GIRDWOOD, Alaska — Summer skiing is a reality this year in Girdwood, where a skiing and snowboarding website says the Alyeska Resort got more snow this winter than any other ski area in the U.S.
According to rankings from UnofficialNetworks.com, the resort got 962 inches of snow during the 2011-2012 season, while Mount Baker in Washington came in second with 800 inches. Crystal Mountain, also in Washington, got 587 inches.
A lot of that snow is still covering the mountains at Alyeska. On Friday there were several skiers and snowboarders out taking advantage of the weather. They said conditions were nice: not too warm, but sunny with plenty of snow although it was a bit uneven.
“It can be really good sometimes, but sometimes it’s bumpy and soft,” said 9-year-old Karis Short.
While the rest of the country heads to the beach or a lake to cool off, the skiers here said they have no interest in warmer weather.