Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Hatch Peak - $1,000 Run

Route & General Observations

Alaska Guide Collective – Rec Level 2 course.
Saturday and Sunday in the Hatcher Pass area.
A thin and weak snowpack is evident.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Observer Comments

Numerous persistent slab avalanches all around the area evident from the last week or older.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

Clear in the morning, increasing clouds, cloudy by mid day, low visibility by afternoon and light snow by 3:30pm.
Calm winds. Temps in the teens in the morning to 20 degrees in the afternoon.

Snow surface

Variable wind crust and wind slab.


Pit at 3,400 feet North aspect. HS 80cm.
PST 39/100 END down 70cm on Depth Hoar.
We noted that the ECT result was a bad data point that did not correlate to the snow structure.
5 out of 5 Lemons where present. Very weak snow structure.
Snowpit information is not needed to help with the decision to avoid avalanche terrain.

Photos & Video
Please upload photos below. Maximum of 5 megabytes per image. Click here for help on resizing images. If you are having trouble uploading please email images separately to staff.