Snowmachine closures announced for Hatcher Pass, Nancy Lake recreation areas
With the onset of warmer weather, the Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation is closing certain areas in the Mat-Su region to snowmachine use.
The portion of the Hatcher Pass Road snowmachine corridor from the Goldmint Trailhead at Mile 14 to Mile 16.5, as well as Archangel Valley, is closed to snowmachining as of today, April 16. This is due to deteriorating snow conditions.
The portion of the snowmachine corridor from the Fishhook Parking Lot up to and including Summit Lake State Recreation Site remains open to snowmachining.
With the warmer temperatures, snowboarders, skiers, and snow vehicle operators are advised to take extra precautions as the higher peaks in the Hatcher Pass area are prone to avalanche activity during this transition period.
The Nancy Lake State Recreation Area will close to snowmachine use on Thursday, April 19. Warm weather conditions have diminished the snow pack depth. The remaining snow is very rotten with little support for foot traffic or snow vehicles. Runoff from the melting snow is accumulating on the lake surfaces, making travel across the lakes difficult.
The gate at the Nancy Lake Parkway, Mile 2.2, will remain closed until the snow and ice have melted from the roadway, allowing traffic back to South Rolly Campground. The lakes will generally become ice free sometime in May.
For further information, contact Teri Zell at the Mat-Su/Copper Basin Area Office at 907-745-8931.
Posted: April 16, 2012