Update Log (entries
by Tim Kelley)
January 15, 2023
Military History Association sent three pictures from 1948 of the
Arctic Valley Ski Bowl.
December 17, 2022
Saltonstall recently went skiing at the site of the old
Anton Larsen rope tow on
Kodiak Island. Patrick got some good pictures of the rope tow
engine remains, pylons along the lift line and the rope that was used.
September 01, 2022
Firesmith sent a few pictures of the remains of the
Cleary Summit lodge.
March 27, 2022
"planned but never built" ski area was added to ALSAP. The
Chitina Ski Slope.
I was reading Tom Kizzia's book "Cold Mountain Path" and noticed a
reference to a heavy rope from a ski tow in Chitina being used to tow an
airplane back onto a bush runway. I mentioned this to Dave Brann.
Dave contacted Tom Kizzia about this. And Tom referred us to Kenny
Smith. Kenny remembered this ski tow project and gave us what
information he knew. Thanks to Kenny Smith for bringing this bit
of skiing history back to life!
January 23, 2022
Fuglestad sent pictures by Dave Hendrickson of skiing at the
Ski Area in 1955. Thanks Eric!
September 13, 2021
sent some recent pictures of the remains of the
Ptarmigan Valley rope
tow. Thanks Dave!
August 25, 2021
a recent graduate of West High in Anchorage, shared a research project
paper he wrote about the history of Romig Hill. This lost ski area
once operated just to the north of West High. This great research
effort of Ben's provided us with information that was previously unknown
about this ski area. Good job Ben, and thanks a lot!
Here is a
direct link to Ben's Romig Hill research paper.
February 9, 2021
sent some skiing pictures from
Independence Mine in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Thanks
November 26, 2020
shared memories of skiing as a kid at the
City Ski Bowl and
Romig Hill. His information
confirmed the City Ski Bowl
was in operation 5 years later than we currently thought. Another
interesting thing Paul mentioned is that the outrun of the
Romig Hill was onto frozen salt
water with (small) ice bergs. That is because Westchester Lagoon
was not yet dammed and was influenced by the tidal movements of Cook
Inlet. Probably not many ski areas where you ski out onto frozen
salt water at the base! Thanks Paul!
October 8, 2020
Dee McAllister sent
pictures and stories of the first years that the ski area at
Independence Mine was operational (1960-61).
September 29, 2020
Joe Gilmore sent
some pictures of skiing at
Independence Mine in 1967, when he was stationed at Fort Richardson.
September 24, 2020
Christie Haupert and Matias Saari were recently in the area of the old
Dome cross country ski trails. Matias sent a couple of photos that
Christie took of an old xc ski trail and an old trail drag. Thank
you Christie and Matias!
April 9, 2020
David Leon sent a
number of pictures from the mid-1970s of the Fort Richardson 172d
Brigade instructors cadre scouting the
Eklutna Glacier for
training areas. Thanks David!
April 4, 2020
Added a link
to a great article about the Alaskan skiing scene of 1939-1940.
"Lure of the North" by Ted
Coomora documents his skiing travels from Juneau to Anchorage and
Fairbanks. It's a great read that ties the skiing venues of that
era together. Thanks to Erik Hilsinger for sending this to us!
January 6, 2020
recently made a fantastic ALSAP map. She plans on selling it on
her etsy shop.
We at ALSAP do not have any financial involvement with her venture.
But we definitely thank Katie for her efforts in helping to preserve
Alaskan skiing history!
January 2, 2020
status of the Mendeltna Creek Lodge
ski trails. These trails were abandoned after a tragic fire
destroyed the lodge on December 10th, 2017.
November 21, 2019
Pederson posted a picture of this cross country skiing award patch on
Facebook. Back in the 1970s this patch was given to
Sterling, Alaska elementary school students that skied 50 miles.
Daryl said that most of the skiing was done in ditches along the
May 8, 2019
recently skied at
Newenham after the commercial herring fishing season in Togiak, AK.
Pete said he saw remnants of the old gondola and wreckage of an old
military plane. Thanks for the report and pictures Pete!
