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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
1551077822February 25, 2019 6:57Hatcher Pass - about 500 to 1000 ft above dnigi hut in elevationYesFebruary 23 avalanche.┬álots of whumphing at elevations 4000'+. Valley floor and benches proved stable all day. This avy was done w/ second rider came down. Remote trigger. Scary picking our way down …
1551016800February 24, 2019 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Eldorado Bowl AreaFollowed existing skin-track up ridge line. Descended semi-shaded valley.
1550918280February 23, 2019 10:38Hatcher Pass - Lone Tree Gulch, 3.5 miles up Mint Valley TrailYesMint Valley trail to Lone Tree Gulch.
1550862840February 22, 2019 7:14pmHatcher Pass - Lone Tree Gulch? About 3 miles up little su valley from gold mint trailhead.YesObserved this after driving down from skiing in pass today. Assume it was skier triggered as there was a skin track leading up to it, and then tracks leading down from avalanche site. Didn't look like …
1550840400February 22, 2019 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Eldorado BenchAPU Snow Science 1 toured to northern Eldorado Bowl to check out the snow from the recent storm.
1550682000February 20, 2019 5:00pmHatcher Pass - Government PeakSkinned up from 1250' to 3300' on Government Peak and skied down. Two small hard slab avalanches that looked to have occurred during the 2/16-2/18 storm observed on NNE aspects at 2900' and 3200'. Sma …
1550426820February 17, 2019 6:07pmHatcher Pass - Blueberry KnollYesStandard trail up Blueberry Knoll and beyond to the next bench. Snowing about an inch per hour with wind deposit.
1550425860February 17, 2019 5:51pmHatcher Pass - CrosshillAvalanche 2 course crosshill to gold chord tour.
1550412000February 17, 2019 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Below Eldorado BowlAAS Level 2 Class. Widespread shooting cracks observed, numerous natural avalanches observed on slopes greater than 35 degrees.
1550088600February 13, 2019 8:10pmHatcher Pass - Skyscraper PeakIMB>Eldorado Bowl>Skyscraper North Wind affected, drizzle crust on surface to our highpoint at 4300┬┤ Recent winds were only capable of moving small amounts of snow due to "drizzle" surface cr …
1549983600February 12, 2019 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Eldorado BowlToured around IM bowl jumping on test slopes. Ascended Eldorado Bowl NE-most ridge to 3700'. Dug a pit and descended from there.
1549900800February 11, 2019 4:00pmHatcher Pass - Government PeakToured up from the road at 1100' to 3700' on Government Peak and descended near our skin track. No red flags and overall good ski quality. Whereas the "drizzle crust" is very noticeable and grabby in …
1549627200February 8, 2019 12:00pmHatcher Pass - C MountainAll sorts of debris, crowns, and bed surfaces in apron and couloir - great adventure skiing. Surprisingly deep blower in meadows, sank to waist upon hopping off of sled. Encountered ~120 cm of soft sn …
1549537200February 7, 2019 11:00Hatcher Pass - Gov't Pk, SE ridge ~2850', SE aspect (location pin not working-ignore it)Whoomph and multiple cracks shooting 30+ feet on a rumply, alder-patched slope averaging high 20's. 5 Feb brief morning drizzle crust on settled powder. No formal tests, felt like a rotten bottom snow …
1549461600February 6, 2019 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Idaho PeakYesThird Party information shared with HPAC Remote and sympathetic avalanche triggered on North side of Idaho Peak
1549386900February 5, 2019 5:15pmHatcher Pass - Marmot, Skyscraper, Ray Wallace ChutesSkies cleared enough to get a look around the Independence Mine Bowl.
1549319464February 4, 2019 10:31pmHatcher Pass - Marmot SW faceYesThird party information: This party ascended the south ridge of Marmot from the Fishhook lot. They did 4 runs on the SW face of Marmot. On the fourth run they triggered an avalanche. One person cau …
1549292400February 4, 2019 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Independence Mine BowlHad some good visibility to survey the landscape following the Saturday / Sunday storm.
1549281600February 4, 2019 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Upper Willow CreekHad some good visibility to survey the landscape following the Saturday / Sunday storm. Snowmachined over to Upper Willow Creek.
1549281600February 4, 2019 12:00pmHatcher Pass - North end of Government PeakSplendid weather.
1549137600February 2, 2019 8:00pmHatcher Pass - Friendship PassToured up past Gold Cord Mine to Friendship Pass, toured up cross hill, rode out the SE side to the groomed trail.
1548967920January 31, 2019 8:52pmHatcher Pass - Lost and Found Wall  IMB towards Friendship Pass, Crown investigation near Birthday pass, then ascend the Lost and Found Wall, Descend the Found Couloir on Granite Peak.
1548614880January 27, 2019 6:48pmHatcher Pass - Arkose Ridge / Lone Tree GulchToured up Goldmint to Lone Tree Gulch Drainage / Souvenir Peak drainage along Arkose ridge. As forecasted, found widespread wind slab as soon as we crested about 2400-2500 feet that was on an unstable …
1548603000January 27, 2019 3:30pmHatcher Pass - Low Eldorado Bowl CorniceLow cornice below Eldorado Bowl. Cornice cross section
1548162000January 22, 2019 1:00pmHatcher Pass - MicrodotToured up Microdot SE ridge to the col. Descended Nosebleeds to Gold Cord Lake. Terrible skiing and flat light with a great partner make for a fun day out in the mountains.
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