Mount Susitna, also called “The Sleeping Lady,” lies across Cook Inlet from Anchorage, Alaska. A little over thirty miles away and almost 4400 ft high, it dominates the northwest horizon as viewed from Anchorage.
Until earlier this month, we had been in Anchorage only in the summer. In the mostly hazy, often drizzly days of our summer visits, Mount Susitna was not very impressive. Like most of the other mountains around Anchorage, from a distance it appeared dark gray with white strips of snow in the mountainside ravines. For example, the photo below was taken this past July from the beach area at the western edge of Anchorage.
When we visited Anchorage earlier this month, Mount Susitna had a decidedly different look. The photograph below was taken from Kincaid Park at a higher elevation and a few miles southwest from where the above photo was taken. As Anchoragites will tell you, “The Sleeping Lady has put on her winter blanket.”
Anchorage had one of the lowest snowfalls on record this past winter, and we heard plenty of complaints about poor skiing and ice skating conditions. At least there was enough snow to make Mount Susitna much more beautiful than she was last summer.
The locations from which these photos were taken are shown on the map below. Zoom in for more detail.