Snow Skiing in Alaska

July 3, 2006 by  
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Alaska‘s long, cold winters make it a winter wonderland for snow skiers. Most communities here have incredible networks of cross-country ski trails, often running right through downtown. And backcountry skiing options are almost limitless. Head out for the day, or rent a wilderness cabin for an adventurous overnight trip.

Want more adrenaline? Try Alyeska, an excellent downhill ski resort near Anchorage. Or try the heli-skiing operations in Anchorage, SE Alaska, or Valdez- Valdez’s exciting slopes make it the home of the World Extreme Skiing Championships.

Seek out lighted areas on dark mid-winter days. But by spring, Alaskan skiers enjoy more daylight than most places in the world.

Alyeska

Alaska’s largest downhill resort. Alyeska’s tram travels 2,500′ of vertical in a mere three minutes. It accesses 1000 acres of wide-open bowls and breathtaking views.

Eagle Crest

A small local’s area in Juneau, Alaska’s capitol. Eagle Crest is full of character and excellent out-of-bounds opportunities. Enjoy world-class views of glaciers, the Juneau Icefield, and SE Alaska-s waterways.

Anchorage crosscountry

Alaska’s largest city is laced with trails. 1,500 acre Kincaid Park is a popular, in-city lighted trail system. Bicentennial Park features 5,000 acres of backcountry trails. Visit Anchorage in March to watch (or join) the Tour of Anchorage, a 50km ski marathon through town.

Fairbanks crosscountry

This chilly Alaskan city has great early-season snow, and long sunny spring days. Beware of frostbite in the cold of mid-winter. Try the University of Alaska’s trail system, or the lighted runs at Birch Hill.