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Skiland Mt Aurora, Fairbanks

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Skiland is a lift-served ski and snowboard area at Cleary Summit on the Steese Highway, 20 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. The area has one chairlift, North America's most-northern; it is 3300 feet long and serves 1057 feet of vertical rise. Road access and the lodge are on a barren ridgecrest at an elevation of 2470 feet, overlooking a wooded, north-facing bowl. Skiland is a mom-and-pop style ski area.The ski season typically runs from November into late April, on weekends only. There is no snow-making, and a limited amount of grooming on many runs. Tree and glade skiing opportunities abound. On a least one occasion slopes were re-opened in May after a heavy snowfall. The slopes are patrolled by the National Ski Patrol.For many years a pair of towropes (upper and lower) serving 900 vertical feet total, and generally operated by volunteers, were the only lift at Skiland. Another lift served ski area, named Cleary Summit, operated less than a mile away with three surface lifts. In the early 1990s the Cleary Summit ski area was closed and abandoned; near the same time the surface tows at Skiland were replaced with the current lift, a double chairlift originally installed at the Silver Star ski area in British Columbia.
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  • People have a lot of advice on where you should go to view the Northern Lights and depending on how active the Aurora is, sometimes it's easier than others. Skiland was my preference because no matter...  more »
  • And Chandler House, here is two stories, but there's a TV screen can see the Aurora in real time, to help you know when to go out. This is very useful to me. I just found the Aurora after strong, go out and catch the outbreak. Can't give five stars because you don't have a tripod for rent. I had to buy a $20 small tripod. Cannot be extended, particularly well. Service is very good, very enthusiastic.
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  • Aurora viewing can be challenging at best but the venue and the people at Skiland make it a wonderful experience.  more »

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Downtown Fairbanks holds the highest concentration of accommodations, and here you'll find everything from hotels for business travelers to cozy bed and breakfasts. The area just across the Chena River from downtown features a few establishments that serve as convenient alternatives should you be unable to secure a place to stay downtown. The areas around the airport and the University of Alaska feature numerous accommodations, including bed and breakfasts and small inns in addition to hotels for business travelers. Just outside of town you'll find lodges, cottages, and additional bed and breakfasts that feature quieter settings closer to the mountains.
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