|An evening view to the valley from Alyeska mountain|
|I was not going to feed myself the bears|
|Night skiing in Alyeska|
|Ski area entrance at night|
|Gondola at Alyeska|
|The root cause of the diplomatic incident between Finland and Alaska|
|Traveling up the "Finnland"|
|One of the many black diamond runs in the upper bowl|
|This is as high as the sun gets in Alaska|
|A view from the North Face side of the mountain|
|Ski patrol hut in the dusk (2PM)|
|Chilly ski lifts|
|Evening ski lift ride|
|My kind of ski area|
|I skied through this slope on the next run|
The base elevation at Alyeska is only 76 meters. The highest ski lift, Chair 6, takes you to 840 meters.
|It is comfortable at Alyeska hotel, even sitting outside|
There seemed to be an excessive number of accidents in the ski area. Almost every time I got out of the ski lift, the patrol was taking yet another rescue sled into use. This seemed to be mostly some people who did not know to ski at all, perhaps the opening days and the thanksgiving weekend had something to do with. And despite a relatively small number of people on the mountain, there were a few bottlenecks where reckless speeding had caused accidents. Hopefully no one was seriously injured, however. And the patrol was taking their job very seriously, one one of the bottlenecks they had several people checking skier speeds and warning the ones that were skiing too fast. I wish more ski areas did that.
|Yet another ambulance|
|Alcohol freezes beyond this point?|
I rate Alyeska as one of the great ski destinations in North America. Not at the same level as Whistler-Blackcomb or Jackson Hole, but certainly comparable to Snowbird, Squaw Valley, Breckendridge and many other well known places. The long travel is an obvious downside. And Alyeska is only one lone area. If you get bored in Snowbird (but why would you?) you could drop by neighboring Alta. There is no such option in Alyeska. And based on my experience with skiing in Northern Finland, it is probably similarly cold in the middle of winter in the Alyeska.
|It is cold and dark in Alaska. Very cold.|
- Plenty of snow, through three seasons.
- Enough challenging terrain, and easy access to double black runs.
- Also plenty of intermediate and beginner ski runs.
- The best snow cat, ski touring, and heliskiing options in Northern America.
- Lifts, hotels and other facilities that are of excellent quality, second to no one else on this continent.
- The weather, nature, and feeling in this place is different from most other places in North America. You really feel you are far in the north.
|Sarah Palin paper dolls. Recommended souvenir from the Anchorage airport.|
|Alaska. They have humor, too.|