Arctic Valley Ski Resort

Arctic Valley Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Alaska in USA. The resort is in the town of Eagle River, AK.

Arctic Valley is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Arctic Valley Ski Resort.

Arctic Valley Lodging:

Arctic Valley Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Arctic Valley has a total of 25 ski trails, which are serviced by 4 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. With 320 acres, Arctic Valley Ski Resort has a moderate amount of skiiable terrain available for skiers. This area is equivalent to 130 hectares, 1 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
320(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Arctic Valley Ski Resort Elevation

Arctic Valley Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 3,900 feet, or 1,189 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 2,500 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,400 feet (427 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Arctic Valley's summit elevation is about average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are quite a bit higher, but also many that are much, much smaller.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
3,900'(1,189 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,400'(427 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
2,500'(762 m)

Arctic Valley Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
46.4out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Arctic Valley can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Arctic Valley has 320 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Arctic Valley is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 20% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 80%.
20%(64 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
50%(160 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
30%(96 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Arctic Valley Ski Resort good for beginners?

Arctic Valley can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Arctic Valley Ski Resort Location

Arctic Valley Ski Resort is located in the state of Alaska, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Eagle River, AK.

Eagle River, AK 99577 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
61.24000, -149.61000

Getting to Arctic Valley Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Arctic Valley Ski Resort), its coordinates of 61.24000, -149.61000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Eagle River, AK to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Arctic Valley Ski Resort.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International AirportANCAnchorage, AK14 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Arctic Valley.

Merle K (Mudhole) Smith AirportCDVCordova, AK148 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Arctic Valley Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Arctic Valley Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
HilltopAnchorage, AK894 ft11%14 mi
AlyeskaGirdwood, AK3,939 ft75%25 mi

Arctic Valley Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation3,900 ft
Base Elevation2,500 ft
Vertical Drop1,400 ft
(20% Beginner,  50% Intermediate,  30% Expert)
Skiable Acres320
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Arctic Valley Ski Resort Mountain Stats