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Hatcher Pass Heli-Skiing Operation

1986

Name of Ski Area: Hatcher Pass Heli-Skiing Operation
Location: Hatcher Pass, based out of the Hatcher Pass Lodge.  Skiing was done in April Bowl.
Type of Area: Backcountry skiing area
Dates of Operation: 1986
Who Built It?: This skiing operation was organized by Hatcher Pass Lodge and Soloy Heli-Ops
Base/Vertical Drop:

1900 feet

Lifts: None
Facilities: Hatcher Pass Lodge, and a Hughes 500-D 4 passenger helicopter.
History: In 1986 Soloy Heli-Ops and Hap Wurlitzer and his Hatcher Pass Lodge had a spring heli-skiing operation in Hatcher Pass.
Sources of Information:

Anchorage Daily News (Google archives); Fred Trimble; Tom Murphy

Photos:

Does anyone have pictures of Hatcher Pass heli-skiing that they would like to contribute to ALSAP ?

~  Newspaper Article  ~

April 24, 1986 Anchorage Daily News Article
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~  Photos  ~

Mid-1980's Hatcher Pass Avalanche Control Photos by Tom Murphy
Avalanche gun on snow cat. April Bowl avalanche control.

~  MAPS  ~

This topo map shows the location of Hatcher Pass north of Palmer, AK.

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This higher resolution topo map shows the approximate location of 1986 the heli-ski run.

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