Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center

Accident: Hatcher Pass

Location: Hatch Peak

Mon, March 19th, 2001
Skier triggered avalanche on Hatch Peak, near Hatcher Pass. One fatality.
Accident Report

Two experienced backcountry skiers approached the “Sunnyside” run, on the ESE face of Hatch Peak near 5:00pm on March 19th, 2011. There were approximately 6 tracks on the slope from earlier that day. Skier 1 skied down first and staged midway down the slope in order to spot skier 2. After skier 2 made a few turns into the run he felt the slide initiate. By using swimming motions he was able to self-rescue off the moving debris onto the side. Once out of the debris, skier 2 realized he had injured his leg. He did not see skier 1 on, or near, the slide path or on the debris. His lower leg injury did not allow him to begin companion rescue. He initiated a rescue using an emergency locator beacon. Skier 1 was swept down the gully and buried 14 feet deep.