THE CHUGACH MOUNTAINS

Geologically smiled upon, the Chugach Mountains jut out of the North Pacific Ocean at improbably steep angles. Between the endless array of peaks, ridges, and glaciers, lie endless couloirs, natural halfpipes and frozen waves, wide-open faces, powder-filled bowls, and scenic glacier runs.

The magnitude is unbelievable.

Most descents are around 3,500 vertical feet, but some runs are twice that. Mount Dimond, the sparkling gem in our backyard, serves up over 5,500 vertical feet. And there are even higher peaks deeper in the Chugach Range!

Geologically smiled upon, the Chugach Mountains jut out of the North Pacific Ocean at improbably steep angles. Between the endless array of peaks, ridges, and glaciers, lie endless couloirs, natural halfpipes and frozen waves, wide-open faces, powder-filled bowls, and scenic glacier runs.

The magnitude is unbelievable.

Most descents are around 3,500 vertical feet, but some runs are twice that. Mount Dimond, the sparkling gem in our backyard, serves up over 5,500 vertical feet. And there are even higher peaks deeper in the Chugach Range!

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The combination of weather patterns in Alaska is good to us. Storms roll into the Chugach from the Gulf of Alaska and drop lots of snow with high-moisture content. This allows the deep snowpack to bond, leaving us with stable slopes.

Then, when the skies clear and the Northern Lights shine, the temperatures drop down into the single digits. The cold nights draw the moisture out of the snow, leaving us with champagne powder on well-bonded slopes. This allows us to take on some of the steepest terrain in the world with confidence.

Thompson Pass and the Tsaina Valley average over 500 inches of snowfall per year.

The combination of weather patterns in Alaska is good to us. Storms roll into the Chugach from the Gulf of Alaska and drop lots of snow with high-moisture content. This allows the deep snowpack to bond, leaving us with stable slopes.

Then, when the skies clear and the Northern Lights shine, the temperatures drop down into the single digits. The cold nights draw the moisture out of the snow, leaving us with champagne powder on well-bonded slopes. This allows us to take on some of the steepest terrain in the world with confidence.

Thompson Pass and the Tsaina Valley average over 500 inches of snowfall per year.

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We’ve got the best terrain in the world right in our back yard — 3600 square miles we can mine for a couple thousand perfect runs. When the weather outside the window doesn’t cooperate, we’ve got the whole of the Chugach Range in our permit area — 10,000 square miles — and we’ll fly to where it’s blue. Our terrain is legendary, but not just for those mega-extreme descents you see in ski films — any skier who is confident in-bounds at a ski resort can have a world of fun at VHSG. We’ve got more blue and black runs than any dozen resorts in North America put together, and ours are always covered in fresh snow.

We’ve got the best terrain in the world right in our back yard — 3600 square miles we can mine for a couple thousand perfect runs. When the weather outside the window doesn’t cooperate, we’ve got the whole of the Chugach Range in our permit area — 10,000 square miles — and we’ll fly to where it’s blue. Our terrain is legendary, but not just for those mega-extreme descents you see in ski films — any skier who is confident in-bounds at a ski resort can have a world of fun at VHSG. We’ve got more blue and black runs than any dozen resorts in North America put together, and ours are always covered in fresh snow.

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