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Alyeska Resort Opens for Skiing and Snowboarding Friday, December 5
December 3, 2014 (Girdwood, Alaska) – Temperatures have cooled enough to allow snowmaking crews to blow snow from the tram to the base area, along with natural snowfall helping to fill in the upper mountain ski trails. Alyeska Resort is scheduled to open for skiing and snowboarding Friday, December 5, 2014 through Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 10:30 A.M until 3:00 P.M.
“We are super excited to get the ski area open,” says Di Whitney, Ski Area General Manger. “The terrain we have to offer on opening day will definitely put a smile on a lot of faces. It never feels like winter to me until we are sitting on chairlifts, burning runs and being in our happy place.”
Glacier Bowl Express will be spinning for skiing and snowboarding and guests will upload and download on the aerial tram. There will be no skiing or riding below the base of Glacier Bowl Express. Ski trails that will be open include Mighty Mite, Trapline and possibly Gail’s Gully along with Main Street, the Weir and the Runway.
The terrain open to skiing and riding will be limited and please remember that early season conditions do exist. This terrain services advanced skiers and riders only, and no beginner or intermediate terrain will be open.
The ski resort will be closed midweek from Monday, December 8, 2014 through Thursday, December 11, 2014 to allow crews to make snow and get more terrain open. The ski area will reopen on Friday, December 12, 2014 for seven day a week operations.
Discounted lift tickets will be reduced to $50 for Adults, $40 for Students/Military/Senior and $20 for Children (6 – 12). Kids under five years old are free with a ticketed adult. The tram will continue to offer free foot passenger rides through December 23, 2014.
Bore Tide Deli in the upper tram terminal will be open in conjunction with ski operations Friday through Sunday from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. The Sitzmark Bar & Grill is open for lunch and dinner daily. The 6th Annual Ski Patrol Auction, a fundraiser for the Alyeska Patrol Avalanche Canines, will take place on Saturday, December 6 at 8:00 P.M. The Whipsaws will perform free live music Friday and Saturday night beginning at 10:00 P.M.
All 2014/15 Season Pass holders are eligible for an overnight stay for $59 per night for a standard room or $69 per night for a deluxe room for stays through December 23, 2014. To receive this special rate, pass holders must present a valid 2014/15 Season Pass at check in. Reservations can be made by calling 907-754-2111.
About Alyeska Resort (www.alyeskaresort.com)
Alyeska Resort is Alaska's premier year-round destination featuring the award-winning 301 room Hotel Alyeska. 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, is home to the northernmost temperate rainforest, nestled in the Chugach Mountains. Alyeska Resort averages 650” of snowfall annually and is home to 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.