A Special Weather Statement has been issued in effect Sunday and Monday bringing warm temperatures and the potential for 12″ of new snow to Hatcher Pass. Southerly winds are forecasted to increase throughout the storm. Any significant precipitation combined with warm temperatures and moderate wind will increase the avalanche hazard at all elevations, on all aspects through Monday. If you choose to venture from your quarantine at home, we highly recommend cautious route finding and conservative decision making. This storm could tip the balance with natural avalanches failing deep in the snowpack in the dormant yet highly consequential deep persistent slab layer. Stay safe!
Above: 0.92″ of snow water equivalent will produce approximately 12″ of snow
HPAC statement from April 5. For more information on the conditions and snowpack, please see past advisories and observations.
Official Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center Statement for Suspending Operations
The Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center is suspending forecasts and reducing field operations beginning April 4, 2020 until further notice. A conditions summary and recent avalanche activity will be provided today, Saturday, April 4th. As an organization whose mission is focused on promoting public safety, the HPAC is focusing on maintaining the health and well-being of our staff and of our communities. Following both Alaska’s Social Distancing and Intrastate Travel mandates are vital at this time.
We acknowledge that the absence of avalanche and mountain safety forecasts increases the user’s risk in the backcountry. Backcountry travel is not an essential need at this time of pandemic. HPAC will continue to provide updates on conditions, major avalanche hazards, and maintain the observation platform.
Thank you for your support as we all grapple with challenging decisions that redefine our work and community life. We look forward to getting through this pandemic with a minimum loss of life and economic disruption. While adjusting to the current conditions we will do our best to maintain our mission. You can find information and updates at http://www.hpavalanche.org and social media.
Thank you all for your support this season. This has been a challenging decision and we take it seriously. Please take care of each other.
Resources: How to Get Outside During a Pandemic HERE.
Tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus can be found HERE.