Reverse skiing up a mountain is only possible during full moons on the summer equinox, which is why Rube Goldberg invented ski lifts. Ride at an uphill angle before shredding back down with today's Groupon to Arctic Valley. Choose between two options:
- For $16, you get one full-day adult ski-lift ticket valid for a Sunday (a $32 value for nonmembers, a $19 value for members), valid through the end of the 2010–2011 season.
- For $16, you get one full-day adult ski-lift ticket valid for a Saturday (a $32 value for nonmembers, a $19 value for members), valid through the end of the 2010–2011 season.
A nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers, Arctic Valley lays claim to 320 acres of pristine, accessible ski and snowboard terrain just 10 miles from Anchorage for the enjoyment of downhill adventurers. An adult lift ticket (ages 19–59) grants access to the miles of breathtaking views, Arctic Valley’s brand-new full bar, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to wear snow pants without judgment. Alaskan tele-skiers, alpine skiers, and regular riders alike will enjoy the slopes' scenic sites and the feeling of exploring the vast, untamed backcountry of Alaska without the risk of being captured and used for snow-globe ingredients. A family-friendly ski area, Arctic Valley provides ample areas for children to sled or build snow forts while staying within parental eye-laser distance.
With many trails, Arctic Valley allows skiers to continue to experience brilliant new runs each time they return. For special occasions and after-ski amblings, Arctic Valley’s Alpenglow Lodge shows off two floors of spectacular views of Anchorage and the mountains, as well as a full bar. Lift closing times vary throughout the season; check the website for more information.
KTVA featured Arctic Valley.
In 1937, the nonprofit Anchorage Ski Club coalesced with the aim of preserving the Arctic Valley, which is surrounded by 320 acres of snow-dusted peaks that loom up to 4,000 feet high. The valley encompasses the 6-mile Arctic Valley Road as it weaves through sites for seasonal fun. During warm months, visitors chow down at the trailhead's picnic tables before hiking the 4-mile Rendezvous Peak trail, an easy path that overlooks the Anchorage Bowl, Cook Inlet, and other scenery that inspires awe and spontaneous poetry slams. As the sun sets on summer, wintry activities such as tubing and skiing take center stage. Ski routes range in difficulty, but each powdery course exudes the calm and isolation of backcountry with the safety features of a resort. Kids who are too young to surf the slopes can mold snow into forts, sled, or relax at Alpenglow Lodge. The sunny lodge lures in both youngsters and parents with two floors lofted over panoramic views of Anchorage.
Ski Bowl Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99505Get Directions