Alyeska Resort Snowboarding
The 2nd most popular snowboarding destination in Alaska.
Saturday 6 August 2016 03:00 GMT
Southeast of Anchorage near Girdwood on the slopes of Mount Alyeska, the Alyeska Resort has 78 runs spread across 1,610 acres that are served by 7 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 2,500 feet. Plus, will a little hiking, you can access lines with 3,500 feet of vertical. Alyeska averages a whooping 750 inches of snow annually, and about 75% of the runs are off-piste. There are a bunch of natural gullies and steep glades, such as Chirstmas Chute.
But, since this is a low elevation resort, expect the snow to be wet and heavy. And, Alyeska isn’t known for groomed runs or sunny days.
Alyeska is known for its in-bounds backcountry experience with steep, radical terrain. For some challenging snowboarding, try Spirit Quad and then hike the leftside of Glacier Bowl. Look for Cliffs near the top and powder at the bottom. Alternately, use the tram to the summit to drop into either Christmas Chute or Headwall. On powder days, try out the lines under Chair 6. If open, try the Monkeys for a nice powder run. Also, when open, head through the North Face gates and hike up to Christmas and New Years Chutes. The North Face is supposedly the longest double black run in North America. Keep in mind that Alyeska ski area has a closed gate policy.
In case you’ve accidentally brought some freestylers with you to this freeriders paradise, there are two terrain parks for them to check out.
For nightlife, try Sitzmark, Chair 5 (aka Dive), or Maxs.
After exploring what's available at Alyeska Resort, try checking out the nearby backcountry freeriding at Turnagain Pass, though a guide is highly recommended.
Alyeska is located 35 miles southeast of Anchorage. Follow SR 1 southeast from Anchorage into Girdwood. Turn left heading northeast on Alyeska Highway to the resort.
Note, in winter the lifts do not open until 10:30 am due to lack of sunlight.
Overall, Alyeska Resort is the 2nd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 7 snowboarding resorts in Alaska. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Alyeska Resort including Alpenglow At Artic Valley and Chugach Powder Guides.