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|Headwall Summit:||3,939 ft|
|Headwall Vertical:||3,200 ft|
|Ski area:||1500 acr|
|Base Depth:||89 in|
|Snow 24hr:||0 in|
|Snow 7day:||45 in|
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Alyeska is the largest resort in the state of Alaska and is located at the town of Girdwood on the Southwestern facing coast of Alaska, twenty seven miles from the city of Anchorage. The scenery is spectacular on the drive up to the mountain as well as the views from on the mountain. The local mountain ranges, forests and surrounding ocean are a breathtaking combination.
Although the mountain is relatively low in elevation, there is no shortage of snow at this latitude. The upper elevations receive on average 650 inches of snow a year at the summit and receiving 512 inches of snow a year at mid-mountain. The low elevation does allow one to catch one's breath the first day out if traveling from a residence at a lower elevation.
Alyeska is considered to be a challenging mountain with a large percentage of expert runs.
As with many mountains, the easy runs are at the bottom. The terrain becomes steeper and more challenging as one rises in elevation.
Easy "Blue" trail: "Spoonline"
Intermediate "Blue" run: Upper Bowl "Silvertip Face"
Wide open glacial bowl ski runs are accommodating to the beginner and intermediate skiers.
Chair lift four can take you to chair six for some wide open terrain in "Upper Bowl" or ski the blues and blacks accessible by four.
The prime, lift accessible, advanced terrain is off of chair 1 and the tram on "North Face".
A steep run with lots of breadth: "Knuckles" double black diamond run on North Face
Advanced terrain through the trees and natural rock formations.
View looking up to "Lolo's" (between the tram and Chair 1)
Howl at the moon or at the hike to get to the top of Headwall
Chilkoots Knoll and Headwall are the only reasonable hike accessible areas. Note that the boundary is enforced. Stay in-bounds. Outside of the Alyeska resort one can hike terrain down the road just past Girdwood (pick a mountain). Turnagain Arm and Valley have terrain just like Alyeska and will most likely already have skin tracks. It is very dangerous if you are not familiar with the snow conditions and it seems that people die each year in a slide.
There are three terrain park areas to choose from:
Terrain park: "Pump Station 3"
Terrain park: "Refinery"
A hand plant at sunset (midnight at summer camp)
Glacier Bowl is the site of the Alyeska summer camp. All of the park features are relocated to the bowl area for long days of riding (remember it's the land of the midnight sun).
There are two base areas, one is "The Hotel Alyeska" at the foot of the tram and chair 7 while the other is the "Day Lodge" and Sitzmark Bar & Grill at the foot of Chair 1, Chair 4 and Tanaka lifts.
Basic mountain supplies are available in the hotel shops.
The Hotel Alyeska