With an average annual snowfall of 650 inches and 2,500 vertical feet of challenging terrain, Alyeska Resort lives up to Alaska’s “steep and deep” reputation. Alyeska is Alaska’s premier area, located in the Chugach Mountain Range, 40 miles south of Anchorage. Spring delivers the most daylight hours of all U.S. ski resorts, and favorable weather long into April makes Alyeska a great late-season destination. Ski in/ski out lodging available from The Hotel Alyeska. Chugach Powder Guides offer helicopter and snow cat options right from the hotel.
• 2/25-2/27: Telepalooza – 8th Annual Jeff Nissman Memorial Telemark Festival celebrates the freeheel lifestyle
• 4/22-4/24: Spring Carnival & Slush Cup – Alyeska’s biggest event includes pond skim, team tug-o-war & live music
• 6/6-6/17: Alyeska Summer Camp – Freestyle skiing and riding camp in June features a continuous mile of jumps, jibs and natural features
Alyeska features wide open bowls, long top-to-bottom runs and plenty of powder. Experts love North Face, North America’s longest continuous double black diamond run. Outer areas like Christmas Chute and Headwall access heli quality terrain from the Tram. The resort has two terrain parks and a superpipe.
On a storm day, the trees under Chair 6 are the call. Short but steep pitches with pillow airs scattered throughout. Once it clears, look for Christmas, New Years and the Monies to open. They are the closest thing you’ll find to an AK heli line inbounds. For lodging, if you’d rather avoid the hotel scene and get a chalet in town, check out thealtalhouse.com for reasonably priced vacation rentals sleeping two to eight people.