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Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area

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Due to COVID-19 precautions, Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area has adjusted its operations. PRIOR RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL ACTIVITIES. Please read below for more information.

2020/21 Winter Season Notice:

Fort Wainwright Access: Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area is located within Fort Wainwright boundaries. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, ONLY individuals with access to Fort Wainwright will be able to visit Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area this season. Visit the US Army Garrison Alaska website to learn how to obtain access to Fort Wainwright.

Warming Hut Access: A temporary Warming Hut has been constructed in place of the Birch Hill lodge, which is undergoing construction. Space within the Warming Hut is extremely limited. Capacity restrictions will be strictly adhered to. Birch Hill patrons are encouraged to create a "base camp" at their vehicle, as all non-passholders will not be allowed to loiter in the Warming Hut.

  • No lodge due to construction
  • Temporary warming hut for Lift Ticket holders only. Season passholders must be self-sufficient due to no access to the Warming Hut         

Season Passholders: Season Passholders are the hardiest bunch on the hill! Plan ahead with the knowledge that Season Passholders will not have access to the Warming Hut and must plan ahead as necessary to create a "base camp" at their vehicle. 

  • No access to the warming hut; must set up base camp at personal vehicles
  • On "Free"ze Out Days, where Birch Hill is closed due to temperatures dipping below -10F, Season Passholders receive one BOGO bowling game and shoe rental at Nugget Lanes Bowling Center
  • Hiking and skinning while Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area is in operation (even during Session 1 Tubing) is allowed for Season Passholders and Day Lift Ticket holders

Temperature Cut Off: In order to ensure your safety, to regulate temperatures within the Warming Hut, and mitigate COVID-19 safety precautions, the temperature cut off for a "Free"ze Out Day is - 10F or colder.

  • Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area closes when temperature is -10F or colder
  • Season Passholders receive one BOGO bowling game and shoe rental at Nugget Lanes Bowling Center

Chairlift Update: As of December 17, the chairlift is in operation. All access to the top of Birch Hill is now available via the chairlift.


Keep the whole family busy and physically active during the long Alaskan winter. Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard Area offers skiing, snowboarding and tubing for all ages and abilities. With snow-making capabilities, Birch Hill is the first hill in the interior to open and boasts the only night-skiing venue in the Fairbanks area.

Terrain Park
In addition to the skiing and snowboarding runs a first rate Terrain Park has been constructed with mounds, rails and boxes to do tricks on. Alaskans identify Birch Hill as the best terrain park in the state.

Bunny Hill
Beginner skiers and snowboarders of all ages are welcome at Birch Hill. The Bunny Hill's Magic Carpet lift gives beginners the ability to focus on their newly-learned skills while not having to worry about a chairlift. Simply step onto the moving pad and let it carry you up the hill while you stand comfortably.

Tubing Hill
Snow tubing is a great thrill no matter your age. No experience or skill is necessary to enjoy the selection of three 800 foot runs. Simply hop on your tube, push off and enjoy the ride. A lift makes the ride back to the top of the hill carefree.

Tubing

Tubing tickets must be purchased in person via the Outdoor Recreation Center within the same week of use.

Tubing Hill Pass:

Youth must be 5 years of age and at least 40 inches tall to participate.

Adult $12
Youth (ages 5-17) $10
Family
(2 adults and 5 children: 5 - 17 years old and or a student with a proof of ID, and must all be from same household)
$40
Pass Prices

Lift tickets must be purchased in person via the Outdoor Recreation Center within the same week of use.

Lift Tickets:

Adult $24
Youth (5-17 years old) $20
Family
(2 adults and 5 children: 5 - 17 years old and or a student with a proof of ID, and must all be from same household)
$75

 

Season Pass:

There’s nothing that shows off that dedication like a season pass to Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Hill. With a season pass, you have access to the ski hill every open day of the winter season, at a reduced price. Now that’s dedication. During the 2020-2021 Season, Season Pass Holders will only have access to the ski hill, not the Warming Hut.

Family
(2 adults and 5 children: 5 - 17 years old and or a student with a proof of ID, and must all be from same household)
$400
Adult (18 years and older) $125
Youth (5-17 years old) $120
Lessons

Whether you’re a beginner to skiing or snowboarding, or you are just looking to beef up your skills, Birch Hill offers lessons geared to your needs. Lessons are offered by knowledgeable and very patient staff.

Reservations are required, as demand is high. Book your lesson today by calling +1 (907)361-6350">+1 (907) 361-6350 to secure your reservation.

Lessons must be reserved by contacting the Outdoor Recreation Center prior to arrival at Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area.

Ski or Snowboard Lesson Prices:

DoD Adult / Youth (ages 7 and up): $50
A lift ticket is included in the price of your lesson.

Ski & Snowboard Rentals

No need to worry if you don't have your own skis or snowboard-- our knowledgeable staff will fit your equipment to your expertise level and riding style so that you can have the best possible experience.

Rentals must be purchased within the same week of attendance, and picked up at the Outdoor Recreation Center prior to arrival at Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area.

Please note that equipment rentals do not include a lift ticket.
Minors must have parent or legal guardian present when renting gear and equipment.

Full-Day Equipment Rental:

  Rental Price
Snowboard & Boots $18
Alpine Skis, Boots, Poles $18
Snowboard/Skis Only $10
Youth Ski or Snowboard Package
(Skis & Poles, Snowboard, and Boots)
$16
  • Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard Area
  • Hours:
    Monday
    Closed
    Tuesday
    Closed
    Wednesday
    Closed
    Thursday
    Closed
    Friday
    10:00am-1:00pm
    Session 1: Tubing Only
    1:30pm-6:00pm
    Session 2: Skiing & Snowboarding Only
    Saturday
    10:00am-1:00pm
    Session 1: Tubing Only
    1:30pm-6:00pm
    Session 2: Skiing & Snowboarding Only
    Sunday
    10:00am-1:00pm
    Session 1: Tubing Only
    1:30pm-6:00pm
    Session 2: Skiing & Snowboarding Only
    MLK Day
    10:00am-1:00pm
    Special Occasion - Session 1: Tubing Only
    MLK Day
    2:00pm-5:00pm
    Special Occasion - Session 2: Tubing Only

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