Skiing and Hiking
Eielson has four cross-country ski trails of different
difficulty. The Parcours and Youth Center trails are beginners courses.
The Parcours is 1.5 miles long. The Youth Center trails are 1.4 and 4.5
miles in length. The ski lodge system transverses hilly terrain and has
intermediate and advanced trail systems. The intermediate system is gently
rolling with 2.5 and 5 kilometer trails. The advanced system offers the
skier a choice of 2.5, 5, 7.5, and 10 kilometer trails. The ski lodge
system is rated as one of the best in the Fairbanks area. Cross-country
ski equipment is available at either the Recreation Issue Building or
Ravenwood Ski Lodge.
Ravenwood Ski Hill has a lower and an upper slope. The hill has a working
T-bar lift, skiers and snowboarders can also hike up and ski down. The
slope has a lodge, sledding slope, ice rink, and cross-country ski trails.
Services also has equipment for downhill and cross-country skiing, skates,
and inner tubes available for rent.
Public Use Cabin
has one public use cabin located on the advanced section of the ski lodge
cross-country ski trails. The cabin is very rustic and sits upon a
hillside overlooking the valley. The cabin is furnished with a wood stove,
table and chairs, benches, and a loft for overnight sleeping. The cabin
has a first come/first served policy.
The base does not have designated hiking trails. During the
summer hiking/walking can be done on the ski lodge cross-country ski
trails, many trails adjacent to the housing area, and the Parcours.
Recreational areas and
opportunities are for Department of Defense identification card holders