Maybe it will happen when you’re shredding on Mt. Eyak,
Or while ice skating on Eyak Lake,
Or halfway down OZ heli-skiing with Points North in the Chugach mountains.
Maybe it’s over a plate of Copper River salmon
Or standing beneath an ancient skeleton in the cultural center,
Or that first sip of coffee mixing with the air of Prince William Sound.
But at some point, you’re going to think “Yep. This is living.”
Come to Cordova.
Mt. Eyak Ski Area
Mt. Eyak Ski Area is located in Cordova, Alaska and operates 1 of 2 remaining single chairlifts in North America. This historic lift was first installed in 1936 at Sun Valley, Idaho on Mt. Baldy’s Christmas Ridge. In 1974 this lift was moved to Cordova, Alaska and installed above town on the southern slopes of Mt. Eyak. With a vertical rise of 960 feet the lift serves 3 main runs with countless shots through trees and glades encompassing an area of over 600+ acres. The lift also accesses backcountry on the upper slopes of Mt. Eyak. A rope tow serves a beginner slope with a length of 300’ and a vertical rise of 50’. Mt. Eyak has a full service rental shop and food service is available. Mt. Eyak operates from November to April on weekends, holidays & and powder days (snow permitting).
Walking Tour – The Cordova Historical Society has put together a nice printed map and walking tour. Get your copy at the Cordova Visitors Center.
Sometimes in the calmness of winter in Cordova, you can catch the perfect window… It’s been real cold and dry for a few days and there’s no new snow on the ground. These are special days when you can get out to go ice skating. Favorite locations for Cordovans are Sheridan Glacier Lake and Eyak Lake near Skater’s Cabin. But almost every mile along the Copper River Highway and Whitshead Road offer glimpses of shallow (or sometimes not so shallow) ponds or gatherings in the muskeg that can be just PERFECT for gliding. If you’re hoping to catch an Ice Skate, check in with our local Forest Service office for the current conditions.