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Mosquito Lake Ski Hill

1970's ?

Name of Ski Area: Mosquito Lake Ski Hill
Location: Haines, northwest of town, northwest of Klukwan, near the Mosquito Lake State Recreation Site - 7/10's of a mile down Mosquito Lake Road on the right (on Ski Hill).
Type of Area: Ski Hill
Dates of Operation: 1970's ? (still researching)
Who Built It?: Unknown (still researching)
Base/ Vertical Drop:


Lifts: Rope Tow
Facilities: Unknown
Miscellaneous: According to Tom Lawson, who once lived across the valley from the ski area, the clearings from logging operations associated with a nearby sawmill likely facilitated the building of this ski area.
Sources of Information:

Tom Lawson; Heather Lende


Does anyone have pictures of skiing at the Mosquito Lake Ski Hill (or pictures of the current area) that they would like to contribute to ALSAP ?

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This large scale topo map shows where Mosquito Lake is located relative to the town of Haines.

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This zoomed in topo map shows the vicinity of Mosquito Lake, northwest of Haines.  The location of the ski area was 7/10ths of a mile up the Mosquito Lake Road on the right (on Ski Hill).

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Research Correspondence 
[Heather Lende, Haines, AK - 01 December 2004 email excerpt]

Hi Tim, I know where the Young Rd. Hill is, it is a road now, but could dig a bit for you- there may be some photos, also there was another ski hill at Mosquito Lake, I could find about about that for you too. Neither have been in use in the last 20 years or more, and the tows are long gone.

[Tom Lawson - 28 August 2005 email]

The exact location of ski hill is 7/10ths of a mile down Mosquito Lake Road on the right if coming from the main road. I grew up in the house across the street from the ski hill and it composed the main view out our front window. When I was a kid (1980's) you could still make out the original ski runs and see a few of the anchor poles for the old lifts. The alders grow so quickly in that area that it would be impossible to see any of it now. There was an old saw mill at the base of hill, which could explain how the ski area was made. I imagine the clearing of the trees combined with the heavy machinery made for an improvised ski area, rather than a commercial operation.



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