Snow slides close access to the east side of Hatcher Pass

Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A series of snow slides in recent days has closed access to the east side of Hatcher Pass.

Avalanches have blocked the Hatcher Pass Road just past the Motherlode Lodge. State road crews have been working to clear the road by the weekend, but they weren't making any promises.

So, for now, back-country skiers and snowmachiners hoping to get to the pass from the east are out of luck. Those that are able to reach the area from the west side are warned to be aware of the avalanche danger.

The area saw heavy snowfall -- up to three feet -- in last weekend's storm.



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