lots of rugged terrain, beautiful vistas and snow, snow, everywhere
but - surprising - only one major ski resort in Alaska.
40 miles from Anchorage in Girdwood, the Alyeska Ski Resort offers
lots of deep powder for avid skiers and adventure-seeking snowboarders.
The resort has a professional quality half pipe and is host to
many of the USASA Alaska Snowboard Series amateur competitions.
Upon arrival, a tram whisks snow lovers up the Chugach Mountains
2,300 feet above sea level with spectacular views of the Turnagain
Arm of the Cook Inlet and seven glaciers. Outdoor fun is not only
limited to the winter months, however, as Alyeska also offers
a variety of summer activities including paragliding, mountain
bike riding, horse back riding, and white water rafting during
the warmer months.
leave the skis and snowboard behind and opt to go "heli-skiing"
from Alyeska, where helicopters fly high over the Chugach National
Forest for breathtaking views of fjords, glaciers and wildlife.
to Alyeska, located 45 miles from Anchorage is Hatcher Pass, most
known to snowboarders for its primo backcountry trails and miles
of untracked snow. High atop the Talkeetna Mountains are found
groomed ski trails, one of which serve as the training site for
the U.S. Cross-Country Ski Team.
Meanwhile, a short hop from Juneau lies the Eaglecrest ski area, located on Douglas Island, offering 31 alpine runs, a few miles
of Nordic trails, a tubing hill and a terrain park for boarders.
More about skiing in Alaska around the Web:
Ski Trail Reports - Visitor-submitted reports on ski conditions
near Fairbanks, Anchorage and other regions throughout the state.
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skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, camping, hunting and more.