Hatcher Pass

HATCHER PASS — Forecasters with Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center listed the avalanche danger at ‘moderate’ for all elevations over the last weekend.

On Tuesday, a large human triggered avalanche occurred in the same location that a natural avalanche had sloughed off just one week earlier. In the weekend forecast, HPAC staff list the lack of recent avalanches not as a sign of snow safety, but rather one of skier precaution.

“Few people have ventured far into the upper elevation terrain at Hatcher Pass this week. Let this be a reminder that the lack of recent human triggered avalanches does not necessarily correlate to safety or stability. Instead, it is a time to ask more questions of the snowpack, make appropriate terrain decisions, and use safe travel protocol,” staff wrote in the Dec. 26 forecast.

On Dec. 29, one skier was involved in a large, human-triggered avalanche on Microdot and later posted their observation to HPAC’s website. The skier was able to ride away without injury and was not caught in the avalanche that left nine feet of debris in its deepest location.

“This Avy started at the same elevation and approximate size of a slide immediately adjacent to an older one,” wrote the skier.

HPAC staff observed the avalanche debris on Wednesday. All observations and avalanche reports for Hatcher Pass snow conditions can be found on

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