Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center

About HPAC

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 provided each Saturday of the winter season, typically mid-Nov to mid-April. Avalanche warnings and significant weather and avalanche event updates are provided intermittently, depending on weather/avalanche events.  A public observation platform (in conjunction with the CNFAIC) is available all winter, and monitored daily. In 2018, HPAC started a mid-week summary/conditions report.

Avalanche Forecasters

Jed Workman

Director and Avalanche Specialist
jed@hpavalanche.org
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, Valdez Heli-Ski Guides and Third Edge Heli. He is a current American Avalanche Association pro member and has completed Avalanche level III training. Since 2003 Jed has been a regular backcountry skier at Hatcher Pass and recognizes the need for publicly available avalanche safety information. He has been proactively implementing the vision of a non-agency, community funded, grass-roots avalanche center.


Allie Barker

Avalanche Specialist
allie@hpavalanche.org
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 III, and is a Wilderness First Responder.  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 avalanche forecaster.

 

HPAC Board Of Directors

The Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center, INC Board of Directors are a close knit group who are residents of Palmer, Wasilla, and Chickaloon, AK. They bring valuable skills to our organization and work as volunteers behind the scenes to fund raise and ensure operations are sustainable. Interested in helping the board, or joining as a member? Email us at info@hpavalanche.org

Andy Dennis – Board Chair

andydennis@hpavalanche.org
Andy spent many years working for NOLS as an instructor and Alaska Mountaineering Program Safety Supervisor. He is now an RN in Palmer. Andy is passionate about giving back to his community by helping to provide avalanche safety information at Hatcher Pass. In his spare time he enjoys chasing his wife and dog around the backcountry of Alaska.


Frankie Barker – Vice Chair

Frankie followed an early passion for mountains and skiing from her east coast home to the Rocky Mountains and eventually to Alaska.  She graduated from Cornell University and headed west to Jackson, Wyoming for a summer job, exploring and teaching people about the outdoors and skiing in the Tetons.  After graduate studies in environmental education at the University of Wyoming, she became the first Field Director for the Keystone Science School in Colorado. A summer job as a tour driver in Denali National Park hooked her on Alaska where she has lived since 1985.  As Executive Director of Alaska Natural History Association, she directed publication projects and educational bookstores for over 30 parks, refuges and forests in Alaska.  More recently, she worked as the Environmental Planner for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, headquartered in Palmer, Alaska with responsibilities for air and water quality, fishery policies and community planning.  She feels fortunate to have spent decades exploring the mountains and oceans of Alaska and still has more places to see.


Keeton Kroon – Treasurer

Keeton was born and raised in the Mat-su Valley.  He grew up taking family adventures to Hatcher Pass and started backcountry skiing there in high school.  Currently, he teaches Mathematics at Palmer High School, enjoys skiing in Hatcher Pass on the weekends, and frequently going on adventures with his wife and 2 yr old daughter.


Danielle Reed – Secretary

Dani grew up in Michigan, where she learned to ski starting at the age of three. While in college in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, she worked as a ski instructor, joined ski patrol, and went from ski racer to telemark skier. Soon after she gave up her alpine skis for good and hasn’t looked back. In 2008 she moved to Alaska and spent 9 seasons volunteering on ski patrol at Alyeska. While on ski patrol she taught toboggan handling and avalanche level 1 classes. As a patrol Alumni, she still teaches avalanche education with the local patrols. She has spent many days at Hatcher and joined the HPAC board in 2017 as a way to give back to the community. When she isn’t skiing, she works as a researcher at the UAA Center for Human Development. She lives in Fishhook with her husband, two kids, and two huskies.


Kate Arnold – Board Member

Kate is very passionate about snowboarding and running. She loves to participate in all types of outdoor recreational activities anytime of year. You will often hear her say, “…from ice skating to rock climbing, I’ll try anything at least once.”


Matt Lemons – Board Member

Matt’s background is in climbing and splitboarding. He worked as a wilderness therapy guide in Utah before moving back to Alaska in 2011. He is now a realtor living in Palmer, and he is a member of the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group.

 

Avalanche Forecast Boundary

Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center Boundary