May 5, 2019

The avalanche advisory season is over. No avalanche advisories are being issued at this time.

There is still a significant amount of snow at Hatcher Pass, and avalanches can continue to occur even though we are not issuing avalanche advisories.

Methodically check the recent observations for pertinent information on conditions and avalanches before heading into the backcountry HERE.

Check the weather stations regularly, watch the weather patterns, look specifically for rapid weather changes which could trigger or increase the likelihood for avalanche activity.

Watch for red flags that indicate the potential for avalanches:

-Recent avalanches

-Cracking and/or collapsing

-New precipitation, rain, snow

-Wind loading

-Rapid warming or thawing


If you observe avalanche activity, please share it as an observation HERE.

As the spring season continues, expect consecutive overnight non-freezing temperatures and warm days to eventually trigger a shedding avalanche cycle.  

Pay specific attention to wet loose avalanches, wet slab avalanches, and cornice failures as spring temperatures continue to climb and overnight freezes diminish.

For more details on spring conditions, check out the Chugach Avalanche Center's Spring Time Avalanche Tips. There's a stack of detailed, useful information to study up on! HERE

And check out the Utah Avalanche Center's page with spring time tips as well. HERE

HPAC and the HP Advisory Board would like to THANK YOU, our community of supporters, donors, sponsors and observers who made this season successful! We could not have done it without you. It is a big hurdle and a major accomplishment to get through a year with touchy avalanche conditions and have everyone come home safely!

Forecast as of 05/02/2019 at 19:30 and expires on 05/03/2019

Current Advisory Level


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.

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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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