Introduction to Arctic Valley

We’re a low-key, family friendly ski area. Our relaxed atmosphere and limited capacity means no outrageous lift lines, plenty of space for everyone, friendly employees, and a community feel. Lift tickets and food are reasonably priced, so you don’t have to spend a small fortune on a family outing.

Ship Creek Valley from Arctic Valley

Terrain for all abilities

We have terrain to keep all ability levels engaged – from our beginner rope tow conveniently located just outside the lodge, to the challenging terrain off of Chair 2’s High Traverse. One of the unique aspects of Arctic Valley is our T-bar, which allows riders to unload nearly anywhere they want on their way up the mountain. Generations of kids and intermediate skiers/riders have gained confidence at Arctic Valley by pushing themselves to ride to the next tower up the lift.

Ptarmigan Bowl, between the T-bar and Chair 1

Ptarmigan Bowl (between Chair 1 and the T-bar) is groomed to provide a consistent experience for beginner and intermediate skiers. This is our best intermediate run – accessible from both lifts. For beginners, we groom an area off the left side of the T-bar that’s a perfect place for people when they graduate from the rope tow.

Lift Tickets and Hours

We offer a unique pricing structure, with the option to purchase a membership that guarantees lower ticket rates every day. Memberships come with a variety of other benefits, including discounts at our Public Use Cabin, on snow tubing tickets and free parking year round (we only charge for parking for those not purchasing a lift ticket, and during the summer).

With a $75 Regular membership, adult full day tickets are only $35! Non-member adult tickets are just $45, which is still a great value. We also offer season passes – Black Diamond memberships – for $395 for adults, and a unique family package (including 4 passes) for just $790.

Enjoying a late afternoon run off of Chair 2

We operate our lifts Saturday and Sunday, from 10:30 to about an hour before twilight. Beginning March 1st, we’ll also operate our T-bar lift Thursdays and Fridays as well, from noon to early evening (exact closing times will depend on daylight hours).

Food, beer, and fun!

Arctic Valley’s cafe offers excellent food, including flatbread pizzas, hot sandwiches, soups, and more. Our spacious lodge offers plenty of room to relax with family and friends while getting dressed, eating, or just taking a break between runs. Upstairs hosts the Afterglow beer and wine bar, with excellent views of Ptarmigan Bowl and Anchorage. We keep a full selection of local beers and ciders on tap. On the weekends, you’ll find local musicians playing in the afternoons and evenings.

Please note that our lodge operations are currently heavily modified due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Afterglow Bar post-skiing

Programs

We offer kids’ ski programs – a competitive racing program, an introductory racing program, and a freestyle ski program. These three programs provide a great introduction and way to build kids’ skill sets.

Backcountry Education at Arctic Valley

For adults, we also offer occasional introduction to backcountry skiing and backcountry skills courses for skiers and snowboarders. Check our education page for current offerings.

At this time we do not have ski/snowboard lessons.

Rentals

While Arctic Valley does not currently offer rentals, there are a few options depending on what you need: 

  • Ski AK has skis available for demo – note that this does not include boots! They also offer season-long rental packages for kids, which are a great deal.
  • Blue & Gold Boardshop offers backcountry splitboard rentals.
  • Powderhound Ski Shop in Girdwood offers full ski and snowboard rental packages.
  • Alaska Outdoor Gear Rental offers full ski and snowboard rental packages.

Snow Tubing at Arctic Valley

Some days kids are more interested in playing in the snow than skiing! Our tubing park offers an easily accessible, no skills and no gear required snowplay option for the whole family. With tickets just $16 per person ($10 for members or free with a season pass) for a 90 minute session, tubing is a great way to get outside in the winter!

Tubing at Arctic Valley

Getting to Arctic Valley

Arctic Valley is located just outside Anchorage, near JBER and Eagle River. We’re just 17 miles from downtown Anchorage, and 15 miles from downtown Eagle River. We do recommend folks have AWD/4WD vehicles, or at least front wheel drive with studs, to drive Arctic Valley Road. Click here for detailed directions to Arctic Valley.