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MIDWEEK SNOW AND AVALANCHE CONDITIONS SUMMARY 

Avalanche hazard exists for persistent slab at all elevations. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making are essential. Widespread natural avalanches occurred during the storm last weekend.The last reported human triggered avalanche was on Tuesday this week, when a snowmachiner remote triggered a large avalanche from the flats near Dogsled Pass.

Slab avalanches are the main concern, 2 feet deep at low elevations, and 3+ feet deep at mid to upper elevations. Avalanches could be large enough to bury, injure, or kill a person.

Avalanches may be remotely triggered from the flats below, or from adjacent or connected terrain, and may run long distances.

Large avalanche near Dogsled Pass remote-triggered from the flats by a snowmachiner on Tuesday. No one was caught.  Thanks Justin Pleier for sharing this information!

Storms starting last weekend have brought 35" of low density new snow (2.5" SWE)  to Hatcher Pass.  With plenty of seductive powder and fair weather on tap starting Friday, this is a perfect recipe for human triggered avalanches.  Superb skiing and riding quality abounds, but there is limited information about how the snow will react to a trigger like a skier or snowmachine in steep terrain.  At this time, it is best to approach the mountains with caution, and give the snowpack time to adjust to the new load.

Avoid steep slopes of any size with terrain traps such as gullies or cliffs, and choose slopes with gentle, fanning run-outs. It’s best to play on low angle terrain until the snowpack has time to adjust to the new load.

This report is a mid-week conditions update, so please be sure to check hpavalanche.org for advisories on Saturdays and follow the HPAC Facebook for updates. Help us keep tabs on the Hatcher Pass area! If you see any avalanche activity send us an observation HERE. Thank you to everyone who has already submitted observations this season - you can see those HERE!

Forecast as of 02/21/2019 at 07:00 and expires on 02/22/2019

Current Advisory Level

None

Above 3,500ft None

2,500 to 3,500ft None

Below 2,500ftNone

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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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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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