Mount Eyak

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Mount Eyak
Aerial view of Mount Eyak ski area
Aerial view of Mount Eyak ski area
Location Cordova, Alaska Alaska
Coordinates 60°33′0″N 145°45′0″W / 60.55000°N 145.75000°W / 60.55000; -145.75000
Vertical 800 ft
Top elevation 1200 ft
Base elevation 400 ft
Runs 10
Longest run 750 ft
Lift system 2 (1 single chair, 1 rope tow)
Snowfall 350 inches [1]

Mount Eyak is a ski area located in Cordova, Alaska. It is operated by the Sheridan Ski Club.

History[edit]

In 1948, the Sheridan Ski Club was started and local skiers set up a rope tow near the present-day Mews Apartments. The club even had a lighted hill for nighttime skiing.

The next improvement came in 1966, when a car chassis was modified to drive the rope tow. There is still a rope tow located in the same spot but it has been upgraded numerous times over the years. The rope tow works the current "bunny hill" and transports skiers from the main lift to the rental room and the other buildings.

In 1973, the City of Cordova got a $95,000 grant from BOR and a $52,000 grant from the Roads and Trails Grant fund. These grants, plus the city's commitment of funds and the Sheridan Ski Club's contributions of approximately $29,000 and volunteer labor, were used to construct present-day facilities.

Mount Eyak is currently serviced by a single chairlift (as well as the rope tow). The chairlift was purchased from Sun Valley, Idaho, and transported by train to Seattle, then by ferry to Cordova. The Sheridan Ski Club painted the towers and repaired the chairs before the army used its helicopters to put the towers in place in 1974.[2] The single chair lift was originally constructed in 1939 and serviced Bald Mountain. It is the oldest working chairlift in North America and one of only two single chairs still in operation. The other is located at Mad River Glen, Vermont. [3]

Services[edit]

Services include a rental room with skis and snowboard, a heated lounge with concessions, and a first aid room. The hill provides emergency medical care with a volunteer ski patrol.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mount Eyak Ski Area: Alaska's Greatest Little Resort". Points North Heli-Adventures. Retrieved 2008-03-09. 
  2. ^ King, Rita. "Sheridan Ski Club Stretches Way Back". The Cordova Times. 
  3. ^ Moore, Greg. "Carry me home...Sun Valley's early chairlifts keep on chugging". Retrieved November 14, 2009. 

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