Tsaina Lodge

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Tsaina Lodge
Dreaming of chasing fresh, untrammeled powder? Then Tsaina Lodge, widely regarded as the birthplace of the Alaskan freeskiing scene, is for you. Its location on Thompson Pass, a gap in the Chugach Mountains known for its record-setting snowfalls (averaging over 700 inches a year), and steep, dramatic slopes combine for epic heli-ski adventures on runs that average a steep 3,500 feet. Come summer, the repertoire of helicopter-assisted adventure excursions widen: fly out to fish, hike or glacier trek the seemingly limitless surroundings. Après-ski (and après-adventure) luxuries await back at the lodge, which is situated on the grounds of what had once been an avalanche safe roadhouse built in 1949. The dilapidated building was bulldozed and rebuilt in 2012 and the result is a boutique hotel that stands out for its modern, contemporary design. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto either glacier or forest from each of the 24 rooms, and there’s a gym, yoga space and spa. Après-ski (and après-adventure) treats include a fine dining restaurant with a focus on local seafood, meat and game, and the reopened Tsaina Bar, legendary among early freeskiiers.
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35 Richardson Hwy, Valdez, AK 99686, USA
+1 907-835-3535