I will be getting stationed at Eielson AFB close to fairbanks and i was wondering how the snowboarding was out here, ive got to have something to look forward to when i goto this cold state coming from california. Well if anyone knows let me know!
There are a bunch of small little ski areas in Alaska. What is nearest to Fairbanks I don't know. I believe there is a little over a month where you are not going to do a lot of riding. Limited to no daylight in the middle of winter. Of course you can probably ride well into June too.
One thing about Alaska is that backcountry riding is where it is at. Get some avy sense and gear and get after it. AK Powder Monkey over at TGR seems to know a bit about the Alaska scene. You may ask him for some help as to what is available in the area.
There is also Birch Hill, which is really close to Ft Wainwright (the Army base about 20 miles north of Eielson) A lot of guys drive down to Alyeska (FAR from Eielson) or to Summit, which is about 4 hours south.
I lived in North Pole (no joke, its between Eielson & Fairbanks) for 10 years, but now I live about 300 miles south in Anchorage.