Alyeska Resort is opening next week on Wedneday, November 23, 2011. The resort will be running the following lifts: Tram, Chair 6, Chair 4, Bear Cub Quad and both Magic Carpets for ski and snowboard operations from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Mountain Learning Center and Sitzmark Bar & Grill will begin daily operations and the aerial tram will also be offering sightseeing and lunch at Glacier Express.
Skiers and snowboarders can thank early storms and cold temperatures for already delivering snow depths of 62 inches at the top, 27 inches midway and 17 inches at the base. While these are incredible conditions for this time of year, Aleyska officials advise visitors hat early season conditions do still exist on the mountain and that all guests should use caution and be aware of obstacles. As the opening gets closer, resort officials will announce specifically which terrain will be available to the public on Nov. 23rd.
Taking advantage of the clear weather, Aleyska’s snowmaking crew has been working round the clock to consistently run 39 snow guns. This early season practice has resulted in a healthy man-made base on lower mountain terrain. For the snow guns to operate, the air temperature needs be to no higher than 26 degrees Fahrenheit.
With opening day falling over Thanksgiving weekend, Alyeska Resort will be serving its annual Thanksgiving Buffet at The Pond Café, located in The Hotel Alyeska at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 24, 2011. The menu features traditional favorites including roasted tom turkey, prime rib, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, pecan sweet potatoes and a variety of desserts. The price for adults is $38 and the price for kids between the ages of 6 and 12 is $16. Advanced reservations can be made by phone at 907-754-2237 or online at Alyeska Resort.com.
Seven Glaciers Restaurant will also kick off their winter season this Wednesday, November 23 when Executive Chef Jason Porter introduces his new winter seasonal menu. On Thanksgiving Day, guests dining at Seven Glaciers can select from the regular menu or from a special Thanksgiving Chef’s Tasting Menu.
In addition to impressive early winter conditions, Alyeska is offering a number of packages through which customers can save on lift tickets. For example, guests can curretnly purchase two adult lift tickets for $95.99, a savings of 20% off regular adult ticket prices, at Anchorage Debarr and Dimond Costco warehouse locations. The same offer will be on Costco.com later this month.
Alyeska Resort has also partnered with Liftopia.com for a second season. There, customers can find discounts on daily adult lift tickets. A select amount of lift tickets are made available each day, so customers are encouraged to check the website often to find the best savingss.
Finally, Warren Miller’s new ski movie Like There’s No Tomorrow is scheduled for its Anchorage premiere on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at the Alaska Center for Performing Arts. There are two showings at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. With every paid entry, there is a coupon for a FREE Alyeska Resort midweek lift ticket.
Check out the trailor for Like There’s No Tomorrow, here:
For more information about the aforementioned deals or to learn more about Alyeska Resort, visit www.alyeskaresort.com