Downtown Anchorage seen with the Alaska Range to the north.
Ken Graham

Alyeska Resort Welcomes Chugach Powder Guides as They Begin Cat Skiing Program

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Alyeska Resort and Chugach Powder Guides are excited to announce the beginning of cat-skiing operations on February 4, 2017. The 2016/17 ski season marks the first time in three years that Chugach Powder Guides has had lower valley conditions conducive for construction of the cat road. The construction of the cat road requires a minimum snow depth of three to five feet which Girdwood has at the lower elevations.

“In the last month, conditions have really turned on at the low elevations in the Girdwood Valley,” explains Henry Munter, CPG’s General Manager. “Our snow cat trips, which start and end at The Hotel Alyeska, get into some of the best tree-skiing in Alaska. We’re extremely excited to resume Cat Ops for the first time since 2013.”

During a typical cat skiing day, guests average 10,000 vertical feet of skiing over 8 runs. CPG cat guides draw upon a variety of terrain options to deliver a great day of skiing, including gladed trees, steep bowls, open powder fields, rock features, pillows and more.  Expected group size is 8-12 guests with two guides per snowcat group.  Snowcat guests will receive an avalanche beacon to use for the day. The cat skiing trips depart directly outside the Alyeska Resort Aerial Tramway offering great convenience for guests.

Chugach Powder Guides and Alyeska Resort have teamed up to offer a ski and stay package starting at just $299 per person/double occupancy; single person packages are available starting at $349. Included is a one night stay at The Hotel Alyeska and day out in the snow cat. To book call (907) 754-2111 or visit Alyeska Resort.com for more details. 

Chugach Powder Guides will also be starting their helicopter skiing operations this weekend and will be offering specially priced seats and room packages to kick off the season. For more information on pricing or to book, please call (907) 783-4354.