Alaska’s In The Know About Snow

December 10, 1999, Girdwood, AK — Lamenting over the sparse conditions at your favorite skiresort? Perhaps you should think about heading north, way north. Southcentral Alaska hasreceived several major snowstorms, starting in mid-October, dumping well over 10 feet of snowin the Chugach Mountain Range so far. Alaska is now positioned to have the best and the most,snow in all of North America and Chugach Powder Guides, the exclusive helicopter and snowcatoperator in the Western Chugach Range, wants you to come experience it first hand.

Chugach Powder Guides has recently finished their snowcat trail and is gearing up to beginsnowcat operations December 18, 1999, snow and weather permitting. “The trail is in and thesnow is deep, dry, and untracked!” says Mike Overcast, lead guide for Chugach Powder Guides.

Chugach Powder Guides operates a Bombardier Snowcat installed with an 11-passengerheated cab. Their permit area is approximately 1,000 acres of remote backcountry terrain locatedbehind Mt. Alyeska at Alyeska Resort. Within this area you’ll find gentle alpine bowls, shelteredtree skiing, and plenty of steep double diamonds to satisfy the experts. An average day finds youdeparting right from Alyeska Resort, traveling approximately 45 minutes up the trail to the firstrun. From there, expect to make 6 to 10 runs in untracked snow with a stop for a complimentarylunch. The day ends with a run out on the snowcat trail and a short 20 minute ride in the heatedcat.

Chugach Powder Guides is now taking reservations for the 1999/2000 snowcat season.Chugach Powder Guides offers 5 and 7-day snowcat packages, $2,100 and $2,800,respectively. Day rates are $190 reserved and $140 stand-by. Chugach Powder Guides willbegin the 2000 heli-skiing season February 5. For information or reservations for heli or snowcatpackages with Chugach Powder Guides, please call (907) 783-HELI (4354) or visit us on theweb at