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Backcountry Access

Skeetawk and all elevations in Hatcher Pass received a nice refresh of snow into Thanksgiving Day! 10” of new snow fell in the base area at Skeetawk. The weekend and into next week are showing promises of a productive cycle that could lead to some great accumulation in Hatcher Pass.

The temps will stay cold in the twenties and mid teens through each wave of snow this week. Winds should stay in the teens to low twenties with higher gust on exposed ridges as the many fronts approach and depart this week.

Snow surface & travel conditions off trail in mid elevation zones (1300'-2000'). Early season conditions still exist: Breakable crust, thin cover, and unmarked hazards including open water, rocks, stumps, and exposed ground.

Many natural hazards exist unmarked in the backcountry under all this new snow.

Reminders on safe backcountry travel techniques:

Local public health, search and rescue, as well as volunteer resources have been spread very thin due to recent Covid 19 workloads on public health providers. PLEASE MAKE CONSERVATIVE DECISIONS in the backcountry.


❄ Backcountry users may access gates located at the trail head adjacent to the trailhead parking lot and just uphill of the Maintenance Shed.

❄ Skiers with lift access may use the Backcountry Gate located off the Altitude trail.

❄ Skiers may not climb uphill on established ski runs to access gates during hours of downhill lift-serviced skiing operations. They MAY do so on limited operation days with no lift serviced skiing operations.

❄ Backcountry skiers cannot use the downhill trail system without a lift ticket.

❄ Users may be required to sign in with patrol and document proper avalanche and winter outdoor safety training. A designated trip leader with adequate training is highly encouraged. Solo travel is highly discouraged.

❄ There is a $5 fee for parking, except for members and season pass holders. Click below for more information.

Please check the latest avalanche hazard advisory for Hatcher Pass here:

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907-746-PASS (7277)
13500 N. Skeetawk Circle
Mile 10.6 Palmer-Fishhook Rd.
Palmer, AK 99645

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