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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
1455454800February 14, 2016 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Bennets ridgeSkinned up summit lake road then up Bennet's ridge and did 2 laps. Variable conditions some packed powder, little ice. Visibility (flat lighting) went from little to none as the day progressed, made u …
1455451200February 14, 2016 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Fairangel ValleyOn Sunday, 2/14/2016, we toured up the Independence Mine Valley, past the Rock Garden, under the Pinnacle, up to Fairangel. Then we skied a lap in Fairangel (attached) before retracing our steps back …
1455372000February 13, 2016 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Ray Wallace chutesSkinned up from Independence mine parking lot through the rolling hills to the Ray Wallace chutes. Generally pretty hard (Fist) snow. Ski pen around 2-4". Ski pole pen with a LOT of force was around 2 …
1455303420February 12, 2016 6:57pmHatcher Pass - Microdot lowersToured up microdot on south side, kicked cornices onto north with no results, skied down 2nd chute on south aspect, wrapped lower benches, investigated snowpack, conducted study pit for monitoring tra …
1455217920February 11, 2016 7:12pmHatcher Pass - Flats below MicrodotToured the flats below microdot which offered the least scoured and most ideal conditions.
1454796420February 6, 2016 10:07pmHatcher Pass - Little su valley to grizzly passLittle su valley up to grizzly pass
1454760000February 6, 2016 12:00pmHatcher Pass - NW-facing slope of Lynx PeakYesSki loop over Bomber Pass and Snowbird Pass.
1454700480February 5, 2016 7:28pmHatcher Pass - West Marmot 2From Fishhok Lot, traveled up the Marmot south ridge, across ridgeline to the north to the weather station. Skied down Rae Wallace, wrapped back around to Fishhook Lot.  
1454677200February 5, 2016 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Slope to E of Gold Cord LakeSkinned to Gold Cord Lake from Independence PL. Ascended slope E of Gold Cord Lake to basin above. Obvious evidence of new wind crusts from previous days winds.
1454590800February 4, 2016 1:00pmHatcher Pass - MicroDot Peak, West Shoulder, South AspectApproach via Rae-Wallace basin from Independence Bowl Parking Lot. Evidence of surface wind crust. At pit location, winds 20G37. Descent from 4480' on south aspect found icy conditions.
1454529600February 3, 2016 8:00pmHatcher Pass - S 2700' Lower Marmot near Fishhook LotWent to check out 1/29 human triggered avy at 2700' on south face of marmot.
1454412120February 2, 2016 11:22Hatcher Pass - MarmotYesFrom Fishhook lot to Marmot.
1453986000January 28, 2016 1:00pmHatcher Pass - X4068Traveled up the East ridge toward peak 4068, descended down the North face
1452949200January 16, 2016 1:00pmHatcher Pass - President's Day Run, Marmot MtnEasy shears with CTE and ECT. Turned back shortly above test site as we traveled onto a wind hardened surface.
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