Avalanches in open ski areas are rare, but do occur on occasion. Alyeska Resort is now requiring beacons in the following hike-to outer areas: High Silver, Low Sunspots Traverse, Headwall, Moneys, Max's and Glacier Bowl. Not only will this new policy raise avalanche awareness, it also raises the odds of a live recovery should a person get caught or buried while skiing or riding in this steep, avalanche prone terrain.
Beacons can be rented at both rental locations for $20 per day. Learn more>
Who are we?
Alyeska Pro Patrol
Full and Part time paid positions covering the mountain seven days a week from the beginning until the end of the ski season during operating hours.
National Ski Patrol Volunteers that supplement our staff during busy times like weekends and holidays. When Alyeska’s visitor numbers swell, the Volunteer Patrol plays a crucial role in our ability to provide adequate Ski Patrol coverage for the entire mountain.
Alyeska Avalanche Rescue Dogs
Kilo (Mudi), Fundy and Yuki (Nova Scotian Duck-tolling Retrievers)
What do we do?
We provide basic medical treatment for injured skiers and riders, a free service provided by Alyeska Resort. Alyeska Ski Patrol trains each fall and continually during the season to keep up with any changing protocols within the Outdoor Emergency Care curriculum and to keep our skills sharp. Additional to the OEC certification that we all carry, many of our patrollers hold other certifications and licenses such as WFR, EMT I, II, III, Paramedic, and Physician’s Assistant.
We train in many types of extrication methods and use a variety of tools and equipment to transport a person in need to the base area from anywhere within our boundaries. At the base area we may use a snow machine for transportation and further up the mountain we may place guests in a sled known as a Ski Patrol Toboggan for transportation to the base area. As the difficulty of the terrain compounds, we begin using ropes and high angle rescue techniques such as complex multi-anchor mechanical advantage systems to aid our rescue efforts.
Avalanche Search and Rescue
We work on a mountain that contains an enormous amount of avalanche terrain, therefore we train often for avalanche search and rescue. All patrollers carry a beacon, shovel, and probe at all times. We are also equipped with the RECCO detection system, and of course the members of the dog rescue team - Zooka, Fundy and Yuki.
Alyeska Resort has six chairlifts. If any of those experience any kind of mechanical breakdown, we are always ready to step in.
Where are we?
We are out ski patrolling the mountain of course! We also have patrol stations around the mountain stocked with medical and rescue equipment appropriate for its location.
First Aid Room
This is our base area headquarters and the location we transport all patients to from the hill. To contact the Aid Room by phone call 907-754-2270.
The Roundhouse Ski Patrol Dispatch
Located on the bottom floor of the Historical Roundhouse Building, this is where all of our communications centralize. If you are on the mountain and need help, or if you find an injured skier or rider in your travels you can tip us off with a phone call to our Accident Reporting hotline at 907-754-2500.
Top of Two Patrol Station
The building we call home for our Top Patrol Station is the top lift station of the original Chair Two, the base of which was destroyed by an avalanche in 1974. It is from this point that we prepare to respond to anything in our open area.