March 25, 2019
sent some great historic photos that she took on her property in Homer,
Alaska. They are pictures of the rope tow power plant that
Anderson once built on this property. Thanks a lot Ginny!
March 3, 2019
Lynn Noel sent
pictures and a write-up about the
Pass Glacier Snowcat operation. Thanks Lynn!
Febrary 15, 2019
Steward sent a number of great pictures and a write-up of her memories
from the years her family skied at
Valley (1968-1972). Thanks Kay!
December 14, 2018
sent a couple of 1973 pictures from the
Fort Richardson Biathlon Range trails. Thanks Will!
November 25, 2018
Fuglestad recently sent pictures that his uncle Wally Wallenstein took
in the early 1950s. Wally was
local architect who came to AK, for the second time, in 1949. He was
an active member of the Anchorage Ski Club and designed the original ASC
ski lodge. He also was a member of the Denali Ski Patrol, as well as
the Mt. McKinley Lions. The pictures Eric set are on the
vintage pictures web page,
City Ski Bowl
web page and
4th Avenue web page. Thanks Eric!
April 14, 2018
was stationed at Ladd AFB during 1955-57 and skied at
Summit. Bob recently sent a picture of the Cleary Summit patch
from that era, and the chevrons that could be earned for sub-zero
skiing. Thanks Bob!
April 5, 2017
I recently bought a Lomen Bros postcard on ebay that had this fine picture of
cross country ski racer, circa 1910, in Nome, Alaska .
January 14, 2017
Vitorino sent some recent pictures from the
Anton Larsen Ski Area. Thanks Eduardo !
October 29, 2016
sent us a great (must read!) account of skiing and life at
Arctic Valley from 1962 to
1965. Thanks Alan !!
October 29, 2016
A new lost ski area
was added to ALSAP - the Glen Alps Early
Season XC Ski Loop. During low snow periods in Anchorage, for
many years this loop was a very popular training venue for local cross
country skiers. But in 2012 the Chugach State Park built a road
over part of this ski loop to access a new parking lot. This
development brought an end to the use of this skiing venue.
March 27, 2016
of the USCG sent recent pictures of the new building at the site of the
former Anton Larsen Ski Area on Kodiak Island. Thanks Willis!
February 21, 2016
sent an email with great memories of skiing at
Arctic Valley from the
mid-60's to 1983. Jim also shared a lot of great pictures from
that time period. Thanks Jim!
January 07, 2016
Christensen sent a very interesting email about skiing at
Red Dog Mine. Thanks Neil!
December 22, 2015
emailed to say he remembers fondly his skiing at
Firetower Hill at Fort
Greely in 1960-62. And Richard sent a picture of the handbook he
received when he arrived at Fort Greely, the "The Army's Northernmost
Fort". Thanks Richard!
November 14, 2015
shared some great pictures from the days he skied at the
Anton Larsen Ski Area on
Kodiak Island, from 1959 to 1961. Bill also sent us the first
picture we've seen of a skier on the
Chinak Satellite Tracking Station Access Road. Folks stationed
here used to have 2 mile ski races on this road back in the 1960
timeframe. Thanks a lot Bill!
September 10, 2015
sent a picture of Independence
Mine ski and rental rates.
June 2, 2015
sent an email of memories of skiing at
Arctic Valley in 1952 to
May 16, 2015
was stationed at Fire Island
during 1968-1969 and sent a story about skiing "Breakneck Hill".
February 16, 2015
Reeves and Liam Wescott recently sent us emails with more information of
the history of Ullrhaven in
Fairbanks. Thanks Whitham and Liam !
January 26, 2015
Ed Rosek sent
us a great story about working as a kid building and operating the
Centennial Park Rope Tow in
Anchorage. His story can be found in the "Correspondence" section
at the bottom of this web page. Thanks Ed !
December 13, 2014
sent in pictures, including ski hill pictures, and memories of his time
spent at the Tatalina Air Force Station
in 1974-75. Dannis was one of the people that made the rope tow at this remote radar
station. Thanks Dennis !
