Alyeska at a Glance
By Stephanie Drescher
Summer days around Alyeska Resort are anything but lazy. The lifts are spinning for mountain bikers, multiple races and clinics are taking place and everyone’s favorite bar, the Sitzmark, is pulsing with free music every weekend.
Rain or shine, the bike park is an exciting place to be. On July 14 is an event not to be missed, the Alyeska Enduro Race. This race features a 6.5-mile loop of three downhill, timed segments linked by untimed uphill segments. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with racing at 10 a.m. Register at the ticket office anytime and on race day, register at the Daylodge Bike Hub where the race will start.
On July 20, one of Alyeska’s most engaging events starts up for the summer. Anyone wanting to show off how smart they became over the winter? Absolut Sitzmark Summer Trivia is back! Go at it alone or bring your carefully-honed team. This event is free and is for 21 and over. The games begin at 7:00 p.m.
On July 21, Alyeska Resort is honored to host the exciting event known as the Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon. Some of the best triathletes in the world () will again come to Alaska with the field is limited to 320 athletes. Considered one of the hardest triathlons in the world, it consists of a 2.6-mile swim, a 113-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run with a 7,000 ft. elevation gain. Being at the finish line, and watching these athletes complete the race is powerful.
The second Women’s Bike Clinic takes place July 22. This one-day clinic is geared towards women cross-country bikers who want to learn and improve downhill techniques to ride Alaska’s challenging trails. You can bring your own bike or rent one. The ladies meet at 11:00 a.m. at the Daylodge Bike Hub.
North Face is open. Alyeska’s most popular hiking trail begins at the lower tram terminal, snakes it’s way up and reaches the upper tram terminal. The trail gains 2,000 feet over 2.2 miles while revealing phenomenal views of Girdwood Valley and Turnagain Arm. Hikers can also ride the tram back to the base area for free if down-climbing is not preferred. Dogs are allowed on the Tram and they ride in a provided kennel. Dogs must be leashed at all times while enjoying the North Face experience.
Upcoming music at the Sitz includes Eric McFadden Trio performing a free show for the Forest Fair After Party. McFadden is a six-string virtuoso. He has toured the world as a solo artist, with funk legend George Clinton and rock legend Eric Burdon.
Don’t forget $2.00 tacos on Fridays at the Sitz! They are a real culinary joy. The recipe has been improved, and you can truly taste the difference. Taste for yourself. Come hit the trails at Alyeska, grab some tacos and stay late for the music.