This last season was challenging due to deep instabilities. The one fatality brought home the message that deep instabilities are often difficult to predict when they will fail and often the perceived hazard is much different than the actual hazard. It is my hope that this forecast will aid backcountry users in understanding the actual avalanche hazard and that this information will find it’s way into the hands of people who need it or want it.
For next season we are planning to issue more stability danger ratings per week. The eventual goal is for a daily forecast, but that is far into the future and will require significant funding. We hope that this web-based forecast will initiate a movement towards a more permanent avalanche forecast for Hatcher Pass, whether it is through the State Parks, the existing forecast centers, or a privately funded program. If you have ideas of what you would like to see, please make a comment. If you have ideas for funding or would like to contribute time or funding, please contact Jed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overall the season brought many good days of skiing, and we are hoping for another great season in 2012. See you out there,