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As part of Alyeska Resort’s transformation to a year-round destination, there has been a focus on creating signature events that celebrate the great Alaskan outdoors and rich cultural heritage of the region. With an abundance of outdoor activities, Alyeska is the perfect backdrop for weekend festivities. From family-friendly events such as the Blueberry Festival to an outdoor concert series at the Daylodge, visitors can combine adventures inspired by Mother Nature with a full calendar of events.
Alyeska Summer Freeride Camp (Early June) – With ample snowfall from the winter, Alyeska has one of the longest seasons in North America. This means incredible conditions still remain at higher elevations on the mountain. Alyeska Resort is hosting two sessions of freestyle skiing and riding camp for all ages and those of intermediate abilities and above. Camp participants can choose from a variety of day camp options.
Fiddlehead Music Festival (June 11, 2011) – With the Summer Solstice on the horizon, the Fiddlehead Music Festival is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the longest hours of daylight of the year. Featuring a selection of local Alaskan bluegrass and country bands, this new festival will take place outside with live music, outdoor barbeque, and kids’ activities.
Girdwood Forest Fair (July 1-3, 2011) – The longest-standing festival in Girdwood Valley, and going into its 36th year, Forest Fair is a local’s favorite. The weekend includes outdoor concerts, parade down “Main Street”, Alaska native arts booths, exotic food offerings, and other entertainment. (www.girdwoodforestfair.com)
Daylodge Concert Series (July & August) –Surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of mountains, the Daylodge Concert Series features an outdoor venue, rising national acts and a fun, festival atmosphere. In 2010, the series showcased bluegrass powerhouse Punch Brothers featuring the talented Chris Thile;
Alyeska Mountain Run (August 13, 2011) – This classic uphill foot race is sponsored by the Alaska Mountain Runners (www.alaskamountainrunners.org). Runners must attack the 2000’ climb in 2.2 miles and receive a courtesy aerial tram ride down upon reaching the summit.
Blueberry Festival (August 20-21, 2011) – 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 (September 2-4, 2011) – 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 Trails Committee. (www.fungusfair.com)
North Face Vertical Challenge: Climb-a-thon (September 10, 2011) – For a show of Alaskan prowess, the Climb-a-thon & Vertical Challenge is designed for the toughest of the tough. Set on the new North Face Trail (2.2 miles top to bottom with 2,000 vertical elevation gain), racers 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 timeframe. In 2009, the winner finished 11 laps – which equals the same elevation gain as climbing Denali in a day!
Oktoberfest (Weekends from September 23 – October 1, 2011) – Autumn would not be the same without a festive atmosphere celebrating the many attributes of beer. The evening includes authentic German fare, souvenir mugs, polka band and all.
November 24 | Ski Season Opening Day
December 17-19 | Winter Solfest
December 24 | Santa Skis Free Day
December 31 | New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks
February 4-6 | Winterfest
February 25 | North Face Vertical Challenge
February 25-27 | Telepalooza Telemark Festival
March 17 | Mountain Metal Mayhem
March 17-20 | Alyeska Big Mountain Comp
March 21-29| USSA Adaptive Nationals
April 22-24 | Spring Carnival featuring Slush Cup
May 6 – May 30 Weekend Spring Skiing (conditions permitting)
Early June | Alyeska Summer Freeride Camp
June 11 | Fiddlehead Music Festival
July 23 | Alyeska Summer Concert
August 20-21 | Blueberry Festival
September 2-4 | Fungus Fair
September 10 | North Face Climb-a-thon
September 23 – October 1 | Oktoberfest Weekends
October 31 | Alyeska Murder Mystery Train
For more information about any of the listed signature summer events and to reserve an event package, please visit www.alyeskaresort.com or call 800-880-3880.