A Wasilla man was killed in an avalanche Sunday afternoon in Hatcher Pass.
Around 1 p.m., Anthony Watters, 24, and an 18-year-old friend had just completed a snowboarding run off Hatch Peak, above the pass to Willow, when a slide released, according to Alaska State Troopers and the state park ranger who handled the rescue.
Almost two hours later, rescuers dug Watters from the snow. He was dead at the scene, Alaska's first avalanche fatality of the year.
Watters was buried. He had a shovel and an avalanche probe in his backpack, Murphy said. Watters also had an avalanche beacon, a device that transmits a signal to other beacons to help rescuers find buried victims.
But the 18-year-old had no beacon to receive the signal, Murphy said. He also did not have a shovel or a probe, Murphy said.