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Alyeska has received 714 inches of snow this winter. That’s right, 714 inches. That means when it snows, it dumps. While you’re here, plan on getting face shots. In this photo: Candy Froerer samples Alyeska’s finest powder.
Alyeska has received 24 inches in the past 24 hours. And did we mention they’ve had 714 inches this year? In this photo: Corky Still.
There aren’t many ski areas where you can see a body of water from the top of the mountain. Alyeska is one of those. On a clear day, enjoy the view of the Turnagain Arm.
Before you go skiing, head to The Bake Shop, located downstairs of the Sitzmark Bar, and fuel yourself with their all-you-can-eat Alaskan sourdough pancakes. For $8, you can ask for as many refills as you can handle. They also serve baseball-mit-sized sticky buns, scrambled eggs, and more. For lunch, ask for their bottomless, homemade soup with a bun. In this photo: Corky Still on his first plate of pancakes at The Bake Shop.
This is Alaska, after all. Be prepared for steep, long pitches. The good news: The mountain is basically at sea level (the base elevation is at 250 feet) so you don’t have to worry about high-altitude problems. And you can hike and ski all day with lungs like a superhero. In this photo: Dave Magoffin takes an air near Alyeska’s Christmas Chute.
Because it’s light so late in the day, you can ski until 8 p.m. in daylight, and then keep skiing until 9 p.m. under the lights at Alyeska. They run Chair 1 until 9 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturday, which lets you access not just groomers, but also short, steep pitches, pillow lines, and mini hucks directly under the chair. Plus, a night-skiing lift ticket costs just $35. In this photo: Shaun Raskin and Paige Brady embrace the storm while riding Alyeska’s Chair 1 at around 8 p.m.
When you’re done skiing, meet your friends for a pint of Alaskan ale at the Sitzmark, one of the best ski-resort bars we’ve been to. There’s a stuffed moose head on the wall, live bands on weekends, and thick-cut sweet potato fries.
The chairlifts don’t open at Alyeska until 10:30 a.m., which means you can sleep in and still nab first chair. While you’re there, book a room at the slopeside Hotel Alyeska, which has a massive pool and hot tub and tasty seafood chowder in the bar.