Alyeska at a Glance
By Bayne Salmon
Solstice has come and gone and the days are slowly getting shorter here in the Chugach. This doesn’t mean summer has faded at all! We’ve got lots of excitement going on here in Girdwood lately. Whether it’s date night at Seven Glaciers, exploring the valley with new trail openings, or adrenaline filled day of Downhill Racing, Alyeska Resort has you covered.
The Alyeska Cup, Alaska’s premier downhill race series, begins Sunday, June 30th. The race will challenge riders’ skills as they face downhill singletrack with an emphasis on fun and camaraderie along with competition. Riders complete timed runs and earn points with a winner determined at the end of the biking series. Entry is free with the purchase of a day lift ticket or season pass. This race is an awesome event we hold every year, and it’s only getting bigger as the seasons continue.
If you haven’t already started to explore the valley on foot, there are lots of options opening up as the snow recedes higher towards the peaks. The North Face Trail recently opened and is in great shape. Starting from the hotel, the trail begins just adjacent to the base of the Tram and is 2.2 miles long with 2,000’ of vertical. This is a great way to earn those cold beverages at the top, so don’t forget to stop in at the Bore Tide Bar. The North Face is also dog-friendly, so make sure to bring your furry friends and a leash because all dogs must be leashed near the tram terminals. And if this hike wasn’t perfect already, the best news is that you won’t have to descend after refreshments because the tram ride down is free!
The resort will also be playing host to the third Alaskaman Triathlon this Sat., June 29. This is a great event to spectate and the only thing rivaling the challenge of this event is the beauty the runners encounter while on their journey. From the cold and invigorating waters of Seward’s Resurrection Bay to the big climbs and larger-than-life views of the Seward Highway, all the way to the legendary mountain run here at Mt. Alyeska, this event will test the true depth of the human spirit.