It never fails. The blank and rather stunned look on people’s faces when I say, “As a matter of fact, we do have snowmaking at Alyeska.”
The fact we live along one of the most beautiful stretches of open water, located in the northern-most coastal temperate rain forest does not register for most who live outside the last frontier, no matter how well-traveled. Although there are cold spells and of course, our winter is a bit longer than most, the fact that Southcentral Alaska can be relatively mild and completely lush year-round always comes as a shock.
Luckily for those of us who spend Alaska winters sliding around on one and two planks, Mother Nature tends to be generous in her distribution of fresh powder to our neck of the woods. And when she gets temperamental, well. . . that’s when you roll out the guns.
Snowmaking is like insurance. It guarantees a fantastic start to winter no matter what Mother Nature has up her sleeve. Alaska is a state of extremes and Alyeska starts at sea level and quickly rises close to 4,000 ft. That leaves a lot of vertical terrain to cover! So, although the top of chair six is sitting pretty right now, ensconced in all this new snow, it’s good to know a snow gun can work its magic overnight and winter is right around the corner.
Opening day is November 24th at 10:30 am. See you soon.