Greeting from the Skeetawk Mountain Operations Team!
This is the weekly snow and mountain conditions report for Friday May 8th
Please see this snow report and weekly mountain conditions update here prior to venturing up to Skeetawk for the most up to date information on snow conditions and gate access times.
*This will be our last winter snow report for the 2019/20 Ski Season*
Skeetawk will have OPEN gate hours and backcountry trailhead access on the following dates and times:
Saturday 5/9: 9AM-6PM*
Sunday 5/10: CLOSED
Please note the following for Trailhead Access and Backcountry Travel:
*PLEASE PARK DOUBLE SPACED & MAINTAIN ADEQUATE SOCIAL DISTANCING*
*NO CONGREGATING IN PARKING AREAS or ON TRAIL*
*NO SERVICES or RESTROOMS WILL BE AVAILABLE*
*FACE COVERINGS ARE ENCOURED*
We will see you for lift serviced alpine skiing & snowboarding in the 2020/2021 Winter Season! This project could not have been a success without the support of our generous sponsors, donors, and partnerships.
We would like to thank:
Our Trail Sponsors:
Turner's Corner for Turner's Terrain Park
Altitude Chiropractic for the Altitude Ski Run
APC & Olson's Construction for Glacier Bear Run
ALL Community Trail Donors & Sponsors
Our Chair Sponsors on the Skeetawk Triple Chair:
The Schillinger Family
Anesthesia Care Associates
The Keene and Meding Families
Orthopedic Physicians Alaska: Physical Therapy
Remote Alaska Solutions
Valley Imaging Alaska
Janet Kincaid Family
Owens Family-In Memory of Slade Owens
Valley Chiropractic Clinic
Usibelli Coal Mine Inc- In memory of Jim Helling
Fisherman for Bristol Bay
Lindsey Lindstrom & Palmer Dental
Orthopedic Physicians Alaska
Backcountry Bike and Ski
Rain Proof Roofing
The Powder Family
Palmer Ale House
And a Special Thanks to:
The Matanuska Susitna Borough, MatSu Health Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, Fishhook Community Council and MatSu Trails and Parks Foundation
Statement Regarding Covid 19 Virus and Public Safety affecting Skeetawk Operations:
Hatcher Alpine Xperience recognizes the current need to follow both federal and state community and workplace health guidelines. We are closely monitoring the current situation with public facility and ski area closures state wide. We have not issued public opening dates for Skeetawk in regards to ski area operations. We are addressing risk management decisions regarding pending spring operations day by day as we progress through the final weeks of construction and safety checks.
Skeetawk has no anticipated timeline for spring operations and is CLOSED to all access beyond essential security and caretaking functions.
A resident caretaker will remain on site.
Skeetawk will continue to work diligently through the decision making process with staff, volunteer, and public safety as a priority.
Thank you for your patience.
Snow and Weather:
For up to date snow and weather information please see:
The spring meltdown has begun! Although Skeetawk had picked up an additional 1-3" of wet snow through this week's storm cycle, much of our new precipitation fell as rain. Skeetawk picked up close to 1" of rain after recent snowfall this week. Much of the snowpack at lower elevations is saturated off trail. Please be aware of difficult surface conditions and heavy wet snow impeding backcountry travel.
New rain on snow events and increased temps will increase the avalanche hazard throughout the weekend.
Weather through Sunday of this weekend looks cloudy and wet with scattered rain showers. Day time temperatures could reach the mid 40's with lows remaining above the freezing levels.
Reminder 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 wise and conservative decisions when recreating in Hatcher Pass and practice social distancing.
TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS DISCOURAGED
Please check the latest avalanche hazard advisory for Hatcher Pass here:
Our season snowfall total is 139”.
Total Snow Depth at Skeetawk Base Area is approximately 0"
Thin spots, bare ground, and unmarked hazards exist!
The Frostbite Bottom Weather Station is on line and posting reliable data from the 2700' elevation point at tree line in our permit area. This information is available here:
*PLEASE RESPECT ALL BOUNDARIES and CONSTRUCTION ZONE SIGNAGE*
For up to date Avalanche Hazard and Mountain Weather Information please visit our friends at: www.hatcherpassavalanchecenter.org
Think snow and stay tuned here for the best and most current information!!!
Skeetawk Gate for Backcountry Trailhead Access is Open 5/9 from 9am-6pm
Please do not park below the gate as it impedes our snow removal and heavy equipment access
Past Snow Reports
January 31st 2020 Snow report (PDF)
February 7th 2020 Snow report (PDF)
February 14th 2020 Snow report (PDF)
February 21st 2020 Snow report (PDF)
February 28th 2020 Snow report (PDF)
March 6th 2020 Snow report (PDF)
March 13th 2020 Snow report (PDF)
March 20th 2020 Snow report (PDF)
March 27th 2020 Snow report (PDF)
April 3rd 2020 Snow report (PDF)
April 10th 2020 Snow report (PDF)
April 17th 2020 Snow report (PDF)
April 24th 2020 Snow report (PDF)
May 1st 2020 Snow report (PDF)