As Alyeska Resort prepares for its April 28 operations close date -- a full month earlier than last year's extended date of May 30-- skiers and snowboarders may be wondering how bad was the 2012-13 season, anyway?
The answer: It wasn't a bad year at all at the ski resort south of Alaska's largest city. Unofficial Networks, a ski and snowboarding website, reports that Alyeska saw upward of of 650 inches of accumulation during the 2012-13 season, a healthy-enough snowfall to earn it second-snowiest ski resort bragging rights, Unofficial reports. First place goes to the Mount Baker Ski Area in Washington, which racked up 808 inches.
This year's accumulation was a bit shy of Alyeska's current, 10-year snowfall average of 731 inches and fell far short of last year's record winter snowfall.
Alyeska's April hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the tram is currently closed for maintenance.