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The Best Ski Areas In Alaska
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The Best Ski Areas In Alaska

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Updated: 9 February 2017
A magnificent state of the US known for its dramatic and varied terrain of wide-open spaces, mountains and forests, Alaska is home to some of the most scenic places in the world. Here is a list of the best places to ski in Alaska which boast incredible landscapes.
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Girdwood

A cozy mountain town in the heart of Alaska surrounded by forest and the peaks of the Chugach mountain range, Girdwood boasts beautiful vistas and a rich history. With perfect weather conditions and a large average annual snow fall, this popular ski resort creates the ideal environment for outdoor sports. Described as a majestic town, Girdwood aims to maintain a sense of community and belonging. With nearby accommodation and an impressive range of cafés, bars and restaurants, Girdwood provides tourists with the perfect holiday.

Price: mid-range to luxury

Opening hours: check with venue

Watch out for: cozy rentals providing beautifully decorated bedrooms and living areas

Girdwood, Anchorage, Alaska, +1 907 331 6366

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Alyeska Resort

Situated near three national parks, the Chugach mountains and the Kenai Peninsula, Alyeska Resort is a magnificent place for skiing, and boasts a large range of other activities and facilities. With the longest continuous double black diamond ski run in North America, Alyeska Resort is the ultimate skiing establishment. Described as a premier year-round resort destination, Alyseka Resort proudly displays modern décor with rich Native influences.

Price: mid-range to luxury

Opening hours: 9.30am-9:30pm

Watch out for: the resort’s spa offering the perfect wind down after a day of skiing

1000 Arlberg Avenue, Girdwood, Alaska, +1 800 880 3880

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Eaglecrest

Located in the high desert of Central Oregon, this scenic skiing resort is nearby to the Cascade Mountains and a beautiful park, giving it an impressive location. With a newly renovated spa and a luxury lodge, Eaglecrest has a great climate for skiing with minimum rainfall and over 300 days of sunshine per year. Offering a range of cafés, a golf course, horseback riding and a stunning outdoor pool, Eaglecrest provides the ultimate sporting experience.

Price: mid-range to luxury

Opening hours: 8am-10pm

Watch out for: The Silverleaf Café which offers a succulent range of breakfast dishes

3000 Fish Creek Road, Juneau, Alaska, +1 907 790 2000

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Hilltop Ski Area

Offering excellent skiing lessons, this small yet cozy skiing resort is also situated in Anchorage near the Chugach Mountains, and offers tourists an exhilarating outdoors experience. Also offering a variety of trails and a golf course, Hilltop Ski Area hosts several tournaments throughout the year, and boasts magnificent views of the scenic state of Alaska. Described as a cozy skiing establishment, Hilltop Ski Area is perfect for tourists hoping to have a quieter outdoors experience.

Price: mid-range

Opening hours: office Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Watch out for: the piece of land which has been described as the best lawn in the state

7015 Abbott Rod, Anchorage, Alaska, +1 907 346 1446

Hilltop Ski Area | © Xnatedawgx/Wikicommons
Hilltop Ski Area | © Xnatedawgx/Wikicommons

Mendenhall Glacier

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Mendenhall Glacier

A huge glacier around 13.6 miles long in the heart of the glacier of Mendenhall, this skiing area offers an impressive 38 major glaciers and magnificent blue icebergs, as well as a forest and a range of mountains, creating an admirable landscape. With several trails, waterfalls and salmon streams, Mendenhall Glacier is also home to a varied wildlife including black bears, bald eagles and porcupines, making it the ideal place to visit for skiing enthusiasts hoping to catch a glimpse of Alaska’s incredible mammals.

Price: mid-range to luxury

Opening hours: visitor center 8am-7.30pm

Watch out for: the moist rainforest and the shore of Mendenhall Lake

Mendenhall Valley, Alaska, +1 907 789 0097

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Mendenhall Glacier | © Joseph/Flickr
Mendenhall Glacier | © Joseph/Flickr