Blueberries, Mother Nature’s fruit snack grown right here in our back yard. These delectable little treats are perfect for pancakes, baked goods or, how I prefer them, in the raw right off the plant while I’m on a hike. They’re [...]
Free music, check. Fun events like trivia and paint night, check. Add that to the “Best Deck in Girdwood” and you have a recipe for good times for the rest of the summer! The Sitzmark is open Friday to Sunday [...]
The Sitzmark Music Scene just keeps getting better and better this summer, and August is no exception. Every Saturday night the Sitzmark holds FREE concerts at 10pm, featuring a new band each week. The Good Time Travelers will be hitting [...]
March 22, 2011
Alyeska Resort Host the 2011 U.S. Adaptive Alpine Championships
The U.S. Adaptive Ski Team will be heading to Alaska's Alyeska Resort for the 2011 U.S. Adaptive Alpine Championships. The events are scheduled over March 22 - 27, 2011 and close to 40 athletes, 40 staff and family members, and countless numbers of local volunteers who will be crucial to the success of the week long event will be there.
March 10, 2011
US adaptive skiers compete at Alyeska
Americans captured three of the five downhill races Tuesday, when the 2011 U.S. Adaptive Alpine Championships got started at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.
June 1, 2011
Alyeska Mountain Bike Park
Trails: Lift-assisted Downhill Mountain Biking is offered on the Tram, Chair 4, & Chair 6. Includes cross-country and freeride features, short boardwalks, logs, and other obstacles. Less difficult single-track and paved trails are also offered on and around the mountain.Details: Bike and helmet rentals are offered through the resort. Lift-access biking requires either a day ticket or summer pass.
June 18, 2011
Alaska on the quick and cheap
We’re riding high in the viewing car gazing at glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, streams and fjords on one of the prettiest train rides in America – the Anchorage to Seward Coastal Classic – when a native Alaskan offers her unsolicited opinion.
July 9, 2011
Alaska adventures are all around
Don't let all those great summertime adventures slip past you! No matter which way you look, there are great opportunities for you, your family and your visiting friends and relatives. Let's take a look at some of my favorites.
January 24, 2011
2nd Annual Alyeska Pipeline Masters Competition Coming January 29
GIRDWOOD, ALASKA - Given current snow levels, Alyeska Resort's freestyle terrain - including two terrain parks and the newly opened super pipe - has been well received with ample usage. The super pipe will host its first competition of the season on Saturday, January 29 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. The competition is called the Alyeska Pipeline Masters and is open to skiers and snowboarders. There will be both cash and prize awards.
June 23, 2011
Ambassadors tour Alaska for big-time networking
Ugandan diplomat Perezi K. Kamunanwire stood gripping a handrail inside the Mount Alyeska tram as it glided to the mountainside restaurant above. Kamunanwire watched patches of algae-covered snow through the window and wondered what the ski resort looked like in winter.
February 23, 2012
Rock 'n' soul: Lucero brings new album on a trip North
Memphis-based group Lucero is more than willing to step up to the plate. The genre bending six-piece band spans the range of alternative country, blues, and straight-up punk rock, all tinted with lead vocalist Ben Nichols’s signature sultry growl.
March 14, 2011
Introducing Dino Vournas and the Aurora Borealis
I wasn't sure why this was such a big deal until I saw a video explaining the phenomenon while visiting the University of the Alaska Museum of the North / Fairbanks. The short story is the northern lights are caused by particles in the atmosphere doing their usual travel though space thing until they get banged around by earth's magnetic field. Add the sun, hiding behind the earth's horizon at night while sending out rays to illuminate the colliding space junk and you've got a colorful glow in the sky.
January 11, 2011
Alyeska introduces on mountain safety awareness week
Recognizing the importance of safety on the slopes and joining a number of U.S. based resort operators for National Safety Awareness Week to be held January 15 to 21, 2011. The primary goal of the week’s activities is to raise awareness among skiers and snowboarders for safe habits and practices on the slopes. The promotional week is designed to reinforce positive practices on the mountain will include rewarding skiers and snowboarders wearing helmets.
October 1, 2011
Kristen Bell of Big Miracle on Alyeska
Q: Did you have your fill of Alaska here or do you think you’d want to come back if there was another production that you were offered?
October 12, 2011
Mom and me and our amazing Alaskan adventure
We were on an Alaskan adventure. It was my Mother’s Day gift, albeit an early one! It is one of the commandments to honour your mother, so I took it a step further and decided to spend quality, fun time with mine. In a mere three weeks, we were going to fly-fish, hike glaciers and explore non-stop, until our Holland America cruise, where we would be pampered endlessly and treated like queens.
