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Lazy Mountain Rope Tow

1971 to 1972

Name of Ski Area: Lazy Mountain Rope Tow
Location: Palmer, on the west slopes of Lazy Mountain, to the northeast of center of the town of Palmer.
Type of Area: Ski Hill
Dates of Operation: 1971 to 1972
Who Built It?: The Matanuska-Susitna Borough or the City of Palmer (still researching) 
Top/Vertical Drop:

Top: ~650' / Vertical: Unknown

Lifts: One rope tow
Facilities: Warm-up facility
Miscellaneous: This site used an old rope tow from the Independence Mine Ski Area.
Sources of Information:

Jim Turner, Curt Christiansen; Steve Gruhn


Does anyone have pictures of skiing at the Lazy Mountain Rope Tow (or current pictures of the vicinity) that they would like to contribute to ALSAP ?

~  MAPS  ~

This large scale topo map shows the general location of where the Lazy Mountain rope tow once operated (further research is needed to determine the exact site).

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This 1995 topo map shows the west slopes of Lazy Mountain.  We assume the rope tow was in one of the clearings that borders a road.  This map will be updated when research identifies the location of the rope tow .

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Research Correspondence 
[Curt Christiansen - 16 December 2004 email]


We skied this area a few times when it was open.  The Borough still labels this parcel on their maps as the ďLazy Mountain Winter Sports AreaĒ.  At the end of Huntley Road the road curves right and drops down the hill a little ways, this portion of the road is North Mountain Circle but I donít know if itís labeled.  If you look on your bottom topo map the road curves right off the section line and then peters out into two trails.  The parking lot was/is where these two trails start.  The parking lot is now used for the trail up Lazy Mountain and the Morgan Horse Trail that runs east along the base of the mountains.  The Horse Trail will also lead you to a trail that accesses Matanuska Peak.  If you look at your other topo map the area was due south of your red oval just outside of it at the end of the little stub of a road.  When you parked you were at the top of the ski hill (a little unusual I would expect).  The topo map shows the elevation at the top would have been about 200 meters above sea level.

Iíll look for photos but Iím skeptical that Iíll find any.


[Anchorage Daily News - excerpt from the 01 November 2008 profile of the Lazy Mountain / Palmer community]

"At one time, the Mat-Su Borough established a ski lift and warm-up hut at the Lazy Mountain Recreation area. It has since been dismantled"



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