HATCHER PASS — Skeetawk Ski Area will open this Saturday to the general public for skiing and snowboarding. Located at Mile 10.6 of Palmer-Fishhook Road, Skeetawk is the first ski lift to run in Hatcher Pass since 1972.
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, Skeetawk will operate its ski lift for the general public between 10:30 a.m. and dusk. Skeetawk plans to remain open for 52 days during this winter including all weekends and Mat-Su Borough School District holidays. Skeetawk will not operate the lift on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during extended holidays such as winter break and spring break.
PARKING: Parking is $5 for all non-season pass holders or members of Skeetawk and the funds will be used to pay for plowing. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to use their own vehicle as their day lodge and not crowd the small Yurt for extended periods of time. Skeetawk has two webcams that update every five minutes. One webcam is at the top of the lift and the other is pointed toward the parking lot to allow skiers and snowboarders to check and see how busy the lift is before traveling.
TICKETS: Day passes can be purchased at Skeetawk’s website or in person on Dec. 5 and 6. Skeetawk encourages skiers and snowboarders to utilize their contactless point of sale outside the yurt. Skiers and snowboarders younger than 7 and older than 70 may ride the lift for free.
GEAR: PowderHound Ski Shop will provide ski, boot and pole rentals out of the yurt at Skeetawk, but rentals are by appointment only. All other skiers and snowboarders will need to provide their own plank or planks to ride on.
LIFT SAFETY: Skeetawk requires all skiers and snowboarders to wear a mask when they are waiting in the lift line or anywhere that they cannot maintain 6 feet of social distance from others. Those in the lift line may be asked to secure their face covering over their mouth and nose. Members of the same household may ride on a lift together, but all other skiers and snowboarders must ride the ski lift alone.
SNOW SAFETY: Once off the lift at the stop of Skeetawk, skiers and snowboarders must adhere to the marked boundaries of the trail. For those interested in skiing at higher elevations in Hatcher Pass, hpavalanche.org/ provides avalanche forecasts each weekend.