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Location DB > United States > Alaska > Cleary Summit > Cleary Summit Ski Area
Cleary Summit Ski Area
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created by AKphill on 9/27/2008 7:22 AM
last modified by AKphill on 9/27/2008 8:02 AM
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The remains of an A-frame style lodge and a few shacks scattered about. The T-bar lift building still has its motor.
 Basic Information
Type: Ruins/Outdoors
Status: Abandoned/Partly Destroyed
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information

Cleary Summit, Alaska
United States
Owner: Unknown
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • thick undergrowth
  •  Interesting Features
    The lodge foundation has lots of rusty fixtures scattered about. There's some small shacks down at the end of the ski runs and the old lift and motor shed is still standing.
     Security Measures
  • nothing
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1949
    Closed: 1993
     Required Equipment
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment

    "Name of Ski Area: Cleary Summit
    Location: Mile 21 - Steese Highway, northeast of Fairbanks
    Type of Area: Ski Hill
    Dates of Operation: 1949 to 1993
    Who Built It?: Built and run by the Bob McCann Family. Link Imeson was partners with Bob McCann in the development of Cleary Summit.
    Base/Top/ Vertical Drop: Base: ~1500' / Top: ~2400' / Vertical: ~900'

    Lifts: Late 40's, early 50's: rope tow below and above the highway

    50's: 2 rope tows above the highway, one below

    Late 50's, early 60's: T-bar installed below the road

    70's or 80's: upper rope tows removed and replaced with a T-bar

    80s: A beginner Poma lift was installed.

    Facilities: During the course of Cleary Summit's operation there were four lodges. Three lodges were located above the road at the same location and all of them burned. The fourth and final lodge was built below the road. In the 80's snowmaking was installed. On January 29, 2008 the abandoned fourth lodge burned down (see pictures and article below).

    History: When Cleary Summit closed, the Poma, T-bar and snowmaking equipment was sold to Hilltop Ski Area in Anchorage. Cleary Summit never was a lighted ski area. For many years the Steese Highway snow plowing ended at Cleary Summit, so there was no problem skiing across the road from the upper ski area to the lower area because the road was not plowed. Later when the road was routinely plowed in the winter a ramp over the road was considered, but never built." - Alaska Lost Ski Areas.

    On January 29, 2008 the lodge was destroyed by arson.

     Media Coverage - Anchorage Daily News article about the fire.
     Future Plans
    Probably nothing.

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    Bad idea, good location.
    Sat, Sep 27th, 2008
    posted by AKphill
    12 pictures
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    Sun, May 3rd, 2009
    posted by Freak
    10 pictures

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     Web Links
    http://www.alsap.o...t/ClearySummit.htm - historic and current photos including the fire.

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 5/5/2009 11:34 PM.

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  • on May 5 09 at 23:34, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on May 3 09 at 16:13, Freak added some pictures to a gallery
  • on May 3 09 at 16:06, Freak created a new gallery
  • on Sep 29 08 at 17:08, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Sep 29 08 at 7:59, AKphill updated gallery Bad idea, good location.
  • on Sep 27 08 at 18:52, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Sep 27 08 at 8:02, AKphill made this location available
  • on Sep 27 08 at 8:02, AKphill changed the following: Notes for Mods, Owner, Type, City, Province / State (please use full name), Country, Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Prefer Satellite, Publically Viewable, History, Year Built, Year Closed, Status, Accessibility, Hazards, Interesting Features, Recommendation, Security Measures, Required Equipment, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Description, Web Links
  • on Sep 27 08 at 7:45, AKphill updated gallery Bad idea, good location.
  • on Sep 27 08 at 7:43, AKphill updated gallery picture Cleary Hill 012
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