HATCHER PASS — Alaska State Trooper reported early Tuesday that a 17-year-old male snowboarder died in an avalanche in Hatcher Pass late Monday night. AST responded with Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Palmer Fire and Rescue, Mat-Su EMS, the Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center, Alaska Avalanche School, Alaska Mountain Rescue Group and Mat-Su Search and Rescue to search for the missing snowboarder following an avalanche in Hatcher Pass at 4:17 p.m. on Monday. Rescuers retrieved the male who was later declared dead at a hospital.
Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center posted on their Facebook page about an avalanche incident at low elevation around 7:30 p.m. on Monday. The HPAC is asking that backcountry enthusiasts avoid the popular '16 Mile' road run.
"There is still avalanche danger in the area. Please spread the word so the professionals can do their job, and share what they find with the community," reads the post.
Earlier on Monday, HPAC warned of possible avalanche conditions in Hatcher Pass on their website at hpavalanche.org. A total of 33 inches of new snow has accumulated over the weekend.
“The rapid load will overload weak layers and natural avalanches are possible today and human triggered are likely,” reads the conditions summary.
A persistent slab problem has been upgraded to a deep persistent slab problem, with the January layer of facets now more than 100 cm deep in most locations. Recent observations list heavy loading and warming temps as red flags. With 15-25 mph winds gusting S-SE at higher elevations.