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I live in fairbanks Alaska and we are lucky enough to have three small ski areas within a 30 minute drive of town, each place has a very different aspect.. keep in mind that we dont actually get a lot of snowfall in the winter, maybe 30-40 inches. This last winter we opened 3 weeks early on the second weekend of November, but closed a week early because we ran out of snow.. it hadn't snowed a significant amount since before the new year.

The first to close is Birch Hill on Ft Wainwright, it has snow making but is entirely south facing. It tends to close by the end of March because the snow melts under the 12+ hours of sunlight. The second to close is Moose Mountain (where I patrol) we tend to get to the first weekend of April before the snow is totally shot and we have bare spots going across entire runs, the road that our repurposed school bus "lifts" drives on also turns into a giant mud ball and makes it darn near impossible for the busses to make the 10 minute drive to the top. The last place to close, sometimes as late as early may is Ski Land, they are entirely north facing and are spared the direct sunlight that murders the snow.

Unfortunally for skiing in Fairbanks, the city typically plows and clears the bike paths last week of March. Once that happens, attendance at the ski areas drops by about 60% with pretty much only the patrol and season pass holders enjoying the spring snow.
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I live in fairbanks Alaska and we are lucky enough to have three small ski areas within a 30 minute drive of town, each place has a very different aspect.. keep in mind that we dont actually get a lot of snowfall in the winter, maybe 30-40 inches. This last winter we opened 3 weeks early on the second weekend of November, but closed a week early because we ran out of snow.. it hadn't snowed a significant amount since before the new year.

The first to close is Birch Hill on Ft Wainwright, it has snow making but is entirely south facing. It tends to close by the end of March because the snow melts under the 12+ hours of sunlight. The second to close is Moose Mountain (where I patrol) we tend to get to the first weekend of April before the snow is totally shot and we have bare spots going across entire runs, the road that our repurposed school bus "lifts" drives on also turns into a giant mud ball and makes it darn near impossible for the busses to make the 10 minute drive to the top. The last place to close, sometimes as late as early may is Ski Land, they are entirely north facing and are spared the direct sunlight that murders the snow.

Unfortunally for skiing in Fairbanks, the city typically plows and clears the bike paths last week of March. Once that happens, attendance at the ski areas drops by about 60% with pretty much only the patrol and season pass holders enjoying the spring snow.


Difficult to imagine that even in Alaska the skiing makes place to cycling at the end of March. And what about Alyeska ?

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Alyeska is about 400 miles south by road from Fairbanks and they get wayyyyy more snow that we get in the interior of the state. Their season lasted from November 26th thru April 17th this year, I was down there in February for a long weekend and it was puking snow at the top and raining from mid mountain down.. top had like a 10ft base.. bottom had 3 inches of man made slush and no snow off of the slopes. That's pretty much how the majority of their season went last year and this year.
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Alyeska is about 400 miles south by road from Fairbanks and they get wayyyyy more snow that we get in the interior of the state. Their season lasted from November 26th thru April 17th this year, I was down there in February for a long weekend and it was puking snow at the top and raining from mid mountain down.. top had like a 10ft base.. bottom had 3 inches of man made slush and no snow off of the slopes. That's pretty much how the majority of their season went last year and this year.


Yes, mid-mountain  Alyeska averages 78% of the snowfall of top of lift service.  But it was 37% last year and 50% this year.   Those are red flags for excessive rain on the lower mountain.  The marquee terrain on the North Face was not open very often the last 2 seasons.

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Yup! Made me quite sad that I have not been able to ski any of the gate access parts of Alyeska during my annual February trips in the last couple years.
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I give it up to rest up for May, June, July, and August  :)

 

Today on Palmer:

 

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I give it up to rest up for May, June, July, and August  smile.gif

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And where do you ski in September ?
post #129 of 136

Has puzzled me for years. Skiers will pack one WROD (Colorado especially) in November or early December.

Yet in April and May many areas close with 100% of terrain open due to almost no skiers.

 

:duck:

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Last day for me was last Friday (May 27) at Killington. Had a blast and the skiing was great - at least for me. Spring was the best part of the season as far as I am concerned.

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Last day for me was last Friday (May 27) at Killington. Had a blast and the skiing was great - at least for me. Spring was the best part of the season as far as I am concerned.


Kudos for KIllington for staying open that late during this terrible for NE season . Many western resorts killed the skiing long time ago.

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The skiing on Independence Pass has been great and should last a while. And for those who simply must ride lifts Aspen Mtn. is open again this weekend.

It's not easy deciding whether to ski or mtb or kayak on any given day. This is a good time of year.

jl
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Not good at posting pics and vid


Superstar? 

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