Scattered voices were heard to rate today’s skiing at Mount Alyeska as the best of the season to date.
A dense mass of storm cloud took up early residence atop lift, Glacier Bowl Express, distributing small persistent flakes across the mountain’s faces via erratic, punchy gusts. Naturally, a low viz layer accompanied the incoming weather, adding that special thrill of blind-faith to runs, Gail’s Gully, Prospector, Chilkoot Ridge, and the entire span of Silvertip. But braving vertigo was well worth the reward.
Diving through ruff-house wind and occasional white out led to the trees of Silvertip Face. Tucking beside those dim shapes revealed a continuous billowed bank of cold, clean goodness that, in the closeness of the storm, seemed to lead off the ski-map and into parts unknown.
The slopes were practically empty and swirling flakes quickly filled earlier tracks, leaving fresh line reloads nearly anywhere one roamed. In summary; snow fell playfully, the terrain under ski was soft, and everyone out there shared the same grin.
Also worth smiling about is commencement of Town League, 2018. Alyeska’s weekly snow-bananza is the epitome of ski town color raced at the pace of friendly rivalry, and not to be missed.
Closing note: be sure to check Seward HWY road conditions when travelling to Girdwood and Alyeska Resort, especially during winter weather cycles.
This is Paulie, at Girdwood, advising: get out and SKI!