ALASKA | UNITED STATES
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Alaska Range-The AK range is roughly 400 miles long and is most commonly known for some of the harshest weather in the world. Denali sits at the ranges center as the highest peak in North America. Other prominent peaks include Mt. Hunter (14,573) and Mt. Foraker (17,400).
The Chugach Mountains are where you are when you dream of skiing. Think big lines, lots of snow, and lots of awesomeness. The range is about 500 km (300 mi) long, running generally east-west. Its highest point is Mount Marcus Baker, at 13,176 feet (4,016 m), but most of its summits are not especially high. Even so its position along the Gulf of Alaska ensures more snowfall in the Chugach than anywhere else in the world; an annual average of over 1500 cm (600 in).
The mountains are protected in the Chugach State Park and the Chugach National Forest. Near to Anchorage, they are a popular destination for outdoor activities. The World Extreme Skiing Championships are held annually in the Chugach near Valdez.
Backcountry skiing is dangerous. Use our online backcountry skiing guide at your own risk.