Arctic Valley Ski Area


View of Arctic Valley; John Robinson-Wilson
View of Arctic Valley; John Robinson-Wilson

Anchorage is lucky to have three downhill ski areas. Alyeska in Girdwood is a full-scale resort. Hilltop on O’Malley Road is a great place for kids and beginners. What’s the third one? It’s easily forgotten, because Arctic Valley doesn’t advertise and is far off the beaten track, but it has the highest elevation, the fluffiest powder and some of the steepest slopes around. It’s a great place for experienced skiers, and some of the folks who run it as a private non-profit organization are definitely that. Also, their club has been around almost 80 years. On the next show, we’ll learn about Arctic Valley, the changes happening there, and why you might want to go and try it out this winter.


HOST: Charles Wohlforth


  • John Robinson-Wilson, General Manager at Arctic Valley and Second Vice President on the board of directors
  • Beverly Luedke-Chan, board member and Treasurer for Arctic Valley


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BROADCAST: Thursday, December 08, 2016. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, December 15, 2016. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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