Geoff wrote:flyover wrote:"Let's just say you could fly to a distant (sometimes expensive-to-fly-to), but not-insanely-remote, small city and drive a short distance before you arrive at a ski area with 2500 vert, 1,500+ acres of largely high-alpine skiing with respectable terrain features, an average annual snowfall of more than 600 inches of "maritime" snow, a skier density that is often relatively low compared to similar North-American resorts, and lift tickets that can be bought at the window for approximately $60. Do you stop and ski there, or do you double or triple your drive time to ski the MRA-style (Soulskier has asked us to think Silverton) area further down the road?"
I could see this place being a poor man's heli trip destination. There are 3 problems I foresee.
1. The demographics of it's visitors. The best terrain offered is outside of its boundaries. People who are most comfortable earning turns in the backcountry and who have the gear to do so often live in places where there is world class backcountry terrain nearby. These people may not want to spend the amount required to go on a destination ski vacation to earn turns. However, I will plead my ignorance when it comes to ski area demographics.
2. Winters are very dark. The usable daylight is quite limited from November to March. Meanwhile, the sierra and NW back country really begins to hit its stride by march. This means the window to draw visitors in could be narrow.
3. Alaska is one of the most expensive places in the country. Anchorage was shockingly pricey when I visited there, even more so than NYC. There is a cost to flying everything in.