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Skiland Mt Aurora, Fairbanks

3.9
#4 of 6 in Winter Sports in Alaska
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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  • What a wonderful place to view the Northern Lights. We were lucky to have a clear and beautiful evening, which meant that soon after dark we had our first view of the lights - what a thrill! The owner...  more »
  • Classic attractions, tourist bus lot coming. Was upheld in the parking lot where the car is stopped, will pay $ 30 in store. Drink so much coffee and cocoa, which is, to think and say. Monitor or projected the Aurora belt, can often be found outside the current situation. I think as long as you can leave out a lot of people look at it, but Aurora is any where come from I don't know, so keep watch outside. Where think could not be charged, but the toilet is properly appreciated. And variety is so in light to illuminate and sometimes quietly without lights will light up your face in people search, the appreciation is far from. Also ski resort is truly top of the mountain so far well it seems that nothing bother Aurora without include home is being able to watch, but on the other side. Also regrettable is not done overnight; A good hope till dawn – and I think.
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  • I would have given it 5 stars, but the guy running the operation gave me a serious case of the heebie geebies. The two ladies that were running the aurora operation were really cool and incredibly hel...  more »

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