinned towards microdot and booted to a saddle lookers right. Light snow transport, light dusting wasn't bonding well to the northeast and southwest aspects we skied. Northeast had generally consolid …
1460041200April 7, 2016 3:00pmHatcher Pass - $1000 RunTook the traditional track on $1000 Run to saddle overlooking April Bowl.
1459708500April 3, 2016 6:35pmHatcher Pass - West Face above Gold Cord LakeYesSkied one run one the South Face of Microdot, one run on the North Face of Microdot, and attempted to ski the west face above Gold Cord Lake. No obvious signs of instability seen. Recent storm slab av …
1459688400April 3, 2016 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Lane GlacierNormal route up the lane. Parked our sleds and booted up to peak 6100'. Boot penetration was about knee deep.
1459684800April 3, 2016 12:00pmHatcher Pass - GoldmintYesWent for a tour up goldmint to check out snow conditions. Observed widespread collapsing through out the day with settlement of 2-3 inches that spread across an area rarely less than 50 feet and up to …
1459681200April 3, 2016 11:00Hatcher Pass - West shoulder of MicroDotToured up west shoulder of MicroDot to 4200'. See avy photos below from 3/27-3/29 made of massive slides on NE faces from Marmot Fishhook Parking Lot and from bench on west shoulder of MicroDot.
1459641600April 3, 2016 12:00Hatcher Pass - SnowbirdYes
1459504800April 1, 2016 10:00Hatcher Pass - Arc Angel Trail ~1.5 milesYesAs a research project for Alaska Pacific University I used carbon dioxide (CO2) gas as a proxy for evaluating human scent movement through avalanche debris. The purpose of this project was to look int …
1459501680April 1, 2016 9:08Hatcher Pass - Reed lake drainageYesWet avalanche crosses trail and creek
1459450800March 31, 2016 7:00pmHatcher Pass - Lane GlacierYesArchangel valley to the common Lane Glacier up-track
1459425600March 31, 2016 12:00pmHatcher Pass - North side of Hatch PeakYesStandard uproute to Bennets Ridge enroute to Hatch Peak
1459425600March 31, 2016 12:00pmHatcher Pass - April BowlYes
1459411680March 31, 2016 8:08Hatcher Pass - W face Microdot 4000'YesWind slab avalanche 3/31
1459328700March 30, 2016 9:05Hatcher Pass - Mabel Mine Avalanche 3/30, Archangel roadYesLarge wet avalanche likely wet-loose and wet-slab up Mable Mine Gully near Archangel Rd. WS-N-D3-O/G
1459296000March 30, 2016 12:00Hatcher Pass - Above Archangel Rd. Approximately 2 miles in from trail head (near the beaver pond)YesWhile packing and grooming Archangel Rd for skiers an avalanche was observed by several skiers. The runout did not reach the road and to the best of our knowledge no people were affected. This release …
1459260000March 29, 2016 2:00pmHatcher Pass - MarmotYesSkinned up south side of marmot. skied skin track then skinned up same route to marmot summit an skied first SE ridgeline just beyond the weather station down to the road. Dug a quick pit on marmot up …
1459256400March 29, 2016 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Bench between Marmot and MicrodotYesHi Allie. Brint, Austin, Phillip and I went up between Microdot and Marmot where we dug a full pit. Then we went toward Hatcher Pass. Please give me a call if you need more info Allie!
1459199640March 28, 2016 9:14pmHatcher Pass - Presidents'Normal route up NE ridge of Presidents'
1459175160March 28, 2016 2:26pmHatcher Pass - Independence Mine
1459059628March 27, 2016 6:20Hatcher Pass - 4068Lower slope of 4068. Partly cloudy with a few periods of sun. Lower elevations, south to southeast aspects, snow wasn't supportable. Localized collapsing, poor structure. ECTP14, 30cm below surface an …
1459011600March 26, 2016 5:00pmHatcher Pass - Glacier CreekYes
1458914400March 25, 2016 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Eldorado BowlAlaska Pacific University Snow Science 1 students seeking out the drier snow grains. Groups toured to Hatcher Pass proper and Eldorado Bowl.
1458907200March 25, 2016 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Easter slopes of Upper Willow CreekYesWest aspect of Skyscraper into the Upper Willow Creek Drainage.
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