Hilltop Ski Area opens for first run of the season

Published: Nov. 24, 2018 at 7:17 PM AKST
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On Saturday, lots of people headed up to the slopes for opening day at Hilltop Ski Area.

Warmer temperatures this winter has been impacting the ski conditions, according to Hilltop Ski Area CEO Steve Remme, but many showed up for the opening all the same.

"We had about a 500-foot gap that we needed to close up from top-to-bottom to be open," Remme said.

Remme added that artificial snow will continue to be made until all of the runs are open.

The Caribou Run was open Satruday from top-to-bottom, along with the triple chairlift and the beginner tow rope.

Snowboarder Mitchelle Stencel said he goes to Hilltop almost every day during the season and that his big goal this season is to learn how to do a backflip.

"[The conditions are] pretty good up there, it's pretty icy so you can't really stop quick," Stencel said.

As for other ski areas, Alyeska Resort officials said the resort will be opening ski runs on Dec. 7. Arctic Valley Ski Area, meanwhile, tentatively has plans to open for volunteer training over the weather.