Alaska Archives will chronicle a spring spent ski touring out of an RV around south central Alaska.
Words and photos courtesy of Zach Paley. See more on his blog.
It had been almost a month since arriving at Thompson Pass. Lee and I had spent more time hiking in this time than all the rest of winter. We were ready for some chairlifts. Friends insisted we eat at the Thai food truck in Glennallen, on our way to Alyeska.
The road past Anchorage onto the Turnagain arm treated us to an amazing sunset. In true Alaska fashion, we stopped at a roadside pull off next to the water around 9 PM and watched the sun slowly descend sideways below the horizon until almost 10:30.
The next morning we awoke to sunny skies and one of the greatest spring skiing resorts in existence. Terrain at Alyeska doesn’t get sun until the afternoon, their spring skiing hours reflect this: the resort is open 11-6. Perfect for going out all night, sleeping in, and still getting a full day of good corn and slush skiing. Dropping in above the Turnagain Arm was really cool too. It was a successful migration from Thompson Pass.