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Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area

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 usually the first hill in the interior to open for the season. Birch Bites inside the lodge is there when you're ready to refuel after hitting the slopes. No outside food or beverages are allowed inside the lodge. 

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.

Civilian Rec Pass

Experience Birch Hill's Downhill slopes!

One pass for the entire season!

The Birch Hill Ski Recreation Pass permits individuals entrance to the post through gates during Birch Hill Ski Area operating hours. Pass cannot be used to gain access for any other purpose. Pass holders will adhere to all local installation policies and laws. 

Rec Pass is Free!

Birch Hill lift fees, tubing, day pass, and rental fees still apply.


Documents are required:

Photo ID-  Photo identification card issued by the State of Alaska or local government agency, official Tribal/Bureau, provided it is Real ID compliant and/or contains information (name, DOB, gender, height, eye color, and address with picture) of local resident. Minors must be escorted by a parent or authorized, in writing, escort. Escorts must also meet requirements to receive a recreation pass.

Proof of Address- To verify residence from Fairbanks North Star Borough, Delta Junction, Central and Healy, AK. Requestors will be vetted against federal databases at the Visitor Center.

For smoother processing, visit the Visitor Center on Tuesday to Thursday: 11:30am - 3:30pm and 6:00pm - 9:00pm. However, passes can be obtained anytime the visitor center is open.


Pass Prices

Day Pass:
Military and DoD ID-Cardholder and Sponsored Guests 

Adult $35
Youth (6-17 years old) $25
Children 5 and under  Free
Authorized Guest Adult $45
Authorized Guest Child $35


Individual Season Pass:
Military and DoD ID-Cardholder Only 



E7 and above including Military Retirees
and DoD-Civilians 


Youth (6-17 years old) $250
Children 5 and under Free


Individual Season Pass:
Non-DoD ID-Cardholder 

Individual Season Pass Non-DoD ID-Cardholder, Adult


Individual Season Pass Non-DoD ID-Cardholder, Child



Family Season Pass: 

*up to 2 children, $125 per extra child
E7 and above including Military Retirees
and DoD-Civilians 
*up to 2 children, $200 per extra child
Authorized Guest/ Non-DOD Family Pass (up to 2 adults / 2 Youth under 17) $1300



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

Military and DoD-ID Cardholder


Additional $5 discount for Season Pass Holders

Youth (ages 5-17)

Additional $5 discount for Season Pass Holders 


Non-DoD ID-Cardholder


Additional $5 discount for Season Pass Holders

Youth (ages 5-17)

Additional $5 discount for Season Pass Holders 

Freeze Out Fun Pass for Season Pass Holders

When Birch Hill reaches -20*, it closes for safety purposes.

*Temperatures are taken at the bottom of the hill, and may differ from weather apps and at-home thermometers.

Season Pass holders are offered other activities** to make up for their missed time on the hill! 

**Subject to facility operating hours and availability.

Check our Facebook page for the most up to date closures and offers.


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 (907) 353-1998 or by emailing to secure your reservation.

Lessons must be reserved by contacting the Birch Hill Ski Area or receiving confirmation from Birch Hill prior to arrival at Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area.

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.

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 Package for E7 & above/Civilians

(Skis, Boots + Poles / Snowboard + Boots)

Includes Helmet


Rental Package for E1-E6/Youth  $25
Ski/Snowboard Boots $10
Helmet $5
Poles $5
Lockers $5


Birch Hill Lodge Rental Contract

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