Update Log 2011 (entries
by Tim Kelley)
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December 31, 2011
Mike Soukup sent an
interesting email about live at the
Kotzebue AFS in the late 70's, early 80's. Thanks Mike!
December 27, 2011
John Sikes of Kodiak
sent a bunch of photos taken of pages from a 1947 scrapbook. The
scrapbook had a number of pictures of the
Anton Larsen Ski Chalet.
Thanks a lot for sharing these historic pictures John!
December 7, 2011
Today I got
news that Alaska is losing a lost ski area. A lost lost ski area
is a good thing though. It means the ski area has come back to
life. Such is the case with the
Salmonberry Ski Hill in
Valdez. A community based volunteer organization called the
Valdez Snow Authority has
worked hard to bring this small ski area back in operation.
Congratulations to all in Valdez that were involved in this effort!
And thanks to Chris Moulton for this news!
November 19, 2011
sent a number of pictures from his time at
Mountain in 1969-1970. Thanks Mark!
November 17, 2011
sent an interesting email about being sent to Fort Greely in 1964, as
part of the 9th Infantry, to do winter equipment testing.
Michael's information is in the correspondence section of the
web page. Thanks Michael !
October 16, 2011
Added an image of a
postcard I bought on ebay. The postcard shows heli-skiing at
before any lodge or surface lifts were built. The date of this
heli-skiing activity at Alyeska is likely the late 50's or very early
October 15, 2011
Added another lost
ski area to ALSAP, actually - a lost skiing operation: the
Hatcher Pass Heli Skiing
operation. In 1986 Hatcher Pass Lodge owner Hap
Wurlitzer and Soloy Heli-Ops had a spring heli-skiing operation running between
the lodge and the top of April Bowl. Thanks to Fred Trimble for uncovering
this lost skiing history!
October 11, 2011
It's been 10
years since the
Valley Cross Country Ski Loop was last used ... so we welcome it to
the Alaska Lost Ski Areas web site. This ski loop was championed
by former Alaska Pacific University ski coach Jim Galanes. When
Jim left this coaching position this early season ski loop was never
Also, I added a web
page for Lake Otis
Ski Trails in Anchorage. In the early days of Anchorage
(19-teens and 20's) much of mid-town Anchorage was undeveloped. So
people skied on trails and pioneer roads south of Chester Creek that are
now long gone. Lake Otis was a skiing destination of this sort, as
was Lake Hood in Spenard.
July 11, 2011
The old Gunsight
Mountain ski chalet, that stood next to the Richardson Highway
between Sheep Mountain and Eureka, was recently destroyed by fire.
No other information is known at this time. Thanks to Jacqueline
Duke for the pictures.
June 27, 2011
sent a number of pictures from 1966 when he trained with Fort Richardson
soldiers on the
Glacier. Thanks a lot Mr. Davis!
May 27, 2011
mid-May while skiing at
I noticed some old rope tow guide wheels poking through the snow.
So I waited a couple of weeks for the snow to melt and then went back to
see what I could find for rope tow remnants at this old ski area.
I found quite a few remnants and posted pictures of them on the
Manitoba web page.
April 26, 2011
sent some pictures of an old engine block that could have possibly been
the power plant for a ski tow at the
Tripod Ski Trails
site in Cordova. Seth also sent some Google Earth images to show
where the old ski cabin site and the engine block are located.
Thanks for sending this Seth!
March 24, 2011
sent a PDF of a 1986 Valdez Vanguard article about the
Ski Hill in Valdez. Thanks a lot Donna!
February 02, 2011
Links to new
Alaska State Library pictures of winter warfare military training in the
early 1960's are now on the
Glacier web page.
January 17, 2011
sent some more great pictures. There are now some 1976 Skiathlon
pictures on the
UAF Ski Hill web page. And more pictures of Fairbanks skiers
on the Castner and Canwell Glaciers on the
web page. Once again Chuck ... thanks !
January 16, 2011
sent some great pictures taken at the
Junior Nationals ski trails in Girdwood.
Chuck was one of the Alaska team coaches. Thanks a lot Chuck for
sharing these wonderful photos !!
January 15, 2011
Bob Hier sent some
pictures of 1943 Japanese WWII skis, that were probably used in
Attu. Thanks Bob
January 07, 2011
found the ALSAP
Ski Chalet web page via Google. Bob knows a lot about the Ski
Chalet on Kociak because in 1960 he LIVED there. His father Marion Shaw was
the caretaker of the Ski Chalet back then. Thanks a lot for
contacting us Bob !
January 06, 2011
sent in some great early 1970's pictures of skiers participating in the
old Canwell Glacier Stampede off the Richardson Highway in the Alaska
Range. These pictures can be seen on the
Thanks again Chuck !
January 05, 2011
has worked and lived at Clear Summit for a long time. He recently
sent comparison pictures of the 1960s versus today of Pedro Dome, the
site of a former White Alice communications station that was close to
Summit Ski Area.
Thanks Chuck !
January 03, 2011
Saltonstall sent a picture of the Kodiak /
Ski Chalet from the Alutiqq Museum, Nekeferoff Collection.
Thanks Patrick !
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