Winsome speculation pinned spring to be early-inbound at SC AK. Throughout the recent block of solid sun (and wind) the region had barely seen a flake to fall.
Until today, Wednesday, when Ol’ Man Winter whapped Alyeska Resort with a snowy version of pillow feathers in a box fan. Early reports, assessing the then inbound front to contain little more than a welcome 1-2 inches, were suddenly and conclusively trumped when thick cloud, swirling wind and a visibility-impairing deluge of flakes smothered Mount Alyeska and Girdwood Valley from first, through last chair. (in fact, it’s still snowing as I type)
Lifts, Aerial Tram and Glacier Bowl Express battled obnoxious winds, encouraging supposition that Lower Mountain proved the day’s best skiing, but all altitudes recieved the same healthy lather of puff. Either way, there seemed to be all of 50 people on the mountain, total. So it was all good everywhere. “Thank you Mr. Mid-Week storm.”
Piste and Off skied roundly the same with the chief dividing factor being visibility. Outer area, North Face was open–and glorious–while also open Silvertip lurked inside a meaty plug of fat cloud and remained largely untouched.
At Alyeska snow is plentiful, of medium density, and well-carpets the at-times still evident (and very firm) base layer. Lay into it, but stay frosty for the occasional surprise.
This is Paulie at Girdwood advising: get out and SKI!