If you’re like me, you just got a little bit more excited about winter in Cordova. Points North Heli are the folks to see for adventure like this. Either that, or hike it yourself like my friends Rob and Lauren did.
Safety first: Lauren’s checking snow conditions before they get too far up to make sure it’s stable enough. These peaks are pretty steep, so avalanches are no joke. And then the descent! Not many places in the world where you can ski straight down from the mountain top to the ocean: Mt. Eyak, Cordova AK! But for those of us who prefer more tame activities, you can also satiate that outdoor need with:
- Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding at Mount Eyak Ski Area
- Cross Country Skiing
- Iceskating on Sheridan Lake
The latter may be the single thing I am most excited for. Sheridan Lake is basically one gigantic puddle created by the melting of Sheridan Glacier near mile 13 of the Copper River Highway. In the summer, it leaks out by means of Sheridan River, a really sweet little Class III rafting run that is actually the reason behind me ever stepping foot in Cordova in the first place. This is me guiding a raft trip across the placid Sheridan Lake. The trip continues into the roiling Sheridan River. My friend Ben Roberts-Pierel is shown guiding Rock-n-Roll rapids below.Well, enough of this summer stuff. In the winter, as you might imagine, Sheridan River dries up and Sheridan Lake freezes, leaving you with one heck of an iceskating venue. You can glide between icebergs and into bright blue caverns. I haven’t gotten a chance to take part in this epic escapade yet, but I’ve borrowed a couple of pictures from my friends Rob Campbell and Dave Zastrow that tell a pretty great story.
Yes, winters in Cordova can be pretty amazing! But before any of this can happen, we need some snow. I’ve already got my skis out in the entryway. I’m ready. I hope mother nature gets the message.
Join the convo: What’s your favorite thing to do in the winter?