The weather kept emergency crews and ski areas busy Saturday.
ANCHORAGE- The snow came down strong in Southcentral Alaska Saturday, piling up on the ski slopes and the roads.
Fire and tow trucks kept busy heading out to accidents and responding to cars in ditches. Anchorage police reported more than 40 accidents were called in to 911; none involved critical injures.
On local ski slopes, including Hilltop Ski Area, the inches added up. People took advantage of the powder by skiing and snowboarding on slopes that had been covered in ice for the past few weeks. Manager Rick Cramer said it’s the best snow he’s seen all season.
Bo Stone showed off Alaska’s snow to his family visiting from Florida for the holidays.
“This is the first time it’s snowed like this for almost an entire day,” Stone said. “You just never know when you’re going to get it.”
“This looks like it’s going to be the busiest day of the season so far,” Cramer said.
All the runs at Hilltop are open.
For Stone, the fresh powder is a snowboarder’s dream but for his 9-year-old cousin Elena it’s a different story.
“It’s very snowy and I just don’t like riding up the chair lift with snow in my eyes or skiing down with snow in your eyes,” Elena said.