Ski Resorts in Alaska

Ski Resorts in Alaska


© Craig Lindh, Alaska Division of Tourism

Downhill skiing and snowboarding are popular sports in Alaska. Winter snow covers the tops of most mountains by December and ski slopes can be found in many areas of the state. Some adventurous individuals hike or fly to isolated skiing/snowboarding destinations away from resorts. While making the opportunities for pristine downhill skiing virtually limitless, this should be considered very dangerous, particularly for those unfamiliar with the area in question. The summaries below provide information about public ski resorts.

Cross country skiing is also popular in Alaska and is one of the few methods of penetrating the interior wilderness during the winter. Locals ski for both transportation and recreation. Opportunities abound in areas where snow permanently covers the ground during the winter, (which is most of interior and northern Alaska). For more information on cross-country skiing, contact the Alaska Public Lands Information Centers.

ARCTIC VALLEY SKI AREA
Located 10 miles from downtown Anchorage (7 miles from the Glenn Highway) and 2600 feet above Anchorage. There are three chairlifts, including one surface lift, and are open weekends and school holidays. They no longer have a racing program or lessons.

They have a long-term lease on approximately 500 alpine acres and are the “gateway to Chugach State Park,” catering to Alaska’s intermediate and advanced skiers.

ALYESKA
Located in Girdwood, 40 miles south of Anchorage on the Seward Highway.
(907) 754-1111, Fax (907) 754-2200.

  • Alyeska is Alaska's largest ski resort at 3,939 feet. Base level is 280 feet above sea level. Five double chair lifts. Almost half the mountain is above the timberline. Upper half of the mountain is wide open bowls, lower half offers tree-lined trails.

  • Plans are underway to expand lift capacity by adding a quad chair and a 60-passenger tramway. Five new beginner/intermediate runs are being cleared. Skiing may also be opened on the resort's north face.

  • Inn, restaurant, saloon, and day lodge. 300-room hotel and resort center is currently being built with plans for additional restaurants, shops, a health club, and ice skating rink. National Recognition: Tommy Moe (1994 Winter Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist).

BIRCH HILL SKI AND SNOWBOARD AREA
This alpine ski destination is located on the south-facing slopes of Birch Hill, north of the Chena River at Fort Wainwright. For info and hours, call 353-7053.

EAGLECREST
Located 12 miles from downtown Juneau, on Douglas Island.
(907) 586-5284 business office
(907) 790-2001, Fax (907) 586-5677 mountain

  • Two double chair lifts and one surface lift serving 31 alpine trails; snowmaking equipment, and night skiing on one chair and one surface lift. The lodge offers food service, ski rentals, and a ski school providing instruction for all abilities. Open Thursday through Monday.
  • Featured in Powder Magazine. National recognition: Hilary Lindh (1992 Winter Olympic Silver Medalist), Calvin Mitchell, and Kevin Stall.
  • HILLTOP SKI AREA
    Located at 7015 Abbott Road, four miles east of the Seward Highway at Dimond Blvd. (Ten minutes from Anchorage.) Phone (907) 346-1446, Fax (907) 346-3391, Ski Hotline (907) 346-2167.

  • Hilltop's convenient in town location, friendly atmosphere make this ski area the perfect resort for any level of skier.
  • Hilltop Ski Area, Anchorage's winter recreation center, offers a light hearted approach to skiing. Lessons featuring private or group instruction. Rentals for Alpine, Nordic, and Snowboard skiing are available, along with over 26K of groomed cross country ski trails.
  • Group rates, restaurant, scenic lodge, apparel and gift shop, double chair lift, surface tow, and snowmaking equipment. Ski school and rental and repair shop, open Monday through Thursday.
  • MOOSE MOUNTAIN
    11 miles northwest of Fairbanks. Phone (907) 479-4732, Fax (907) 455-8362, Ski Resort phone (907) 459-8132
    Email shredthemoose@hotmail.com.

    Heated terrestrial trams, southern exposure, and groomed runs. Vertical drop of 1,260 feet.

    MT. EYAK SKI AREA
    The Mt. Eyak ski area is located in Codova, AK. Features alpine skiing and snowboarding.

    • One lift services 30 runs with a vertical drop of 800 feet. Elevation at the top is 1200 ft (366 m) and annual snowfall is 350 in (889 cm). Ski and snowboard rentals are available as well as nearby lodging.

    Usually opens around mid-November and closes around mid-May; daily hours of operation depend on sunlight hours. Telephone: 907 424-7766.

    Mt. Aurora Skiland
    One mile east of the Steese Highway at Mile 20.5. Phone (907) 389-3624, Fax (907) 389-2314.

    • Featuring The "Silver Star" Double Chairlift--the farthest north chair lift in North America.

    • The day lodge offers a spectacular view, snack bar, and alpine ski and snowboard rentals.

    • Slopes are beginner to advanced and are patrolled by the National Ski Patrol.

    • Aurora viewing is available by appointment.

    • Two rope tows and about 16 miles of trails. "This area's casual attitude is displayed by a sign at the ski counter reading: <We have rocks, stumps, frozen skiers, and giant blueberries. If you hit 'em, it's you fault, so be kind, courteous and cheerful and have fun." Alaska Magazine, November 1988. This area has a 1,057 foot vertical drop.

    Open Saturdays and Sundays and most school holidays from around Thanksgiving to mid-April. Hours are from 10:00 am to dusk during the winter and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm during spring.

    Call (907) 456-SNOW for latest ski conditions and lift ticket deals.

    Mt. Aurora Skiland
    Steve and Brenda Birdsall
    Lodge: (907) 389-3624
    Office (907) 389-2314

    Addresses for ski areas:
    Alpenglow
    Attn: Bruce McCurtain
    P.O. Box 92121
    Anchorage, AK 99509
    Hatcher Pass Ski Club
    Attn: Jim Turner
    P.O. Box 477
    Palmer, AK 99645
    Mt. Services
    Attn: Fred Rogers
    P.O. Box 5510
    Ketchum, ID 83340
    Alyeska Ski Area
    P.O. Box 249
    Girdwood, AK 99587
    Hilltop Ski Area
    Attn: Steve Remme
    7015 Abbott Rd.
    Anchorage, AK 99516
    Mt. Eyak
    Box 2446
    Cordova, AK 99586
    Delta Junction Ski Area
    c/o Micheal Ellis
    Box 271
    Delta Junction, AK 99737
    Homer Ski Area
    Attn: Ron Gribble
    Box 843
    Homer, AK 99803
    Valdez Parks & Recreation
    Attn: Nancy Robb
    P.O. Box 307
    Valdez, AK 99686
    Eaglecrest Ski Area
    155 S. Seward St.
    Juneau, AK 99801
    Moose Run Ski Area
    Attn: Jeff Barnhart
    Box 5301
    Fort Richardson, AK 99505
    Mt. Aurora Skiland
    2315 Skiland Road
    Fairbanks, Alaska 99712
    For more information on skiing in Alaska, check out this website that has an alphabetical listing of ski resorts in Alaska and all over the world.

    Alaska Facts

    State Nick Name: "The Last Frontier" - the name Alaska is derived from the Aleut word "Aleyska," meaning "great land."

    State Motto: "North to the Future"

    State Capital: Juneau, located in the Southeast region of Alaska, has a population of 33,277 (2015 Estimate of Population, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development)

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    Alaska Flag:

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