Skiing and Hiking Opportunities

Eielson has an extensive network of cross-country trails of varying levels. The trails may be used during summer months for hiking.

Cross-country skiing
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.

Downhill skiing
The Ravenwood Ski Hill is open every year there's enough snow.The 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
Eielson's sole public use cabin located on the cross country ski trails on base.,Eielson 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.

Hiking trails
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 only.


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