October 10, 2014
marks 10 years that the Alaska Lost Ski Areas Project web site has been
August 24, 2014
Added a web
page for the Whiteout
Glacier XC Ski Training that was done in the early 1970's.
This location was the first summer glacier ski training site in the
Western Chugach Mountains for cross country ski racers. In later
years, summer ski training operations would move to a permanent and
designated facility, the Thomas Training Center, on the Eagle Glacier.
July 14, 2014
sent in several pictures his father took at the
Eielsen Air Force Base ski hill,
formerly know as Ravenwood.
Thanks Sam !
April 17, 2014
brought a new lost ski area to us - the
Alyeska Glacier Ski Lift.
In the mid-1960's Don Conrad would set up a temporary ski lift on the
glacier just above the Alyeska Ski Area for summer Alpine ski racing
training. Thanks Tony !
March 13, 2014
sent several scans of old slides from his late father-in-law Ernie
Jeffs' collection. These skiing pictures were taken at
Arctic Valley and
Grandview. Thanks Mel !
February 01, 2014
formerly of Ketchikan, emailed to set the record straight about a ski
hill we had been calling "Ski Corner Rope Tow". This is an
identifier I came up with to label this ski tow that used to exist prior
to and not far from the Harriet
Hunt Ski Hill. The real name of this rope tow was
Martin's Mini Mountain, named
after the guy that built it - James Martin. Thanks James, for
helping us get the history of this Ketchikan area ski area straight!
January 26, 2014
Pete Snow of
Kenai sent some recent pictures from the old
Soldotna Ski Hill site. Thanks
January 12, 2014
Osborne sent an email about his work as the rope tow operator at the
UA Ski Hill (UAF didn't become the new moniker until 1975). Thanks
January 09, 2014
also sent an email about skiing at Fort
Greely from 1969 to 1971. Thanks Clyde
January 06, 2014
Pinney, who was stationed at Fort
Greely from 1969 to 1971, sent a very informative email about his
time at Fort Greely and the nearby Gunnysack Mountain Ski Area. Thanks
September 19, 2013
sent three new Arctic Valley
pictures from 1966, courtesy of Willis Callahan. Thanks Randy
August 04, 2013
Thorgaard, the neice of Ole Thorgaard who built
Ski Boot Hill, emailed some
corrections about the history of this lost ski hill. Thanks Susan
July 12, 2013
note] I noticed a photo for sale on ebay of a soldier ski training
Glacier. I ended up buying this
professional-quality 1961 photo. I then scanned the photo and put
it on the
Glacier web page of ALSAP.
June 30, 2013
note] Recently I was at the end of the Eklutna Lake Road. In
the rocks behind the campsite area, that the military used as a base for
ski and mountaineering training on
Glacier in the 50's to 70's, I found an old iron piton. This
piton was likely placed by troops as they were undergoing training on
how to place pitons.
May 31, 2013
sent information about skiing at
in 1963, along with a number of nice pictures. Thanks
for contacting us Dick !
March 30, 2013
Randy Souder sent
more pictures of the Forest Park
ski area. And Sam Chapman sent a copy of a 1971 Eielson Times
article about the Canwell Glacier Stampede.
Thanks again Randy and Sam !
Some sad news:
Recently we learned that Harvey Turner passed away. Harvey was an
alpine and cross country ski racer and jumper for UAF in the 1950s.
Harvey contributed extensive historical information to ALSAP.
Pictures of Harvey skiing for UAF in the 1950s can be found
February 25, 2013
forwarded Willis Callahan and Chuck Sandvik pictures from the 60s of
Forest Park and
Thanks a lot Randy !
February 10, 2013
sent some nice 1943 vintage pictures of the
Mt. McKinley Army Recreation Camp.
Thanks Levi !
January 20, 2013
Sharon Baldwin, via Randy Sauder, sent some nice mid-60s
Independence Mine skiing
pictures. Thanks to all of you !
January 9, 2013
emailed an account of life and skiing at the remote
Cape Romanzof Air Force Station in
the mid 70's. Thanks Gary !
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