December 22, 2011
North American Resorts Set For Extraordinary Christmas
Heavy snow across the West, winter storms in the Midwest, and cold up and down the East Coast and across Canada have set up ski country for one of the best Christmas vacation weeks in memory.
January 20, 2012
Bing Travel: Cozy Winter Lodges
One of Alaska’s major winter playgrounds is Alyeska, one of the few sea-level ski areas in the Northern Hemisphere. (Actually, the base elevation is 250 feet; Girdwood is part of Anchorage, so technically the entire ski area is inside the city limits.) The hotel poised at the foot of the mountain is a massive neo-chateau structure whose spacious, deluxe rooms all have great views of the surrounding Chugach Mountains.
March 28, 2011
Ride The Alyeska Tram In The Land Of Daylight
Alaska draws visitors in summer for its wilderness and long hours of sunshine. Long hours of daylight mean more time for outdoor fun in places such as Alyeska Resort.
June 28, 2011
Disc Golf Season at Alyeska Resort Opens to Public on Free Course
Alyeska Resort opened its 20-acre disc golf course mid-June due to quick melt out in the lower elevations around the Chair 7 vicinity. The course is free and provides resort guests an opportunity to play in the outdoors surrounded by the Chugach Mountains. The course typically operates mid-June through autumn when snowfall becomes a natural ‘hazard’.
February 23, 2012
Snow Day: Alyeska program puts kids on the mountain
Getting up to catch a 7:30 a.m. bus on a Sunday morning might not seem like most kids’ idea of a good time. Unless it’s a snow day.Nearly 90 students from Chugiak-Eagle River joined dozens of their peers from across Anchorage on Feb. 18 in a bus caravan south to Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, where they converged for a program that for two decades has been introducing generations of skiers and boarders to the mountain.
May 1, 2012
After a feast of wild-salmon quesadillas and feta-stuffed Medjool dates, a culinary tour of Anchorage leaves us anything but cold...Driving south to Alyeska Resort for a hike along Winner Creek Trail, which cuts through a mature forest in a glacier valley, I watch the mist tumble off the Chugach Mountains and across the winding Seward Highway. Hundreds of mountain bikers out on a charity ride hug the road like a herd of Gore-Tex-clad Alaskan wildlife, adding a dollop of surrealism to the scenery. Written by Amy Rosen
December 31, 2011
Fireworks sales brisk with new law in effect
Fireworks enthusiasts flocked to stands along the Parks Highway in Houston on Thursday in anticipation of lighting up Southcentral skies with their own colorful displays on New Year's Eve. The increased buzz was about new ordinance amendments lifting fireworks bans in both Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough on New Year's Eve as residents ring in 2011.
December 14, 2011
Skiers descend on Alyeska for alpine ski races
Abundant snow and good opportunities to advance in their sport await a large field of alpine skiers this week at Alyeska Ski Resort. The Alaska Best Water December FIS Series has attracted 120 skiers, including more than 80 from Outside, for a four-day series that begins Thursday. They'll be racing on three feet of new snow in Girdwood.
June 30, 2011
Flying High With Eskimo Olympic Snowboarder Callan Chythlook-Sifsof
Callan was born and raised in what the locals call the Alaskan bush, in Aleknagik, north of Dillingham, some 400 plus miles north of Anchorage, only accessible by air or boat. It is one of the most remote areas in North America. She was bitten by the snowboarding bug at the age of seven, when she made use of a small hill behind her grandpa’s house. She followed her big brother to larger hills, and eventually mountains, including Marsh Mountain and the 2,426-foot Mable Mountain. They’d use snowmobiles to get to the mountains, or they’d hike, and fling themselves down the slopes with glee.
February 5, 2012
Big Air, Metal Mayhem come to Girdwood
In my opinion, February's only saving grace is that it ends earlier than all the other months and it's not March, which in my experience actually sucks more. For Alaskans, it's typically one of the coldest times of the year. Perhaps that's part of the reason I was so impressed by the collaborative efforts being put forth into the Frostbite Festival this month.
May 18, 2011
Alyeska Resort Introduces A Weekend Focused on Gardens & Bulbs
May 23, 2011 (Girdwood, Alaska) – Alyeska Resort continues to broaden its summer offerings with its inaugural Alyeska Garden Weekend scheduled for June 4 and 5, 2011. Long-time Girdwood resident and resort employee, Master Gardener Robbie Frankevich will be offering presentations and guided garden tours at The Hotel Alyeska both Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M.
