Alyeska at a Glance
By Bayne Salmon
Summer at Alyeska has ended. With autumn on our doorsteps, we’ve wrapped up the 2019 Downhill Biking season. The Alyeska Bike Park had its busiest August and one of the best seasons since opening. From an early start in the first weekend of June to soaring temperatures in July and August with the trails as dry and fast as they’ve ever been, there were quite a few excellent riding days this year.
As a thank you to all of the rad people who show up all summer long, Alyeska held an end of season party at the Daylodge. Girdwood Brewing Company was gracious enough to donate six kegs of beer and the opportunity to fundraise for our local advocates, Girdwood Mountain Bike Alliance was created. For each of the 110 riders who rode the downhill trails on closing day, Alyeska donated $10, raising over $1,000 for GMBA. Additionally, all proceeds from the donated GBC beer went directly to GMBA. Check out some of our favorite shots from the bike park this year, and thanks for a terrific season!
Fall at Alyeska means Oktoberfest! If you missed the first weekend of festivities, don’t worry- we’ll be celebrating the historic wedding (and subsequent bierfest) again this Fri.& Sat., Sept. 27-28. With authentic Bavarian food like bratwurst, schnitzel, pretzels, and sauerkraut, this festival is a foodie’s delight. Delicious treats aside, there will also be traditional beers and live music from 4-10 p.m., and both nights feature local Oompah bands.
If you’d like to get out of the house for an evening, the hotel is also running an Oktoberfest package starting at $179 which includes a one-night stay, a commemorative stein, and your first beer. This year Alyeska’s Oktoberfest is being held at everyone’s favorite après bar, the Sitzmark. This is a free event and fun for all ages, so make sure to bring the whole family for some fall fun.