• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 45s

Warm weather cuts into snow-driven business

By KTVA Alaska 9:05 PM January 21, 2014

Chinook winds wreak havoc on winter recreation and related business.

ANCHORAGE - Cameron Bain said winter has been good to snow-driven businesses like Hilltop Ski Area.

“The season has been fantastic,” Bain said, the Hilltop Ski Area manager. “We’ve had great numbers, the temperatures have been great.”

Tustumena 200 Race Director Tami Murray said gearing up for the season has been so good that organizers were able to double the race winner’s prize.

“It would’ve been $50,000,” Murray said. “We had a really good year of fundraising and we doubled our purse.”

‘Would’ve,’ however, is the operative word. Due to the unseasonably warm weather, Murray said, the race is at risk of being cancelled.

“Very, very disappointing. We work hard year-round on this race,” Murray said. “To come up to the week of, and the temperatures are just not workable.”

The warm temps are also affecting winter recreation areas like Hilltop, Alyeska Resort and Mt. Eyak in Cordova have also been impacted by the warm weather.

“We’ve had a couple of closures,” Bain said. “We were closed on Friday. Saturday we had a delayed opening. And that definitely affects our numbers, having to cancel ski school, not being open.”

Alyeska was closed Tuesday and posted a message on its Facebook page that it would be closed Wednesday as well due to the warm weather.

It isn’t just winter recreation areas affected, but also the businesses that surround these sites that depend on the traffic they pull in.

The owners of The Bake Shop, which sits at the base of Alyeska, said the warm weather cuts into her business when it forces the ski resort to close.

These winter recreation areas do have equipment to make snow, but said it’s expensive and tedious and with temperatures above freezing, that snow would just melt too.

Ski area and resort workers said the best they can do now is hope for more typical Alaska winter temps to return.

The T200 race director said if they cancel the race this year, that $50,000 prize will be rolled into next year’s purse.  The decision on whether to cancel the race or not will be made Monday.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Literacy & Longboarding: Anchorage teen starts project to bring awareness to dyslexia

    by Sierra Starks on May 31, 15:20

    From the top of the long, winding road of Potter Heights Drive, the view of Anchorage below is breathtaking. To get to the bottom of the hill, and onto the Seward Highway, some take their bikes; others drive their vehicles. But Casey Conner prefers to tackle the downhill on his longboard. Casey got hooked on […]

  • News

    Moderate earthquake rocks Alaska Peninsula

    by Associated Press on May 31, 13:48

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A moderate earthquake Tuesday afternoon knocked light objects off shelves in two rural Alaska communities. The Alaska Earthquake Center says the quake was felt strongly in Perryville and Chignik in the region of the Alaska Peninsula. The center recorded the shaking at 12:51 p.m. The quake had a preliminary magnitude of […]

  • News

    North Slope Police looking for suspect who shot at officers

    by Associated Press on May 31, 13:33

    Police in Barrow are searching for a man suspected of firing a gun at officers. The North Slope Borough Police Department says officers are looking for 27-year-old Herbert Adams in connection to the incident. Police at about 6 p.m. Monday took a call of shots fired at a home. When officers arrived, shots directed at […]

  • News

    2 dead after boat capsizes in Glacier Bay

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 31, 12:49

    A father and son were killed Monday when the fishing vessel they were traveling in capsized in Glacier Bay, in southeast Alaska, according to National Park Service spokesperson Tom VandenBerg. The men have been identified as Larry Roger McWilliams, 75 of Oregon, and Gary Roger McWilliams, 48 of California. In a release from NPS, they […]

  • Lifestyle

    Could a change to the packaging help stop tobacco use?

    by CBS News on May 31, 11:51

    The United Nations’ health agency says “plain packaging” on tobacco products has shown to be an effective complement to health warnings, advertising restrictions, and curbs on misleading packaging to help save lives. The World Health Organization released Tuesday an 86-page report on “plain packaging,” hoping to decrease the lure of smoking on “World No Tobacco Day.” WHO Director General […]

  • Politics

    Alaska Senate passes compromise budget

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on May 31, 7:38

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Latest on action by the Alaska Legislature during the special session (all times local): 2:30 p.m. The Alaska Senate has approved a compromise state operating budget, the timing of which is aimed at preventing layoff warnings from being sent to state employees Wednesday. The House is expected to vote later […]

  • News

    Two Southwest Alaska wildfires grow, expected to merge

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 31, 6:00

    Last updated at 7:40 p.m. on Monday, May 30 Windy conditions helped the Medfra Fire grow Monday, according to Alaska Division of Forestry spokeswoman Sarah Saarloos. She said the new size of the fire hadn’t been determined. Fire crews were staging in Nikolai and awaiting additional resources, according to Saarloos. The Medfra fire was expected […]

  • Lifestyle

    First cruise ship of summer docks in Anchorage for Memorial Day weekend

    by Daniella Rivera on May 30, 22:52

    It’s officially tourist season as the first cruise ship of the year has docked at the Port of Anchorage for Memorial Day, bringing hundreds of passengers to the city. The average tourist spends about $941 in Alaska during their stay. With oil prices still low, every dollar they put into the local economy helps. “We […]