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Government Hill Ski Run

1950's to ????

Name of Ski Area: Government Hill Ski Run
Location: Anchorage, Government Hill, next to the curling rink
Type of Area: Hike up, ski down ski hill
Dates of Operation: 1950's to ???? (still researching)
Who Built It?: Unknown
Base/Vertical Drop:


Lifts: None
Facilities: Residential neighborhood
History: There used to be a neighborhood ski run near the curling rink (see Charlie Sherman's email below)
Sources of Information:

Charlie Sherman


Does anyone have old pictures of skiing at the Government Hill  that they would like to contribute to ALSAP ?

~  MAPS  ~

This map shows the location of Government Hill, which is a residential area of Anchorage.

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The exact location of the ski run is presently unknown.  The red ellipse on this map indicates the general area where the ski run probably existed.

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Research Correspondence 

[Charlie Sherman - excerpt from 21 and 22 September 2008 emails] 

I got my first pair of Skis the Christmas of 1952 from my folks.  We lived at the top of Government Hill in  those days.  Mom suggested I strap them on and ski over
to the hill behind the Curling Rink at the top of Govt Hill and "let er Fly".  I think it was soon after that I got a few lessons from, I want say, Sven Olsen, who was
a champion skier Olympic I think. That was the end of my lessons till I joined the Denali Ski Patrol in the 60's.I had to learn better techniques or kill myself. We
patrolled Arctic Valley and Alyeska when it opened.

To answer your question about who skied Govt Hill, as far as I know it was the neighborhood kids mainly. We always had to hike back up so we must have been in good shape!



Do you have further information, stories or pictures that you would like to contribute about this ski area?