Update Log 2012 (entries
by Tim Kelley)
December 29, 2012
McGoodwin sent a nice picture from on top of the
AMU ski jump in 1971. Thanks a lot Michael !!
November 3, 2012
With regret I
add a new lost ski area to ALSAP. This winter will mark 5 years
since the last Grandview Ski Train
was run. Due to the Alaska Railroad's financial challenges and not
wanting to take on the risk of avalanches at Grandview - the likelihood
of another Grandview ski train in the future is not good.
October 25, 2012
wrote an excellent article for the Redoubt Reporter about the history of
the Manitoba Ski Area. Here is
link to the article. A wonderful article, thanks Clark !!
July 25, 2012
Greg Dixon emailed
to say he remembers the shooting range at the
Forest Park Golf Course that was
swapped out for a rope tow come winter. Greg used to work at the
golf course as a kid and once while working there he had a brush with
death when a lightening strike took down a nearby tree! Thanks for
the info Greg !
July 24, 2012
Randy Sauder emailed
a summer of 1966 picture of the top of the
Independence Mine Ski Area.
Thanks Randy !
July 17, 2012
the ski racer in the picture below, sent a scan of a newspaper
article entitled: "UA Outpoints AMU On Skis". This 1964 article
tells of a ski tournament pitting UA (now UAF) against
AMU (now APU). This was the first ever
sporting event of any type between these two Alaskan universities.
The alpine racing was held at Alyeska and the cross country race was
held at the Forest Park Golf Course,
which has long been a lost ski area. Thanks a lot Mike for passing this
article on to us !
July 10, 2012
used to be an instructor with the Hans Metz Ski School at
Arctic Valley in the 1950's.
Margery still has her ski instructor patch and sent us a picture of it.
Thanks a lot for sharing this bit of Alaskan skiing history with us
June 20, 2012
Jeralyn Beardsley, via Randy Sauder, emailed two pictures of the
Arctic Valley base
structures from the summer of 1999. Thanks to all of you !
May 3, 2012
emailed an old movie still of his father skiing a slalom course in
Cordova in the 1940's. Thanks
April 30, 2012
Randy Sauder emailed
us some old movie stills, and information, of skiing at the
Forest Park Golf Course in
1967-1968. These are the first pictures we have received of skiing
at this location near Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage. For a short
period of time in the 60's a temporary rope tow would be set up on the
golf course in the winter, and removed in the summer.
Thanks again Randy !
April 22, 2012
Randy Sauder emailed
some memories of skiing at
Arctic Valley, and pictures from the winter of 1967-1968.
Thanks a lot Randy !
April 16, 2012
Seth Steben sent
pictures of skiing at the site of the old Tripod Ski Area in Cordova.
And Seth reports that his talks with old-timers in Cordova confirms that
the old engine block near the Tripod Ski Area site was indeed once used
as a power plant for a rope tow. Thanks again Seth!!
April 15, 2012
sent an email with 1965-66 memories of cutting ski trails and running
the lift at the ski hill next to the
Fire Island Air Force Station in Anchorage. And Terry also
sent some great pictures of the ski hill and life on base at Fire
Island. Thanks a lot Terry!!
March 29, 2012
Sarah Carter sent in
several pictures of the once lost but now re-opened
Salmonberry Hill ski slope in
Valdez. Thanks for the pictures Sarah! And congratulations
to the citizens of Valdez for seeing your efforts come to fruition with
this wonderful Alaskan skiing project!!
March 01, 2012
McCann Morse sent in more vintage pictures from her family's old ski
area - Cleary Summit.
Yet again ... thank you Bevinne !!
February 27, 2012
sent some more pictures from skiing in the 70's at the
Eielson Ski Slope (Ravenwood).
February 15, 2012
sent a remembrance of his brother breaking his leg at the
Ptarmigan Valley Ski Area. Thanks
February 9, 2012
sent an email with a great account of fly-in skiing at the
Raven Glacier north of
Girdwood. Thanks Jim!
January 23, 2012
Russ Gregston used
to drive the snowcat for
Glacier Snowcat when they were in operation at Hatcher Pass.
Russ sent in a few 1992 pictures and also mentioned that Glacier Snowcat
might be in operation again one day. Thanks for the pictures Russ
January 20, 2012
removed a site from the list of Alaskan lost ski areas. Early on
in the Alaska Lost Ski Areas Project I created a web page for the Cold
Bay AFS. I included this site because there was Air Force
documentation from the 50's that said skis were available for use at
this remote radar station. But over the course of this project I
have received 6 or so emails from Cold Bay AFS veterans that said there
was definitely no skiing going on at Cold Bay. So Cold Bay AFS is
off the list. I'll put it back on ALSAP if documented proof of
skiing at Cold Bay ever shows up.
January 17, 2012
Added a web
page for a previously unknown proposed ski area at
Information about this proposed ski area was found in Alaska Pacific
Consolidated Mining Company documents by the top-notch and fantastic
archivists at the Consortium Library at UAA. A big thanks for this
impressive discovery to Arlene Schmuland, Megan Friedel and Mariecris
January 13, 2012
On January 6th this
website had the most number of hits per day ever - 267,809.
On the 6th a picture of skiing in Valdez was the background image for
Microsoft's bing web search
page. Gil Aegerter saw this Alaskan skiing image on bing and
emailed Microsoft to suggest that one of the action boxes that you see
when the cursor moves across the image ... be a link to
followed through with Gil's suggestion and as a result - many thousands
of people checked out ALSAP on that day. So thanks a lot Gil for
making ALSAP world famous (for a day at least) !!
January 3, 2012
Added a web
page for a ski area that was once proposed in the 1970's at
near Valdez. Thanks to Peter Stahley for emailing a link to a
reference article on this piece of Alaskan skiing history. Also -
made updates to the Thompson
Pass and Salmonberry Hill
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