Alaskan's to have more lift served terrain options soon as Hatcher Pass Ski Area moves forward.

The proposed ski area sits at mile 10.6 of the Palmer-Fishhook Road, going up to Hatcher Pass.

The proposed beginner chair (triple chair) of the first phase would run about 1,250′ long and have a vertical gain of about 300 feet from the mountain base at 1,450'.

The proposed main chair (high speed quad), would be about a mile long and have a vertical gain of over 1,200′ (to approximately 2,650′ above sea level). 

A long time coming... Hatcher Pass near the town of Palmer Alaska has been a favorite destination of local backcountry ski enthusiasts for decades and over the years it has been the subject of many rumors for invasion by corporate entities such as Vail for development into a major ski area and destination resort. Next Winter some of these lift served aspirations will come true, though in a much more fitting sense (in our humble opinion).

Through an amazingly generous grant of $500,000 dollars by the Mat-Su Health Foundation and on the backs of many hard working volunteers, the Hatcher Pass Community Ski Area (as yet officially unnamed) could see lift served skiing by the 2018-19 season!

Over the last several years the locals at Hatcher Alpine Experience have been clearing trails and laying the groundwork for this project while seeking investment and looking to strengthen their volunteer numbers. Find out how you can help here!

Hatcher Pass, with lifts up and running, would become the 4th ski area in the greater Anchorage and Mat-Su Valley area along with Anchorage's Arctic Valley and Hilltop, and most notably Girdwood's Alyeska Resort.

The recent announcement of the grant and plans to start erecting lifts by next Summer are great news for Alaskans and in a season that has seen frontrunners Alyeska both shorten their season and raise pass prices, a new lift served option for the area would seem most welcome and well timed.

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