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.
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.
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).
HILL SKI AND SNOWBOARD AREA
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.
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.
Located 12 miles from downtown Juneau, on Douglas
(907) 586-5284 business office
(907) 790-2001, Fax (907) 586-5677 mountain
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
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)
11 miles northwest of Fairbanks. Phone (907) 479-4732,
Fax (907) 455-8362, Ski Resort phone (907) 459-8132
Heated terrestrial trams,
southern exposure, and groomed runs. Vertical drop
of 1,260 feet.
EYAK SKI AREA
Mt. Eyak ski area is located in Codova, AK. Features
alpine skiing and snowboarding.
Usually opens around
mid-November and closes around mid-May; daily hours
of operation depend on sunlight hours. Telephone:
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
Slopes are beginner
to advanced and are patrolled by the National Ski
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