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40 inches of new snow!!!!

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I was just checking out snow reports from around the country and saw that Alyeska was reporting 33-40 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours.  That is a hell of a lot of snow and enough to make me want to move to Alaska.
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I wonder if my friends got snowed in at Valdez? They are on a 4 day heli trip they WON last year and could barely fly into Valdez on Wednesday.
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Originally Posted by cstreu1026 View Post

I was just checking out snow reports from around the country and saw that Alyeska was reporting 33-40 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours.  That is a hell of a lot of snow and enough to make me want to move to Alaska.

Not to be a buzz kill, but the base area at Alyeska is 440 ft.above sea level, so we are not talking Utah quality "cold smoke."  They have some good skiing at Alyeska, but the snow tends to have a very high water content, so it is heavy, or gets that way very quickly. Plus you have the darkness factor.

I was at Alyeska a few years ago when they had a 30" dump, and it was some pretty good deep snow skiing, but you may want to do a little more homework before packing your bags to move.
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Compared to the midwest it's got to be an improvement.
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My buds made it back from Valdez. They only got one helicopter ride in 4 days, but were skiing fresh by cat every day. The terrain was mild compared to what they wanted to ski, but they didn't complain

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Lots of white out conditions as it was snowing and blowing all the time until the last moment when they had 2 hours to catch the plane and they got the one heli ride.

Marty was pretty keen on the Costco points card for VHC, too. He thought it would be a good deal even if you just rode the cat.
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When storm tracks start nuking at Alyeska, it can get wild.  The 3' to 4' dump is pretty much an annual thing there, some winters you will get several.  More than once saw the mountain closed till they got a Cat up top to dig out the liftlines (you rode up part of the way through a trench).  No it is not Utah snow and the bottom 500' will suck, but the top 2500' can be astounding. 

Come March 21st there are 12 hours of daylight, and growing rapidly.  By late April you get like 17 hours of daylight, and some fine spring skiing.  If you spend much time here you will learn to:  dress dry, handle flat light, ski loose snow. 

Worth putting on the bucket list.
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so jelous i need to get over there!!
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