Arctic Valley Ski Bowl - 1971

Fort Richardson

Anchorage, Alaska

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Lift Ticket

The ski bowl was manned by military personnel from various units on Ft Richardson. All were enlisted except for a Lt who was in co-charge with the civilian manager Fred Murdough. The crew worked Tuesday thru Sunday with Monday off. They were divided, based on experience, between ski patrol, lift operators, or inside crew issuing tickets, boots, and skis. There were also several drivers that ran the arctic deuce-and-a-halves up and down the hill to Ft Rich to bus people back and forth. As of October 2009, Fred was 85 and still skiing!


Bear Paw Lodge


Central Fireplace in Lodge

Early morning before opening

Icicles on Lodge

Ski Bowl Crew - 1971
Fred Murdough Green Shirt

Boot Room in issue hut

Ski Room in issue hut

Issue Hut

Issue Hut

Issue Hut

Issue Hut

Snow drift outside repair hut

Night lights

View from top of T100

View from top of T100

Northern lights over ski bowl

Looking down from ski bowl into valley where old slope was.

Looking down from ski bowl into valley where old slope was.


View from intermediate lift shack
From left to right - First aid hut, issue hut, repair shack.

View of civilian side and military side

View of civilian side and military side - note old ski jump (arrow)

Marmot with spaghetti at issue hut

Perhaps Italian?