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This web site is a skiers' resource  for exploring Southcentral Alaska on cross country skis.  Check the ski trip links above for ideas of where to ski backcountry winter trails and crust skiing venues.  Check the weather links below to determine what the ski conditions will likely be where you want to go skiing.  Be safe, have fun ... and ski as much as you can!


~  Weather Links  ~

South of Anchorage

Bird Point road cam and weather data Portage Lake Visitors Center webcam
Borealis Broadband Potter Marsh weigh station webcam Portage Road intersection webcam (where you can park to ski the Placer River Valley, click here: for temp and wind)
    Tunnel to Whittier cams in Bear Valley, shows cloud cover  at Portage Lake (click here for temp and wind: )
Whittier FAA webcams Whittier Cliffside Marina webcams
Whittier/ Passage Canal marine weather Prince William Sound tides Western Prince William Sound marine weather
Weather forecast (Western Prince William Sound) Alyeska Resort snow and weather conditions Alyeska Resort webcams
Turnagain Pass hourly telemetry data Turnagain Pass snow depth graph Turnagain Pass webcams
CNFAIC weather data: Turnagain Arm to Sterling Hwy Seattle Ridge (Turnagain Pass) CNFAIC weather data
    Grandview hourly temp and wind data
Summit Lake weather conditions and webcam views Summit Lake hourly weather data (good for Manitoba Mountain & Mills Creek)
Cooper Landing FAA webcam Moose Pass hourly weather data
Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center Sunburst Webcam (view north to Tincan, Center Ridge below) Moose Pass FAA webcam

In and to the East of Anchorage

Greater Anchorage area Mesonet weather map Anchorage weather forecast
    Anchorage Hillside and Turnagain Arm  forecast
Borealis Broadband Webcam Multiview of Anchorage and surrounding areas Glen Alps webcam
Borealis Broadband webcam on top of Denali Towers North - view of the Western Chugach front range Arctic Valley Chair 2 weather station data
Borealis Broadband webcam at Arctic Valley    
Southcentral AK weather radar Chugach Mountains webcam - Flattop Anchorage tide tables (tides above 30' will flood  the tidal flats)
Alaska DOT Road Weather cams and weather data map for Greater Anchorage (click on the site you are interested in) Borealis Broadband Lake Hood webcam, shows Western Chugach Mountain cloud cover to the east
Indian Pass hourly weather data, this site is at the high point on the Arctic Valley to Indian traverse Eklutna Lake (the AMBCS "MORAINE" station, 1000 feet above the lake on the Bold Ridge Trail, 5 miles down the lake)

North of Anchorage

Hatcher Pass Lodge webcam and weather data Gold Cord Mine (Hatcher Pass) weather data.
Hatcher Pass MP 15 webcam Marmot Ridge webcam
Skeetawk webcams    
View east of cloud cover over Western Chugach, MP 24, Glenn Highway, Thunderbird Falls View east of cloud cover over Twin Peaks, MP 31.1, Glenn Highway, Knik River Flats
NOAA hourly weather observations (Select site: Willow, Sutton, Butte) Palmer FAA webcam (views of cloud cover over Talkeena Mountains and Knik Valley)
Matanuska Valley weather Susitna Valley weather
Parks Highway (near Big Lake) webcam, temp and wind: Willow FAA webcam
Big Lake Trails     Willow West Gateway Trails Deshka Landing
Mid-Valley Trails Friends of Yentna Curry Ridge Riders Trails Denali Nordic Ski Club
Willow weather (also good for Nancy Lakes, west side of Hatcher Pass) Su Valley High School (at start of Talkeena Spur Road) hourly weather data and snow depth
Talkeetna weather (also good for Sheep Creek, Trapper Creek) Parks Highway / Talkeetna Road webcam views, temp and wind
K2 Aviation webcam in Talkeetna FAA Talkeetna webcam
Cantwell weather forecast Broad Pass (Summit) FAA webcam
Alaska DOT RoadWeather webcams at Gunsight Mtn, shows what conditions are like near Sheep Mountain, Majestic Valley and Eureka FAA webcams at Sheep Mountain (Lion's Head) ...  and Tahneta Pass
Chickaloon FAA webcam Sheep Mountain weather/ Copper River Basin forecast
Lake Louise weather/ Copper River Basin forecast Lake Louise Lodge webcam and weather forecast
Paxson weather forecast Paxson FAA webcam

West of Anchorage

Borealis Broadband Mount Susitna webcam Knik, Alaska airport - FAA webcams

Statewide Weather Information

NOAA Alaska snow depth map Map of FAA web cams around the State of Alaska (site list)
State of Alaska, Department of Transportation, RoadWeather camera and weather data site-map    
USDA snowpack map EarthWindMap ... coolest weather map on the Internet

A Few Places to Backcountry XC Ski In Alaska ...

For information on most of the skiing sites mentioned below, and on many other skiing sites ... use the search feature of this web site to find more infomation.

Kenai Peninsula

Placer River Valley Spencer Lake at the end of the Placer River Valley Grandview Valley
Turnagain Pass Center Creek Valley Twentymile Valley Grandview Valley
Johnson Pass Portage Lake Portage Lake

Western Chugach Mountains

South Fork Eagle River Eagle River Peters Creek Valley Glen Alps South Fork Eagle River

Susitna Valley

Willow Trail Committee Trails Curry Ridge Riders Trails Susitna Valley Winter Trail

Talkeetna Mountains

Dogsled Pass Bald Mountain Hatcher Pass to Houston or Willow Trail to Mint Hut

Matanuska Valley and Copper River Basin

Boulder Creek The Denali Highway Gravel Creek

Fairbanks Area

White Mountains Yukon Quest Trail

Northern Alaska

North Slope Brooks Range Kobuk Valley

Western Alaska

Iditarod Trail Kuskokwim River


Western Susitna Valley

Skiing the north ridge of Mount Susitna, February 2005 - click here   And March 2009 - click here.

Skiing a circle around Mt. Susitna (March 2010) - click here.

Prince William Sound

If you want to try some unique spring skiing, especially in May or June, try Prince William Sound out of Whittier.  You can get their by private boat or commercial water taxis can drop you off and pick you up.  There are also guiding companies that can take you spring skiing in PWS.  Or you can kayak out to ski if you have the time.  When the weather is nice in the Sound, skiing there is spectacular.  Here are some pictures of skiing in PWS:
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The Colin-ator churns up a ridge high above Three Fingers Cove off Cochrane Bay. Skating above Cochrane Bay.  Noon and 70 degrees F. Sweet summer shredding (June 21st)!   From winter to summer - ski to the sea ... and then jump in!   Wow guy!  That sure is one sickly looking "Alaska Tan" !!

May & June Prince William Sound skiing pictures below:

Harriman Fiord

Three Fingers Cove (below)

Derickson Bay (above)  Culross Island (below)
PWS locals ...

Click on the picture above for 2006 Culross Island skiing pictures.

Click here to see a 2007 video of skiing at Culross Island.

(Above) Skiing east of McClure Bay in mid-June 2010.