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Signature Events

Alyeska Resort celebrates the great Alaskan outdoors and rich cultural heritage of the region throughout the year with our signature events. With an abundance of outdoor activities, Alyeska is the perfect backdrop for weekend festivities. From family-friendly events such as the Blueberry Festival to rowdy good times at Oktoberfest, visitors can combine adventures inspired by Mother Nature with a full calendar of Alyeska Resort events.


Summer

Fiddlehead Music Festival (June 4 & 5, 2016)
This weekend features fiddle-pickin' great music. Join us for a celebration of the fiddlehead fern season and summer music in the mountains!  This family-oriented outdoors event features live music, local arts and crafts booths, beer and wine garden, kid's activities and more!

Blueberry Festival (August 20 & 21, 2016)
A celebration of the lush blueberry season, this family-oriented outdoors event features over two dozen arts & crafts booths in The Hotel Alyeska Pond Courtyard, as well as live music and all the blueberry concoctions you can try. Blueberry picking and eating is encouraged; find your own secret stash.

Fungus Fair (August 26 - 28, 2016)
Just in time for prime mushroom picking season, Fungus Fair is a multi-faceted weekend of forays, naturalist presentations, outdoor concert, culminating with a Fabulous Fungus Formal featuring multi-courses showcasing local fungus treasures. The event benefits the Girdwood Center for Visual Arts.

Alyeska Climbathon (September 2 - 5, 2016)
Challenge your vertical capacity while climbing for a cause. Run or hike the North Face Trail, with friends and family, while raising money to help end womens cancers. Set on the North Face Trail (2.2 miles top to bottom with 2,000 vertical elevation gain), competitors head up the trail and download on the Aerial Tram for nine hours. The winner is the one who logs the most laps in the given time frame. 

Mountain Bike Festival (September 2 - 5, 2016)
3 days of biking-themed competitions including whips & tricks, wheelie comp, downhill race and the popular Pond Crossing, where competitors attempt to cross a floating bridge without falling into the cold water.

Oktoberfest  (2 Weekends! Sept. 16 & 17 & Sept. 23 & 24, 2016)  
Autumn would not be the same without a festive atmosphere celebrating the many attributes of beer. Both weekends include authentic German fare, souvenir mugs, polka band plue live music by some of Alaska's favorite bands.

Halloween  (October 29, 2016)
On Saturday, October 29, in partnership with the Alaska Railroad, the Alyeska Halloween Train is scheduled for a mid-afternoon departure from Anchorage to the haunted Hotel Alyeska, featuring a buffet dinner and one-way train ride from Anchorage to Girdwood with return by coach bus the next day. The resort is  also hosting its popular Halloween Concert in the Daylodge on Saturday, October 29.

Winter

Opening Day! (November 24, 2016)
It's finally here! The first day of skiing and riding for the 2015/16 winter season.

Ski Patrol Auction (December 3, 2016)
A rowdy fundraiser at the Sitzmark to benefit the resort's Avalanche Canine Program, which currently supports five dogs - Zooka, Fundy, Yuki, Kilo & Monty. Ten (un)willing patrollers from Alyeska's Ski Patrol will be featured and each live auction winner will win an early morning ski with their patroller of choice. 

Torchlight Parade & Fireworks (December 31, 2016)
A New Year's Eve tradition, the Torchlight Parade lights up Mt. Alyeska as skiers and snowboarders ski down the mountain in formation with flares. A stunning fireworks show immediately follows the parade.

Telepalooza 2017 (February 24- Feb 26, 2017
The Jeff Nissman Memorial Telemark Festival is a celebration of the telemark community that includes clinics, fun races, demos, live music, and tons of fun. All events are free and all raffle proceeds will benefit SheJumps, a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the participation of women and girls in outdoor activities.

North Face Vertical Challenge (February 24, 2017)
Skiers and snowboarders test their endurance during the North Face Vertical Challenge, a day-long race in which 50 competitors vie to see who can get the most accumulated vertical on the North Face from 9:30 am until 5:30 pm. Click here for more information.

Spring Carnival (April 7 - 9, 2017)
With one of the longest ski seasons in North America, Alyeska Resort embraces spring in typical Alaskan fashion. Spring Carnival takes advantage of the long days with extended hours of lift operations, great spring-skiing conditions, and Alyeska’s largest and most popular winter event, Slush Cup, where competitors dressed in zany costumes attempt to skim across a 90-foot long pool of freezing water. Other activities include the Sitzmark Costume Party, Idiot Swim, Dummy Downhill, XTRATUF Pull Tug-of-War,  live music, and more!