Read entire HPAC advisory HERE.

UPDATE: Saturday 3/30 at 5pm, expires in 24 hours

Low danger in the morning will rise to CONSIDERABLE by mid day for WET loose and WET slab avalanches, up to D2, on SE to SW aspects, on slopes above 30º, at all elevations. Natural avalanches are possible and human triggered are likely. Large avalanches in specific areas will be possible. A large human triggered wet slab occured today at 11:45am on the SE aspect of Skyscraper, large enough to bury, injure, or kill. Wet slabs are hard to predict and can be remotely triggered. Despite overnight freezing, daytime temps are RISING RAPIDLY and may catch you off-guard. 


BOTTOM LINE for March 30 at 7am, expires in 24 hours.

The avalanche danger today is LOW in the morning, rising to CONSIDERABLE in the afternoon for Wet Avalanches at low and mid elevations, most likely in the afternoon and evening on steep SE to SW aspects. Most avalanches will be small in size although large avalanches up to D2 will be possible on S aspects at low and mid elevation in the pm. A MODERATE danger exists at upper elevation for wet avalanches in the afternoon on SE to SW steep slopes.

Cornices are huge and will be possible for a human or dog to trigger today. Cornices will have the potential to trigger larger sluffs or slab avalanches that may fail to the ground. Large cornice chunks have been observed below many leeward slopes.

A slightly cooler trend this week with overnight freezing temperatures at upper elevation has significantly improved conditions. Time of day and aspect choice will be key for pure enjoyment, staying safe, and avoiding avalanches.


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Heading to Turnagain? Be sure to check the CNFAIC Forecast HERE.  

 

Forecast as of 03/30/2019 at 07:00 am and expires on 03/31/2019

Current Advisory Level

Considerable

Above 3,500ft Moderate

2,500 to 3,500ft Considerable

Below 2,500ftConsiderable

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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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