ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Southcentral Alaska has seen a slow but steady blanket of snow over the last week, keeping ski areas in the region topped off and ready for new visitors.
Alyeska Resort reported strong skiing conditions Friday, as snowfall tapered off but left deep powder on the slopes.
- Temperatures of 32, 29 and 25 degrees were reported at the base, middle and top of the mountain, which had 24, 46 and 80 inches of snow respectively. The entire mountain has received 1 additional inch of snow Friday.
- Winds were blowing to 5 mph with overcast skies opening up to blue sky.
- Chairlifts were open until 5:30 p.m., with no night skiing. Off-trail grooming was reported as great.
Hilltop Ski Area says it’s open Friday during normal winter hours from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Temperatures were reported at 26 degrees with overcast skies and little or no wind.
- All runs at the ski area are currently open.
- No new snow is reported, with trails groomed.
Arctic Valley Ski Area reports that it’s almost ready to open, although its snow pack was disturbed by the recent storm. While the ski area remains closed, officials are planning for a Dec. 17 opening if weather permits.