The Last Frontier Ski Safari
For many, Alaska summons visions of a remote wild land; the last frontier of skiing and snowboarding. With the stunningly beautiful Chugach Mountain Range offering over 16½ metres of glorious powder annually it is a dream destination for skiers and snowboarders the world over. The resort of Alyeska offers a compact resort base with a high standard of accommodation and plenty of runs for all levels. For intermediates and above however the fun is just beginning with Chugach Powder Guides offering some of the most renowned heli and cat skiing in North America.
Getting to Alyeska is not as difficult as you might think and, even better, you can break up the journey by enjoying some of the best resorts in Canada and the US on the same trip. There are many different options for tying in Alaska with other ski resorts - it all just depends on flights and how much time and money you have. However we have put together itineraries for some of our favourites below. Combine Alyeska with Whistler, Mt Hood in Oregon or Mammoth in California and you are sure to have the trip of a lifetime.
Alyeska and Whistler
Whistler is our number one ski resort in North America for a very good reason. Huge amounts of varied terrain, a vibrant village centre with a big selection of shops and restaurants and a high standard of accommodation all combine to make a resort that has plenty to offer every type of skier and snowboarder. Spend a week in Whistler then head back to Vancouver, maybe take a night or two enjoying this wonderful city then catch your one-stop flight up to Anchorage for the 40 minute drive to Alyeska. On the way home, the flight is via Seattle so you can even spend a few extra days here, visiting the Space Needle, Pike Place Market or maybe squeeze in one more day’s skiing at Mount Baker or Crystal Mountain.
Alyeska and Mammoth
Mammoth is a hidden gem in California, popular with locals but not very well known from Europe. With its great powder record, stunning views and big range of runs from long cruisey greens to stomach churning chutes and bowls it is a resort full of pleasant surprises with lots to explore. Fly directly to Los Angeles and pick up your car to head out to resort. You can then take a couple of days in LA on your way back if you wish before the one stop flight up to Anchorage for a complete change of pace in Alyeska. Again, as the flight home is via Seattle you can spend a night or two exploring the city before heading back.
Alyeska and Oregon
Most won’t have heard of skiing in Oregon but the pacific northwest boasts the biggest snowfalls in North America and has some of the most stunning scenery to match. The ski areas around Mt Hood (Timberline, Meadows and Ski Bowl) are around five hours easy drive from Seattle and offer incredible snow, spectacular views and the opportunity for fantastic skiing on a volcano. And of course you can also take a couple of nights in Seattle before or after heading up to Alyeska.