January 1, 2012
The Gift of Snow Comes to East Coast, Pacific Northwest & Northern Rockies
December 27, 2011 - The holiday sweater, new razor and socks were all nice gifts. But, the item atop your wish list is about to come true: finally some SNOW.
July 17, 2011
Just getting to glaciers part of the fun Education classes
Our recent adventure in Alaska took us south of Anchorage for some glaciers. Getting there was awesome -- the mountain ranges and the bays were breathtaking.
January 11, 2011
Wear helmet, win prize at Alyeska
The campaign begins Saturday and runs through Friday, Jan. 21, as part of the National Safety Awareness Week program administered by the National Ski Area Association.
January 1, 2012
Huffington Post Travel Ski Guide Featuring Alyeska Resort
Alyeska Resort in Alaska is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Alyeska Resort, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
June 22, 2011
An Icelander in Alaska
GIRDWOOD -- Iceland President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson looks perfectly in his element at Alyeska Resort here. His comfort level, though he is thousands of miles from his hometown of Ísafjörður and is tested by the stories of bear sightings floating around the hotel lobby, should probably be expected. Grímsson is in the middle of his fourth consecutive term as president of Iceland, and he has shared his expertise on Arctic policy with more groups and at more conferences than he can remember.
January 18, 2012
In Alaska, Winter Wonder At 20 Below
January 18, 2012 - You've probably heard recent news about the extreme weather in Alaska this past month. It's been snow, wind and more snow around here with weather dipping well into minus double digits. We've been shoveling non-stop just to keep the roofs from caving in and the snow from obscuring the doorways. We have to work to keep pathways to and fro carved into the six feet or more of snow covering the ground. It might seem a little out there to come to such a place for rest and relaxation, but I'll let you in on a little secret: For many people living in Alaska, it's our favorite time of year.
July 12, 2011
New Matchstick Ski Film to Premiere in Boulder
Crested Butte, CO – Matchstick Productions (MSP) has announced its latest offering to skiing’s celluloid legacy. “Attack of La Niña: The Bitch is Back” will debut at the famed Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colo., on Sept. 17, 2011.
June 21, 2011
Mayor Itta: State too much of an industry cheerleader
GIRDWOOD -- North Slope Borough Mayor Edward Itta blasted the governor’s administration Tuesday before a collection of national and world leaders as wrongheaded, divisive and ignorant of local communities' needs in the way it has handled Arctic development.
March 14, 2011
As the Bull Wheel Turns Alaska offers mix of culture, winter sports opportunities
This past week I attended the North American Snowsports Journalists Association National Annual Meeting at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska. This was a real treat as I have never skied in Alaska and this opportunity for adventure was hard to pass up. Hosted by the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, there was no lack of things to do while visiting.
June 24, 2011
Mountain biking season opens at Alyeska
Mountain bikers rode the trails of Alyeska Resort during a preview opening for riders on Thursday, June 23, 2011. Alyeska Resort will start its first full season of downhill mountain biking with lift access on Friday, June 24. It's an endeavor that mountain services manager Brian Burnett says Alyeska has spent three years planning and building trails for. The resort plans to open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 6pm, weather permitting. Chair lifts 3 and 4 will be running at the start of the season. Access to higher trails on the mountain via Chair 6 and the tramway will open later in the summer.
June 24, 2011
Challenging Mount Alyeska on wheels
Mountain bikers rode the trails of Alyeska Resort during Thursday's preview opening, and today Alyeska will start its first full season of downhill biking with lift access. Mountain services manager Brian Burnett says Alyeska has spent three years building trails for mountain biking. The trails will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting.
February 6, 2012
Girdwood, AK Makes National Geographic List
Just what makes a classic ski town? It starts, naturally, with skiing and snowboarding so good they attract people like youth-bestowing fountains. Then add an inviting mountain burg steeped in ski heritage, amenities, and culture. These are the 25 best. For insider tips, we asked local luminaries where to stay, play, and party, whether you're on a budget or indulging. — Aaron TeasdaleA former gold-mining town carved out of the forest at the foot of the famed Chugach Mountains, Girdwood has refashioned itself into Alaska’s premier ski town.
December 7, 2011
Alyeska has new chief of the Powder Police
Ideally, you'll never see Ben Habecker or any of his 54 red-jacketed employees or 67 volunteers on the hill. Habecker, the new ski patrol director at Alyeska Resort, roams the mountain, an eye peeled for trouble.
