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Terrain Parks - Alyeska

Rider's Guide

The home of the World Extreme Snowboard Championships, the Chugach Mountains receive between 600 and 900 inches of that great white powder so that there is always virgin snow to slice through. Alyeska gets a completely mind-blowing 782 inches per year, has nine lifts including a high-speed quad to take over 10,000 people per hour to the top, 68 trails with a longest run of 10,560 feet. The runs are rated 11 percent for beginners, 52 percent intermediate, and 37 percent advanced. Alpenglow gets 250 inches per year, and has four lifts, 25 trails, and a longest run of 4,545 feet. The runs are rated 20 percent for beginner, 50 percent intermediate and 30 percent advanced.

Parks and Pipes

Alpenglow has the first Terrain Park in south-central Alaska with kickers and rails to play on. Dean Cummings H2O Heli Guides and Alaska Backcountry Adventures are two of the services to contact to make the arrangements to experience the most astounding mountain vistas you've ever imagined while flying to the ultimate snowboard ride in history.

Out of Bounds

Anchorage is the launch point for all your Alaskan adventures from dog sledding to tandem paragliding to snowcatting, as well as fjord and wildlife tours. The Columbia and Meares Glacier Cruise on the crystal clear waters of Prince William Sound will take you to two of the continent's most amazing glaciers where you'll witness the neon-turquoise color of truly pure ice.

Hangout & Hookup

In Alyeska, The Aurora Bar and Lounge in the Hotel Alyeska has a fun, lively atmosphere and the Sitzmark Bar has live bands weekend nights during ski season. For après ski, head to the Double Musky and Chair 5 taverns. However, if you are looking for blowouts, you're 40 miles away from Anchorage's great bars. If you're a country music fan, go to Last Frontier Bar or Buckaroo Club. For ear-splitting rock and dancing try Chilkoot Charlie’s, with two stages, six bars, and about 30 beers on tap. The ladies have their pick as the men outnumber the women by a fair number. Check out Mr. Whitekeys’ Fly by Night Club for Spam appetizers the crazy "Christmas in Spenard" show. Unfortunately Whitekeys closes in January for the rest of the winter.