Mt. Eyak Ski Area fires up for the season

Mt. Eyak Ski Area's snowmaker fires up near the end of the day on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 to add a little extra cover to the Bunny Hill. (Photo by Vivian Kennedy/The Cordova Times)

With blue skies and cold temps, winter enthusiasts hit the slopes over the final days of Christmas vacation.

Jan. 3 marked opening day of Mt. Eyak Ski Area, with the big hill in operation from noon to 3 p.m. and the rope tow running from 11 a.m. to dark. Operations manager Dave Branshaw and crew gave Mother Nature a little boost by utilizing the ski area’s snowmaker throughout the weekend.

Maverick Kennedy, 4, wraps up his first day on the slopes on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. He tried both snowboard and skis, and when asked which he favored, replied, “Skiing, because I can go faster.” (Photo by Vivian Kennedy/The Cordova Times)

Positive words and thank-yous dusted Mt. Eyak Ski Area’s Facebook page surrounding the 2019 opening:

“Well done Dave and crew. Way to keep it spinning. Now get some rest!” wrote Jim Fritsch.

“Thank you, Mt. Eyak for being part of Cordova’s heart! Sigh, how many runs … missing it!!” commented Penny Oswalt.

“Dave, you and your crew Rock. It was amazing up there this past weekend. Keep up the great work,” noted April Horton.

Shyla Olsen and daughter Jazlyn West, 3, take a break from working at the rental shop to enjoy some turns on the Bunny Hill on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (Photo by Vivian Kennedy/The Cordova Times)

Vivian Kennedy is the Administrative Assistant for The Cordova Times and mother to Maverick Kennedy, pictured in this story.