December 1, 2011
Southcentral ski areas say season off to promising start
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Hundreds of Alaskan skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes this Thanksgiving weekend to take advantage of fresh powder -- but in tough times, will ski resorts face an uphill battle this year?The economic downturn hit the industry hard, as people couldn't afford lift tickets and all the gear that goes along with it. But here in Alaska, local ski areas say this year's season is off to a good start.
June 19, 2011
Reimagining the Arctic
GIRDWOOD -- The warming Arctic Ocean is opening up to shipping, tourism and oil exploration, with the eight countries bordering its fringes all vying to claim their bounty in the natural resource-rich territory.
April 21, 2011
Alyeska Spring Carnival
Take a look at the competition from Alyeska Resort's Spring Carnival and the Taco Bell Slush Cup.
November 27, 2011
Snowmachiners, skiers hit Turnagain, Alyeska slopes
Lured by bluebird skies, snowmachiners and skiers flocked to slopes south of Anchorage on Friday to sample the fresh coat of snow deposited on Thanksgiving.
October 17, 2011
Chasing the Northern Lights
Ribbons of ethereal light emerge from the deep darkness of the northern sky, unfurling and rippling slowly, a flurry of multi-hued magic sweeping across the horizon. Beautiful, breathtaking and bewitching, the Northern Lights – technically called Aurora Borealis, meaning ‘dawn of the north’ – have quite rightfully earned the title of ‘nature’s greatest show’.
October 1, 2011
Spooky Fun at Alyeska Resort
As fall foliage gives way to a layer of crisp frost and cooler temperatures, Alyeska Resort is on the hunt for Halloween festivities for all ages. All Hallow’s Eve represents the last “hurrah” before the resort prepares for the biggest event of all winter: opening day of the 2011/12 ski season. This year, the resort offers the Kid’s Carnival on Friday, October 28, as well as two adult-focused events on Saturday, October 29 including the Alyeska Mystery Train in partnership with the Alaska Railroad and Halloween Concert in the Alyeska Daylodge.
January 1, 2011
June 9, 2010- Alyeska Resort's summer freestyle camp starts off with perfect conditions, new half-pipe and strong participation
June 9, 2010 (Girdwood, Alaska) – Close to one hundred skiers and snowboarders participated on the first day on Alyeska Resort’s two-week long Summer Camp program. With favorable weather, ample snow depth and a partnership with terrain park construction experts, Snow Grind, the features, rails and half pipe were well received by camp participants.
October 9, 2011
Head on with the Wilderness
Like many things in Alaska, the beauty masks a deeply unsettling potential for danger. With its densely wooded groves giving way to mudflats that stretch out into the Cook Inlet, the Anchorage foreshore offers a shady path for a rigorously active urban population.
June 16, 2011
The Arctic Imperative: Alaska Summit Convenes
Climate changes are making the Arctic region more accessible than ever before. Shipping growth and new traffic are driving new development opportunities and present unique cultural and policy implications.
May 11, 2011
Mounting Alyeska, the hard way
Alaska is full of places that beckon to tourists but there are few -- at least in my opinion -- that truly call out to seasoned travelers. The hippie hamlet of Girdwood is among them.
November 24, 2011
Wet opening day at Alyeska 'still beats a day at school'
GIRDWOOD, Alaska— Wednesday was the day skiers and snowboarders in Southcentral Alaska have long been waiting for -- opening day at Alyeska Ski Area. Early-season snow and colder temperatures meant snow from top to bottom on Mount Alyeska.
December 23, 2011
La Nina: Where to ski this winter, and why
La Nina, El Nino, ENSO — as skiers we hear these terms all the time. As much as you may or may not be paying attention to what they mean, the children of the Pacific can have a dramatic influence on the winter season, from Tahoe to Alaska. So, if you missed meteorology in college, or haven’t followed current events in over a decade, read on for a description of the predicted La Nina event. Then, start planning trips.
January 1, 2012
In winter, Anchorage’s unique character shines
January 1, 2012 - Summer is tourist season in Anchorage. With ships from seven or eight cruise lines calling there, Alaska’s largest city swarms with tourists. But in winter, Anchorage is very Alaska-centric, with special events that are found nowhere else.
October 31, 2011
10 Great Mountain Towns
From the Alps to Alaska, here are 10 mountain towns that shamelessly seduce with good looks, affordable deals, and year-round appeal. Read on for ways to see some of the best views and hit the town without ever strapping on a pair of skis or pedaling a mountain bike.