Ski Deep Powder in Alaska

Alaska’s largest resort offers plenty of options

Mar 11, 2012
Outside Magazine

The Sell: Deep powder and plenty of skiing options.
The Grit:
This winter, snow dumped on the Northwest. Which means that even if storms slow down this spring, Alyeska Resort with its 746 inches will still have a deeper base than most of the Lower 48. And, for $60 a day, Alaska’s largest resort offers 1,400 skiable acres with 2,350 vertical feet of continuous double black diamond terrain. Experts should hit Christmas Chute, a 1,000-foot long run with a 50-degree pitch. While Alyeska has its fair share of steep and challenging pistes, there’s still enough blue terrain to keep intermediate skiers entertained. Mid-winter, Alaska has shorter daylight hours than its Lower 48 brethren, starting in mid-March the sun stays until a later time than in the rest of the U.S. Plus, you might just rub elbows with the likes of skier Elyse Saugstad, skier Chris Davenport, and snowboarder Travis Rice over an Alaskan microbrew at Sitzmark Bar & Grill. Fuel up in the tiny town of Girdwood on The Bake Shop’s $9 Alyeska sourdough pancakes. If you don’t want to splurge on the resort’s spring ski package, $399 per person for four nights and three days, then reserve a room at Alyeska Hostel, a family-owned hostel (starting at $20 a night) that offers bunks and private rooms and is located less than one mile from Alyeska Resort’s base. For $1,125, you can tack on a full day of heli-skiing with EpicQuest, a global outdoor adventure outfitter. They will provide you with a beacon as well as an airbag system ($30 rental fee) and send you cruising down a minimum of 16,000 vertical feet inside the Chugach Mountain Range; the guides have permit access to a swath of 750,000 acres just outside the resort’s boundaries. End your night at the Double Musky Inn, which serves freshly caught Alaskan seafood in classic New Orleans fashion.
The Verdict:
Guaranteed powder and unforgettable comfort food for the skiing set.

Filed To: Alaska, Snow Sports

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