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September 23, 2011 (Girdwood, Alaska) – As another beautiful Alaska summer comes to a close, Alyeska Resort prepares for the upcoming winter ski season scheduled to open on Wednesday, November 23, 2012 (conditions permitting).
The national weather forecasters are calling for back-to-back La Niña seasons which could mean a variety of outcomes for Southcentral Alaska. Last season, also a designated La Niña winter, resulted in an unusually sunny and cold winter with below average snowfall. However, in many local’s memories, the La Niña season of 1999/2000 resulted in 818 inches of snowfall, ranking in as one of the snowiest seasons in the resort’s history.
Ready for whatever conditions Mother Nature delivers, the resort continues its focus on great value, and outstanding customer service for this winter.
More Gladed Terrain
The inaugural lift-assisted downhill bike season wraps up on Columbus Day, October 10. For the first time in the resort’s history, lift-assisted biking was offered with access to three chairlifts as well as the scenic aerial tram. The resort’s investment into this growing mountain sport is part of the organization’s goal of year-round vitality and economic impact.
To develop the new bike trail system, Alyeska Resort trail crew spent a substantial amout of effort last spring season clearing trees and brush from the Race Trail region of the mountain. This trail work has resulted in new gladed terrain for more tree runs for intermediate and above skiers and riders. Tree-skiing terrain is a premium at Alyeska Resort where so much of the skiable terrain is above tree line. This increase in tree-skiing terrain is a welcome addition adding diversity to the resort’s 1,400 skiable acres.
Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence
Wine Spectator Magazine recently named Seven Glaciers Restaurant at Alyeska Resort one of its winners of the 2011 Best of Award of Excellence Honor. In its 30th year, the Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards program has remained the pinnacle of recognition in the fine-dining industry. Wine Spectator released the complete list of 2011 award winners on August 31, 2011 a part of its 2011 Dining Guide Issue.
A long-time recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, Seven Glaciers’ recent achievement to the next level represents continued effort by restaurant management and staff in the areas of customer service, culinary execution and wine selection. The restaurant’s wine cellar currently holds over 10,000 bottles, representing over 700 selections, with a significantly upgraded large format and split program. As of 2010, the resort has a dedicated wine director and sommelier who oversees the wine program across all resort restaurants.
Perched atop Mt. Alyeska at 2,300 feet above sea level, Seven Glaciers is well-recognized for its unique mountain-top location. The restaurant is surrounded by seven hanging glaciers, peaks of the Chugach mountain range and views of the Turnagain Arm. The restaurant first opened its doors in 1994 and has continued its tradition of excellence to this date, most recently under the tutelage of Executive Chef Jason Porter
New Chairlift Planning Continues
After reviewing recommendations by experts in the field, the resort is looking to investment in substantial ground work scheduled to start next summer. The proposed ground work includes regrading on the runway approach to the base of Chair 6, an area with a high volume of skier traffic. The changes are designed to improve user access, decrease skier speeds and create a safer corridor for users. At the same time, ground work will also be addressed near the top of Chair 1 to create an improved fall line which should positively impact the skiability of existing runs. In addition, the resort continues to work towards the replacement of Chair 4.
Learn-to-Ski & Ride Month
Alyeska Resort is supporting the National Ski Area Associations push to introduce snowsports to new skiers and snowboarders during the month of January. The Alyeska Mountain Learning Center features a staff of dedicated instructors in alpine skiing and snowboarding. To encourage new participation, the resort will be offering $99 beginner lesson packages which includes three days of lessons, rental equipment and lift access. Industry statistics consistently show that snowsport participants who learn at an early age tend to stay with the activity throughout their lives. This program is designed for both youth and adult participants. The Alyeska Mountain Learning Center can be reach at 907-754-2880 during ski season.
Fall and winter ski season specials are available online or through Alyeska Resort Reservations at 800-880-3880 or 907-754-2111. Listed below are select options, for a complete list, please visit www.AlyeskaResort.com.
Early Bird Savings:
For winter enthusiasts, receive 25% off lodging on ski season reservations made between September 15 and October 31, 2011.
Veuve Clicquot Fall Romance Package from $189 per night:
This favorite romantic getaway package is available during the quiet fall season at an amazing value. The Fall Romance Package includes one-night deluxe accommodation, bottle of chilled Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne, and breakfast for two. Guests can add a 50-minute Luxurious Couples Massage at The Spa at Alyeska for $230 per couple.
Ski Alaska Package from $399 per person:
Package includes four-nights stay at The Hotel Alyeska plus 3-day lift ticket and breakfast each morning for two adults.
* All packages are priced per person based on double occupancy. Subject to availability, taxes and fees. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.
November 23 | Ski Season Opening Day
December 24 | Santa Skis Free Day
December 31 | New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks
January 14-22 | NSAA Safety Awareness Week
February 14-20 | Alyeska Alpine State Championships
February 24 | North Face Vertical Challenge
March 22-25 | Chugach Open Big Mountain Comp
April 20-22 | Spring Carnival featuring the Taco Bell Slush Cup
May 5 - 29 | Weekend Spring Skiing (conditions permitting)