SKIING & SNOWBOARDING IN PALMERMajestic Slopes Await
The mountain trails just north of Palmer are perfect sites for skiing & snowboarding. Hatcher Pass and Government Peak offer a contrast of natural terrain and groomed trails, and Skeetawk is in the process of constructing a true ski resort in the area. These areas are enhanced by the surrounding, snow-capped peaks.
Popular Skiing & Snowboarding Areas
This 4+ mile trail takes you up Eska Peak to spectacular views of the Chugach Range. The trek crosses through woodland and lush alpine growth before reaching the falls and peak respectively.
For directions and additional information, please contact the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Community Development Department or click on the website link above.
This 16 mile (round trip) trail follows the Little Susitna river up to it's headwaters. One of four major trails in Hatcher Pass, north of Palmer, it has a gradual incline for the first few miles before becoming much steeper. It is open to hiking, biking, and skiing, and you can even do a little gold panning along the way.
For directions and additional information, please click on the website link above or alaska.org/detail/gold-mint-trail.
In the peak winter months Government Peak features 9 miles of combines trails for skiing, skijoring, sledding, snowshoeing and more. Take in the sights as you adventure along the Chugach mountains just north of Palmer. Note that the parking area is open from 8 AM to 8 PM, so don't get locked in.
For more information, please contact the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Community Development Department or click on the website link above.
This trail, approximately 9 miles round trip, follows an old mining road in Hatcher Pass. You will hike over 2,000 feet of elevation gain and witness the tarn that feeds Reed Lake, gorgeous waterfalls, the lake itself, and Reed Creek flowing down the mountain.
For directions and additional information click on the website link above or alaska.org/detail/reed-lakes-trail.
Nestled into the gorgeous mountains of Hatcher Pass, Skeetawk is a groomed, maintained ski area opening in December of 2020. The site currently hosts a beautiful warming hit, a patrol / first-aid station, and a freshly installed chair lift. The project is managed by HAX, a local non-profit dedicated to bringing the dream of a real ski resort to the Valley.