Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Hatcher Pass Road, Public Snow Depth Survey, MP14 to Lodge

Route & General Observations

We skinned up the Hatcher Pass Road from near the Goldmint Parking Lot to the Fishhook Parking Lot. Measurements of snow depth were made at 11 different stations. See attached photos. This effort comes 7 weeks after the Valentines Week Storm avalanche cycle starting on February 14 which resulted in the closing of the road. Methods included using a 320 cm probe to measure depth. Four random measurements (n = 4) were made at each site and results presented as an average (x̅) unless otherwise designated as a range of depth (min < x < max) or greater than (x > 350 cm). Width of road coverage by avalanche runs was estimated by eye. Coordinates for each sample site were determined using an InReach device.


Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Temperatures were in mid-30s F, winds were light. Light was flat which made it difficult to determine surface detail as we skinned up and skied down.

Snow surface

Snow surface was icy and compacted due to snowmachine and skier traffic and repeated warm sunny days.


As mentioned, the snowpack was dense, pushing the probe down through the profile required a bit of effort. Where avalanches crossed the road the surface was irregular with crests and valleys.

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