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Skiers and snowboarders celebrate Hilltop Ski Area’s opening weekend

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: November 26
  • Published November 25

Gia Walker, 7, glides across artificial snow at Hilltop Ski Area while snowboarding on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Hilltop Ski Area opened for the season Saturday, “about a week behind our normal opening,” according to CEO Steve Remme.

Hilltop is shifting into its usual operating hours seven days a week: 3-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Only the Caribou run is open from top to bottom, after stop-and-go snowmaking operations because of recent warm weather in Anchorage.

Snowmakers at Hilltop Ski Area spent Thanksgiving Day on the job so skiers could spend the holiday weekend on the slopes.

Skiers ride the triple chairlift at Hilltop Ski Area on Sunday with a view of Anchorage and Mount Susitna in the distance. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Skiers pass by man-made snow clinging to trees along the Caribou run at Hilltop Ski Area on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
A skier takes a trail through the woods along the Caribou run at Hilltop Ski Area on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Hilltop Ski Area opened one run from top to bottom over the weekend as a result of their snowmaking operation. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Olympic bronze-winning snowboarder Rosey Fletcher-Grunwaldt made runs with her 8-year-old son Oscar at Hilltop Ski Area on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

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