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Early season at Alyeska Resort, Alaska greeted with abundant snowfall
December 14, 2011 (Girdwood, Alaska) – With 270 inches of snowfall since October, of which 182 inches has accumulated since the ski season started on November 23, Alyeska Resort is enjoying a strong start to the season. The early season conditions have been optimal and the last storm resulted in up to 40 new inches of snow in the upper mountain areas. The snow safety and ski patrol team has been able to open a large portion of the mountain including the infamous North Face run Christmas Chute, known for its steep and narrow entrance. Alyeska Resort is located 40 miles from Anchorage, home to Ted Stevens International Airport.
As forecasted by weather specialists, Alaska is experiencing a LaNina cycle resulting in cooler temperatures and typically heavier amounts of precipitation. For Alyeska Resort, located in the northernmost temperate coastal rainforest region in the Americas, average temperatures in the winter months range between 40 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Given the proximity to the Turnagain Arm, a tributary of the Cook Inlet, the temperatures around the resort are often more moderate due to the salt content in the open waters. With a LaNina effect, however, this often translates into the perfect storm cycle where the large amounts of precipitation and cooler temperatures line up and the result can be as great as the 40 inches of new snow which accumulated on December 11, 2012.
Alyeska Resort offers 1,400 skiable acres with diverse terrain featuring the best of the Chugach Mountain Range. Well-represented in popular ski and snowboard films, the Chugach range is known for steep lines and deep snow. Alyeska’s terrain represents the best of the local mountains with the North Face, home to the longest continuous double black diamond run in North America. At the same time, the resort has developed its beginner base area with two magic carpets and a high-speed detachable quad, providing an optimal experience for those new to the sport of skiing or snowboarding. With no lift lines, an affordable day lift ticket at just $60, skiing Alaska may be closer than you realize. Direct and connecting flights to Anchorage International Airport are available daily with service on Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and Continental Airlines.
At the heart of the resort is The Hotel Alyeska, a luxurious 303 room property surrounded on all sides by wilderness and panoramic views. The hotel offers ski in/out access from a 60-passenger aerial tram or beginner chairlift. Resort guests have the option of seven restaurants and cafes from AAA Four Diamond Award Winner Seven Glaciers Restaurant located at 2,300 ft to the casual and modern Sakura Restaurant with in-house sushi chefs. After a day on the slopes, guests can enjoy specialty treatments from The Spa at Alyeska including a sports massage perfect to rejuvenate those tired legs.
Ski Alaska Package – four-nights lodging plus breakfast and lift tickets from as low as $399 per person
For those seeking the full Alaskan experience, the first week of March marks the start of the Iditarod, the legendary dog-sled race begins in Anchorage and finishes 1150 miles away along the western Bering Sea coast in the town of Nome. The Iditarod also marks a week-long celebration in Anchorage including the Fur Rendzevous Festival (www.furrondy.net) where visitors can watch the run of the reindeer and mingle with dog-sled teams up close. Alyeska Resort is offering a four-night stay in a deluxe room with three-day lift ticket and breakfast each morning for two adults starting from $399 per person based on double occupancy available throughout ski season.
Ski & Spa Package – one-night lodging plus lift tickets and spa credit from $159 pp to $199 pp
This package combines the best of both worlds at Alyeska – the rugged winter adventures with the luxurious amenities of the 303-room Hotel Alyeska. Guests can take advantage of the convenient ski in/out access as well as the relaxing Spa at Alyeska. Offering an intimate setting, the spa is comfortable for all types of spa guests. The Spa at Alyeska features signature services such as the Alaska Glacial Facial or the classic Hot Stone Massage. The experienced spa staff offers a full-range of facials, body services, massage, Vichy treatments and nail care. The Ski & Spa Package includes one-night stay in a deluxe room, lift tickets and breakfast for each adult, and $100 in spa credit (per room) based on double occupancy.
Ski & Stay Package - one-night lodging plus lift ticket and resort credit for $99 pp to $129 pp
The simplest package available is the Ski & Stay option. The package includes one-night lodging, one-day adult lift per adult plus $25 resort credit per room. Package is based on double occupancy and can accommodate up to four adults per room for additional fees.
Alaska Airlines Specials
For guests flying with Alaska Airlines this winter, there is a special offer on a three-night ski & stay package from as low as $319 per person based on double occupancy. The ‘Ski Alyeska with Alaska Airlines’ package includes three-nights lodging, three-day lift ticket and breakfast. To reserve, guests must call or book online and reference package code: AKAIR and present valid Alaska Airlines boarding pass at time of hotel check-in. Details for this package are available online at www.AlyeskaResort.com/skialaska or www.alaskaair.com/content/deals/ski-the-west/alaska.aspx.
Heli-skiing in Alaska with EpicQuest
One of Alyeska Resort’s top partners is EpicQuest who operates an adjacent heli-skiing and snow-cat skiing tour company. The heli-skiing starts President’s Weekend, typically mid-February, and snow-cat skiing, depending on conditions, could start as early as January 2012. EpicQuest’s tours offer intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders seeking unparalleled backcountry experiences in the spectacular Chugach mountain range. Tours vary from day tours to week-long adventures, and in 2012, a different pro-skier is featured every week during the heli-skiing season adding an additional element of excitement and upping the level of coaching. Details on packages and available weeks are available on their website at www.epicquest.com.
To take advantage of any of the listed winter packages, please call Alyeska Resort Reservations at 800-880-3880, 907-754-2111 or visit www.AlyeskaResort.com for more information. Alyeska Resort packages are priced per person based on double occupancy and promotional pricing is subject to availability, tax and resort fee. All packages are available for stays starting December 1, 2011 through April 29, 2012, some restrictions may apply.
About Alyeska Resort (www.alyeskaresort.com)
Alyeska Resort is Alaska's premier year-round destination featuring The Hotel Alyeska, an award-winning 303 room full-service property. Located just 40 miles from Anchorage and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Alyeska Resort is your base camp for summer and winter excursions. The resort is within close proximity of three national parks and the Kenai Peninsula, and is home to the northernmost temperate rainforest, part of the Chugach Mountains. Alyeska Resort stands out in ski season with 650” of average snowfall annually and the longest-continuous double black diamond ski run in North America. Learn more about the resort and plan your Alaskan adventure at www.alyeskaresort.com or 800.880.3880.