Arctic Valley Ski Area

A great ski area with a family-friendly environment

Arctic Valley appeals to the Alaskan tele-skier, alpine skier, or rider who wants to feel like they are in the backcountry, but with the safety and convenience of a ski area. Families enjoy the area because it is safe and not crowded, so kids stay in sight and don’t get lost.  Children who are not skiing yet build snow forts and enjoy the other kid-friendly activities that parents provide in the sunny, comfortable lodge.  A convenient alternative to the backcountry, we are also being discovered by a new generation of skiers and boarders.  Arctic Valley is very affordable, making it realistic to run up the mountain and ski for just a few hours.

All this is just 10 miles from downtown Anchorage!

Fresh tracks all day!  

We have more fresh tracks!  Due to the weekend-only schedule, those of us who have to work during the week have a chance to get fresh tracks at Arctic Valley if there has been weekday snowfall.  Also, the large acreage (500 plus acres) provides enough room for everyone to have their own slice of the mountain.

We’ve expanded our grooming capabilities with the purchase of a winch groomer in 2016. Portions of Ptarmigan Bowl next to the T-bar are regularly groomed in the winter, with additional grooming elsewhere dependent on snow quality.

To preserve the guest experience, Arctic Valley limits the number of tickets sold on any given day – we recommend purchasing in advance for a quicker and smoother experience when you arrive.

See our skiing photo gallery!

Rental options

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.

Tube Park

Come check out the tube park as it is a great family-friendly weekend activity.

Hours of Operation: Thursday to Sunday through early April.

The tube park operates four daily sessions on Thursdays and Fridays and five daily sessions on Saturdays and Sundays. Each session will allow a limited number of riders access to the tube park for as many runs as can be completed during that time period. Currently, the rider limit is 60 (50 large and 10 small tubes). Check out our Tube Park page for more information.

Backcountry Recreation

There are several areas for backcountry skiing and travel that may be accessed from the Arctic Valley Trailhead. The most popular area is the north side of Toklat Creek, where several good runs exist on the south-facing slopes of Mt Gordon-Lyon. Arctic Valley maintains a groomed trail up the valley from the top of the tube park to the top of Toklat Creek. Everything to the south of this trail is part of the ski area, and uphill travel is not allowed.

Backcountry areas are not patrolled or monitored for avalanche conditions. Travel is at your own risk; follow avalanche-terrain travel practices.