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Easter Weekend at Alyeska Resort
April 15, 2014

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Easter is a great holiday hands down. Celebrating with family over a delicious brunch, hunting for Easter eggs and catching the sunrise in the mountains during an early morning service is what this spring holiday is all about. Alyeska Resort is celebrating all weekend with activities and events for the ...Read More

Easter Weekend at Alyeska Resort,



Lucero Takes Over the Sitzmark!
April 02, 2014

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April at Alyeska Resort kicks off in impressive style with new snow and great music featuring Memphis based, alt country/rock n roll band Lucero. Lucero is many things, the base of which is centered on alt-country. With the base of alt-country they add a variety of rock styles including punk ...Read More

Lucero Takes Over the Sitzmark!,



The Best Week EVER!
March 15, 2014

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Seeing these plates, makes me happy. “This has been the best week of the season so far.” – Pistol Pete, local Alyeskan We woke up today experiencing malaise, long breakfasts, and some annoyance with our cars having been towed last night at the Bear’s Tooth Grill.  We got the cars back by ...Read More

The Best Week EVER!,



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roundhouse_museumRoundhouse Museum

Half a century ago, 11 Girdwood residents passed the hat and raised enough money to purchase what became the land base for a major ski area. Through initiative and perseverance, the 11 formed the Alyeska Ski Corporation and developed a ski area that was small in assets but big in promise. They did it because they understood that the Valley’s future lay in its golden slopes.

They found a French Baron who shared their dream. Francois de Gunzburg installed a poma lift, built ski trails and a day lodge and ordered Chair 1, a 5,700-foot double chairlift that rose 2,000 vertical feet. The upper terminus of the chairlift became known as the Roundhouse.

Built in 1960, the Roundhouse sits on an exposed ridge, 2,280 feet above sea level. The distinctive octagonal building first served as a warming hut and later as a popular mountain gathering place, complete with restaurant and lounge. Alyeska’s ski patrol used the lower level as its headquarters.

roundhouse_dogToday, the Roundhouse symbolizes the importance and culture of outdoor recreation to this Valley’s legacy, much like Crow Creek Mine serves as an icon of the Valley’s golden past. In summer, the Roundhouse turned into a visitor center for people to enjoy the alpine environment and the panoramic view that encompasses two mountain ranges, seven glaciers and scenic Turnagain Arm.

But age took its toil and public use all but ended in 1992 when the Glacier Terminal and aerial tram opened in 1992. The building was placed on the National Historic Register in 2003 in recognition of its significance to the development and culture of skiing and other outdoor activities in Alaska.

The Roundhouse renovation began in 2003 with seed money from the Turnagain Arm Kenai National Heritage Corridor Communities Association. Since then, approximately $1.9 million for the project has been raised through a combination of public and private money, including the Rasmuson and Atwood Foundations, the National Park Service, HUD and the Eddie Gendzwill estate.

Learn more about Alyeska Resort's rich skiing and outdoor culture. Admission to the museum is free. Open year-round. Visit the museum website.

Photos courtesy of the Roundhouse at Alyeska Museum. 



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