Pictures from Cordova Alaska


Just to the north of Cordova is a ski slope. It has a small bunny slope for practice, but the main slope is rather steep.

In mid May, I decided to climb the trail just for the fun of it. This page chronicles that climb and the view from the ski slope.

Climbing the ski slope at Corcova

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Picture of ski lift.

The road to the airport passes along south side of Lake Eyak. On the far side of the lake is the light aircraft runway seen elsewhere. From that road we can see the top of the ski lift and a relay antenna. This looked like a difficult climb for a novice climber.

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Picture of leaf in snow.

The weather was in the low 40s (F) at night and low 50s in the day. As the sun shone on any dark object on the snow, it gathered enough heat to melt down into the snow. This is a leaf that had been laying on top of the snow. It was about four inches lower than the surface. tbd.

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Picture of pine cone in snow.

A small pine cone warms up and sinks down into the snow.

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Picture looking up ski slope.

About halfway up I stopped for a breather and looked around. There were many patches where the snow had melted, but most of the climb was over snow.

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Picture of Midway cabin.

Partway up the slope is a shack named Midway. It is much higher than midway to the top.

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Picture of harbor from Midway.

Taking a breather at Midway and a look over the harbor.

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Picture to east from Midway.

A view to the east from Midway.

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Picture of final assault.

Rest period is over. Hit that final assault.

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Halfway up final phase.

Halfway up the final phase.

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Picture at top of lift.

Made it to the top. I neglected to take pictures of the top, but here is one from Keith, a co-worker who climbed on an earlier day.

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Picture to east, Lake Eyak.

Now that we are at the top, lets take a look around. This is towards the east. Lake Eyak winds through the middle of the picture.

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Picture of road to airport.

Zooming in towards the east we can see the road to the Cordova airport at the bottom of the screen as it winds around the edge of Lake Eyak. It disapears around the base of the mountain and goes over a small bridge where Lake Eyak drains out towards the sea. Reappearing in the lower center of the picture, the road takes a straight shot out to the aiport. The single east/west runway can be seen in the distance. At the airport the road becomes crushed rock and heads out to Scott glacier, about 30 miles further.

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Picture towards east.

Zooming in a bit more, we see the road winding around the base of the mountains on the other side of Lake Eyak. At the base of the small peninsula the red roof of the Powder House if barely visible. We ate dinner there several times. There is a bar, an outdoor eating area, a nice fire place, and a bit of a stage for performers. May is not a big month for tourists so we had no entertainment while we were there.

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Picture of Power House.

Just in case, this is a better view of the peninsula. Can't see the Powder house much better. But you can see the road and construction on the peninsula.

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Picture looking north.

Turning left and looking north we find the peak of Mount Eyak (I think that is the name) There is a trail that continues from the top of the ski lift to the peak. Being alone and not familiar with the area, I did not take the opportunity. Hopefully, next time.

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Picture to the south.

About face and take a look south over the eastern part of Cordova. The road to the airport in on the far side of most of the housing. The small lake near the center is next to the only health center in town.

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Picture over harbor.

This looks a bit to the right over the harbor. Download the large picture and look at the mud flats next to the harbor and in the center of the inlet. After walking around the area a bit, I learned that it isn't mud but crushed rock: The mountains ground up by the glaciers. There's been a lot of heavy duty grinding going on for a lot of years.

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Picture to the west.

The inlet leading to Cordova Harbor continues off in the west.

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Picture of island to the west.

Moving around to the north west we find another island.

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Picture looking down.

That's enough looking around, time to head back down. Going down hill looks more difficult than going up. Unfortunately, I did not think about this part of the walk until too late. My pants were not tough enough to take a slide all the way down on the snow. With some kind of sled, this would have been fun. But the sled would definately need a brake.

July 2007