Chair 6 is a high-speed detachable quad picking you up at mid-mountain and dropping you off above 2,250 shredable vertical feet. It was previously nicknamed, “The Bubble,” but the years of tagging and loogies stacked up so thick that now you’ll just have to brave the cold. Fittingly so, this lift is not for the faint of heart, as it services some of the most difficult lift-accessed terrain in North America. A quick two-minute sidestep after you exit the lift and you’re above Christmas Chute, known for having a large line-up prior to gate opening, and depositing you at the tram with burning legs. If you desire to stay up mountain, air off of Kitchen Wall and race to South Face to get some short pitch face shots, and maybe even drop the notorious Eagle Rock if the conditions are right. -LOGAN IMLACH
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.
Alyeska features wide-open bowls, long top-to-bottom runs and plenty of powder. Experts love North Face, one of North America’s longest continuous double black diamond runs. Outer areas like Christmas Chute and Headwall access heli-quality terrain from the Tram. The resort has two terrain parks and a super pipe.
- 11/23/11: Opening day for 2011-12 ski season
- 3/22/12-3/24/12: Chugach Open — AK-style big mountain, all-discipline comp
- 4/20/12-4/22/12: Spring Carnival & Slush Cup — Alyeska’s biggest event includes pond skim, team tug-o-war & live music
|Annual Snowfall:||650 inches at summit|
|Vertical Drop:||2,500 Lift access feet; 3,500 Hike access feet|
|Local Bars:||Sitzmark Bar & Grill (live music every weekend)|
|Number of Lifts:||6 Lifts plus 60-passenger aerial tram|
|Number of Trails:||68|
|Number of Parks/Pipes:||2 Parks / 1 Superpipe|
|Local Restaurants:||Seven Glaciers, Sakura Sushi Bar, Double Musky|
|Backcountry Access:||Hike-to terrain, closed gate policy in ski area|
|Nearest Airport:||Anchorage, Alaska (40 miles)|
|Hotels / Lodging:||The Hotel Alyeska|