Tucked away in the Chugach Mountains, Alyeska strikes the ideal balance: big-mountain skiing in a friendly, down-home local.Girdwood, Alaska, population 2,000, is the kind of place where you make friends without trying. Nestled at the base of Mt. Alyeska, it's so small that if you spend a few days, you keep running into the same people; so small that it didn't have electricity until the late Fifties; so small that the postmaster knows everyone by name. And yet this sleepy little town that you can pass through without even realizing it is home to a world-class (if unknown) ski resort.
There's a reason Utah's snow is envied all around the world, and if you're lucky, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides will show you the light.
Published: December 2004
Leave it to me to book a ski trip right at the end of the weirdest three weeks of early March weather that anyone in Utah can recall. It's been intensely warm for days, with temperatures climbing well past 70 in Salt Lake City. The Wasatch Mountain snowpack has been rendered an unsafe mush, and when it's not, high winds and poor visibility make it unsafe to fly. The Wasatch Powerbirds have been doing very little flying lately.