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    andres
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    I will possibly be relocating to either the Kenai Penninsula or the Palmer area. I have found some info about shredding on the web, but it seems like info is scarce. Does anybody have any info they can share? My wife and I splitboard and would be willing to use snowmachines to access terrain. We would also likely be going to alyeska occasionally as well, hows that ski area? Is there any riding on low visibility days? It seems like a majority of alpine/above treeline terrain? Thanks.

    #596655
    el diablo
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    yeah, there is some pretty good stuff up here. i like to go down around Turnigan Pass and split up there. there is some tree riding but not a whole lot. for the open terrain it has some pretty decent contur. if you’re willing to put in the effort you can really access some great terrain, spines, cliffs, couliors, all sorts of shit. there is some backcountry up in the Palmer area that a lot of people like but i have only tried it up there once. as for alyeska, it is alright for the first few times, but i get pretty bored with it. it’s pretty much the only resort up here so it gets all the good reviews, but once i’ve ridden the entire mountain i don’t care for any more of it. everyone has their own opinion though, good luck with your move.

    #596656
    andres
    22 Posts

    Thanks El Diablo.

    #596657
    schralptowner
    176 Posts

    There is some great skiing around Palmer at Hatcher Pass. Also about an hour or so outside of town by the Matanuska Glacier you can charter cheap flights from Mike Meekens Air into the Scandinavian Glacier Hut. The round trip flight cost about $250 and the hut can be accessed thru the Alaska Mountaineering Club that has a fee of $10 a year. This fee gives you access to over 30 to 40 huts throughout the many mountain ranges Alaska has to offer. The Wrangles have endless amounts of terrain to challenge anyone looking for a good time. The sled access around Valdez and Thompson Pass offer world class terrain with easy access. Take advantage of your sleds and please post many trip reports to tease us back down here in the lower 48. Alaska RULES!

    :mrgreen:

    #596658
    el diablo
    23 Posts

    i meant to mention this earlier, but there is talk of building another ski area in Hatchers Pass which could happen in the next 5 or 6 years. also Alyeska is doing some remodeling to make the ski area larger and more family friendly and that is taking place this year.

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