BOTTOM LINE

Dangerous avalanche conditions continue at HP.  Human triggered avalanches large enough to bury a person will remain possible to likely through this weekend and this week. Unfortunately this season's snowpack is set up for avalanches, and will be extremely slow to heal or improve. 

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE at mid to upper elevations on all aspects on slopes 35º and steeper. Slab avalanches will fail 2-4 feet deep, at or near the ground, on weak, sugary snow. These avalanches may be triggered remotely from any adjacent terrain or the flats below.

Whumphing and shooting cracks are bulls-eye clues that conditions are ripe for avalanches. A highly variable snowpack depth exists, 1-4 feet deep, with the deepest snow in wind loaded areas, and thin coverage in many areas.

Forecast as of 12/15/2018 at 07:00 am and expires on 12/16/2018

Current Advisory Level

Considerable

Above 3,500ft Considerable

2,500 to 3,500ft Considerable

Below 2,500ftLow

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This page is a joint CNFAIC/HPAC/AAIC program developed to encourage snowpack observations in Hatcher Pass and surrounding areas.

Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center

The mission of the Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center is to provide avalanche information and advisories to assist and educate the general public in avoiding avalanches.

HPAC provides avalanche information and advisories for the Hatcher Pass area in the Talkeetna Mountains of Alaska.

Advisories are available each Saturday of the winter season and more sporadically for avalanche warnings and significant weather and avalanche events. Information contained in these advisories is intended to be used as a tool in conjunction with your personal backcountry hazard evaluation.

The center is 100% volunteer.

When you click on the "donate to HPAC" button, you will notice that you are directed to a PayPal site titled Alaska Avalanche Information Center. Your donations are marked through this system and go directly to HPAC. The Alaska Avalanche Information Center is the 501 c3 umbrella organization which enables HPAC to run as a non-profit business. Thanks for donating!

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Staff & Volunteers


Jed Workman

Director, Avalanche Specialist

Jed has been climbing and skiing in the Utah, Wyoming and Alaskan backcountry since 1990 and mountain and ski guiding since 2000. He has instructed and guided for NOLS, the Alaska Mountaineering School, Alaska Avalanche School, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and Valdez Heli-Ski Guides. He is a current American Avalanche Association pro member, has completed Avalanche level III training through Teton Avalanche Consulting, and sits on the board of the Alaska Avalanche Information Center. Since 2003 Jed has been a regular backcountry skier at Hatcher Pass and recognizes the need for an avalanche center. Through a partnership with the Alaska Avalanche Information Center and the Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center, Jed and Allie are working towards a permanent avalanche advisory for Hatcher Pass.

Allie Barker

Avalanche Specialist

Allie has been an avid skier since age 2 and climbing since the mid 90’s. Allie switched out her race skis for a backcountry set up in the late 90’s, and has never turned back. Since 2000 she has worked as an instructor and mountain guide for NOLS, Alaska Mountain Guides, Alaska Pacific University, Alaska Mountaineering School and Denali Guiding, and Arctic Wild. She is a current American Avalanche Association pro member, and has completed Avalanche Pro Level I, II, and, III. She has been an avalanche educator in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Washington, and Alaska. Allie loves spending time in the mountains and especially skiing. Her combined skills and interest in skiing make her an exceptional snow nerd.

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