The State of Alaska has received an application for a 5-year permit for commercial snowcat and helicopter ski operations at Hatcher Pass.

There are documents submitted by the applicants: the hand-written application, a plan of operations, and a map.

The 19-page proposed plan of operations includes this on Page 1:

General Operations

Cat skiing and heli assited laps will be conducted on Bullion Mountain ridges through Dog Sled Pass through the border along Summit Lake not on state park land. … operations will begin and end ... roughly around December … concluded in April or May. Hours will be between 8 AM and 6 PM …possibly ... 7 AM and 8PM. ... 1 snow cat will be utilized for transporting clients to and from areas being skiied. An option of heli-bumps will be offered as well. We would be utilizing 1 R-44 helicopters being operated by Talkeetna Air Taxi.

and this on the last page:

Client Parking

Client pick up and drop off plan is to have guests park at the designated parking areas on the Palmer side of Hatcher Pass. Clients will pay the day use parking fee which will generate money for the state.

There clients will walk up the road with guides to where the snowcat will be waiting. The area in which the cat will be waiting is an area already approved by the state to have the snowcat.

A separate document, the hand-written application, indicates that they will use two snowcats, traveling 10 to 30 miles a day.

Public Notice for LAS 32622: Land Use Permit

Application received from Hatcher Pass Mountain Guides for cross country travel in conjunction with snowcat and heli ski operations

LAS 32622
Hatcher Pass Mountain Guides

Subject to AS 38.05.850, the Southcentral Regional Land Office has received an application for the

APPLICANT: Hatcher Pass Mountain Guides


GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION: The portion of Hatchers Pass that reaches as far north as Purches Creek, as far west as

Lucky Shot Mine, as far south as the confluence of Homestake Creek and Willow Creek, and as far east as
Independence Mine State Historical Park.


Sections 13, 14, 23, 24, 25, 26, 35, 36, Township 20 North, Range 1 West, Seward Meridian

Sections 16, 17, 18, 19 ,20, 28, 29 30, 31, 32, 33, Township 20 North, Range 1 East, Seward Meridian

Sections 1, 2, Township 19 North, Range 1 West, Seward Meridian

Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, Township 19 North, Range 1 East, Seward Meridian

REQUESTED ACTIVITY: Applicant is requesting a land use permit for cross country travel, associated with
snowcat and heli ski operations within Hatchers Pass. Beginning at the parking lot on Fishhook-Willow Road,
approximately one mile south of the intersection of West Willow Fishhook Road and Fishhook-Willow Road,
following Fishhook-Willow Road and West Willow Fishhook Road into the Craigie Creek Unit, Willow
Mountain Unit, Independence Unit, and Archangel Unit.

Start: April 1, 2019
End: March 31, 2024


The public is invited to comment on this activity. The purpose of this notice is to gather input before a
decision is made on this activity. To ensure consideration, written comments must be received by the Division of Mining, Land and Water at the Southcentral Regional Land Office, 550 W. 7th Ave.,
Suite 900C, Anchorage, AK 99501-3577 on or before 5:00 PM on the date noted above. Questions concerning this
activity or requests to view the full application packet should be directed to Jay Rokos, Telephone:
(907)334-2676; Fax: (907) 269-8913 or e-mail:

After review and adjudication, we may issue an authorization with stipulations for the activity. The
activity may be modified during the review and adjudication process.

DNR-DMLW complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Individuals with
disabilities who may need auxiliary aids, services or special modifications to comment should contact Alaska
Relay at 711 or 800-770-8973 for TTY services.

The DMLW reserves the right to waive technical defects in this notice.

Mat-Su Ski Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

P.O. Box 364, Palmer, AK 99645

(907) 745-7547