Some ski areas you go to because the terrain is just your speed – perhaps steep runs with cliffs or easy, meandering runs.
Some you go to because it’s convenient. A 45-minute drive versus 3 hours? Could be a no brainer.
But normally you don’t go just for the view. But in this case maybe you should make an exception…
I first skied Alyeska about 7 years ago. It was in the middle of winter so sunlight was practically non-existent this far north and the flat light made the entire slope appear virtually featureless.
I wasn’t a strong skier, so skiing Alyeska was a challenge. But despite that, I couldn’t believe the view of the inlet – it was gorgeous.
Up until skiing at Alyeska, I’d say maybe Whistler/Blackcomb in British Columbia or Homewood Ski Area in Lake Tahoe offered skiers the prettiest view in North America. But now I think they’ve been bested.
Alyeska is in Girdwood, a small town about a 45-minute drive from Anchorage. The town is surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks, and you’ll get views from all angles.
We tend to take the tram up the hill because it’s warmer. Here’s a shot of the hotel through the tram window.
Our first day at Alyeska this season was stormy, but the snow was awesome. Got about 14″ inches of powder!
Skiers making their way along High Traverse. It was the best way to score a fresh line that day.
I haven’t had much experience skiing in powder, but it was fun!
The second day I went up, the skies couldn’tve been any bluer.
The ski season is coming to a close at the end of April, which is fine with me because that means soon it’ll actually feel more like Spring. I’m ready!