Going to ALASKA!

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  • There's a lost ski area in Chena Hot Springs, just a steepish slope with maybe 400 vertical feet. It was still visible when I was there in 2009, maybe too overgrown to make out by now. Located just east of the resort.
  • you were there for work ?  wow.  tell me more.  

    As a tourist, you have to go to that blue shack motel and go into the gift shop and sign up for a bus tour.  They let you out briefly by the ocean.  No way you can drive to the beach yourself.  Call ahead for confirmation of availability.  The only other place to stop is the Ace hardware (how about that), from what I remember.    
  • ciscokid said:

    Oh I failed to mention it's Sept 18
    No I won't be skiing but will take the tram at Aly  

    /div>

    Another pastime that is a favorite of mine in Anchorage is going into the fur shops. The furs are way out of my price range, and I'm not real keen on wearing dead animals, but it's an amazing opportunity to feel the fur of wolves, seals, bears, etc.  I just walk around touching everything,  

    Yea my dad when sold the farm bought my mom a mink, can remember her wearing it once, what a waste.

    Remember Jan '95 at a ATM in Aspen getting cash for my then astronomical $50 lift ticket with 2 chicks in mink coats standing behind me, kinda like dumb and dumber

    Actually I have found goose down to be the warmest, had a g down sleeping bag once, that was toasty
  • pagamony said:

    you were there for work ?  wow.  tell me more.  


    As a tourist, you have to go to that blue shack motel and go into the gift shop and sign up for a bus tour.  They let you out briefly by the ocean.  No way you can drive to the beach yourself.  Call ahead for confirmation of availability.  The only other place to stop is the Ace hardware (how about that), from what I remember.    
    Good intel on the access, that sounds about right.

    Yes, I've worked up there off and on for the past 20-ish years. I'm a marine ecologist. I've done consulting work for both the government and the oil companies. Done a lot of driving, float planes, helicopters, and boats into the more remote stretches between Barrow, Deadhorse, and ANWR. Also have spent WAY too much time on ships in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.

    Honestly, I wouldn't call the area "beautiful". It's mostly grey-on-grey. But it sure is worth checking out and checking the box on having done it. I'm very glad I've been able to do it and know that CiscoKid will be getting a trip if a lifetime with all you have planned.
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