HATCHER PASS — Colder March temperatures have improved snow conditions in Hatcher Pass, but the Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center listed all elevations at a moderate level of avalanche danger over the weekend. HPAC forecaster Allie Barker wrote an avalanche forecast that listed persistent slabs and dry loose sluffs as possible avalanche problems over the weekend.
“Persistent slabs will be possible to human trigger today on E to W aspects, mostly likely on SE,S, SW aspects, at all elevations. Small avalanches in specific areas or large avalanches in isolated areas are possible today.
Head’s up! Many avalanches are being triggered by the 4th or 5th rider on slope with previous tracks prior to triggering avalanches,” wrote Barker.
On March 17, a skier triggered and was caught in a large avalanche but skied out of the slide at 4,500 feet of elevation in Hatcher Pass after a slide was triggered by a skier and accompanying dog on March 16. HPAC provides bi-weekly avalanche forecasts for Hatcher Pass that expire 24 hours after they are posted. More information on avalanches in Hatcher Pass can be found at https://hpavalanche.org/.