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anybody has experience with alyeska in march??

isn't very cold
are the days allready long?
any other info

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Skied that mountain for many years, to try and describe what you will have is tough.  You ski from sea level to above timberline in the same run so it is really hard to pinpoint.  Being coastal doesn't make it any easier either.  Go, it is a medium sized ski area that skis like a whole mountain range.  Water repellent and layered is the order for clothing.  Remember March's that were -20 and some +40, be ready for any of it.

March will have weather and snow at Alyeska.  Equinox works just the same in AK, so plenty of daylight, 21st or so there will be 12 hrs of daylight, 12 hrs dark. The locals did some great partys on the 21st. 

Have skied there in March when it was: brutal cold, raining sideways, nuking snow, spectacularly sunny.  (The next day was totally different.)  You are starting from sea level so you can have anything for weather, but the snow conditions are assured, there will be snow and it will be varied conditions.  When cloudy the lower mt is often wet snow or even rain, but the upper mt gets snow (light to heavy it all varies with temps).  Expect flat light, you could get nothing but bluebird, but expect flat.

Don't know many people upper intermediate or above that did not love it, not a great beginners mountain though.  It is unique to N. America, and it does have personality.  Enjoy it!
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 I'd say March is the best time to visit. The weather is usually good. The snow is usually deep. The outer areas are usually open (some truly amazing stuff sometimes). The light is back. The scenery is amazing. Not much not to like. 
Stranger is right in saying you could have bad weather, because that is always true. But March is safer than January (could be foggy) or April (it can rain). Bad weather in March usually means it is dumping snow.
You don't say anything about your ability. Alyeska is not really well set up for cruisers looking to spend a ski week. It's just too small for that.  But it is a remarkable hill for good skiers able to ski what it offers. The skiing is mostly above tree line and your lines are whatever you choose.
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As Girdwood said, a great time. If you can set up some Cat or Heli Skiing, do so. As great as the pics of Alaska are..it is amazing in person. 
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 Yes. March is prime time for cat or heli skiing as well. Both can be arranged by the day right in Girdwood at Chugach Powder Guides.
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 Yes. March is prime time for cat or heli skiing as well. Both can be arranged by the day right in Girdwood at Chugach Powder Guides.


Is Glacier Tours still running cats out of Hatchers Pass? 
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Not sure, but I don't think so. I never have gone with them and haven't heard about them lately.
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thank you very much, especially stranger, gird and philip....
i usualy ski wherever is tougher, skied las lenas, valle nevada, austria, jackson, big sky , kicking h, revelstoke. the steeper + deeper the better for me
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thank you very much, especially stranger, gird and philip....
i usualy ski wherever is tougher, skied las lenas, valle nevada, austria, jackson, big sky , kicking h, revelstoke. the steeper + deeper the better for me
Your going to like Alyeska  !
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thanks averyone for input about alyeska
one of my best trip ever!!!!!
nailed the weather: single digs up to max 14degrees
one day 10" another 10", another 40(!) "  and heli skiing on 60" of fresh!!!!!!!!
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Wow... you really hit the jackpot!!! Nice!!!

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So, you got pics?
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thanks averyone for input about alyeska
one of my best trip ever!!!!!
nailed the weather: single digs up to max 14degrees
one day 10" another 10", another 40(!) "  and heli skiing on 60" of fresh!!!!!!!!


Geeezum, what a trip to remember.!!
Edited by Sugaree - 3/29/10 at 6:01pm
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