Alyeska at a Glance
By Stephanie Drescher
I once read a quote about Alaska: “With the most powerful binoculars, I cannot see Alaska.” It is human nature to become complacent about all the beauty around us and not to see it. We cannot grasp the magnitude of this place we call home. In every season, Alaska’s prism shines brightly. Currently, the resort has been busy reflecting this similar energy and the rays of the summer season.
There are free music concerts at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill. On Sat., July 14, Great North Special brings Alaskans the music of the Grateful Dead and beyond. This band features the complementary guitar styles and vocal harmonies of Dave Stein and Garrin Benfield with M. Corsolini, Jeff Faust and Ray Hauck contributing the rhythm section. The show starts at 10 p.m.
Absolut Sitzmark Summer Trivia starts July 20, get a team together or go at it alone. It’s classic pub trivia at its finest. Grab a cold one and flex that one-of-a-kind brain. All players will be entered in a raffle to win prizes provided by Absolut Vodka and Alaska’s Odom Corp.
The Bike Park is flexing and rippling in the sunshine as those wheels and bright jerseys come tearing down the many groomed trails. Weekly operations feature every type of downhill riding, from tight and technical to wide open bombers. You don’t have to be an expert to ride the bike park. Are you a passionate and excited newbie? The mountain has plenty of room for you and several clinics as well. Some clinics are specifically tailored towards women and children and full-face helmets and pads are available for rent.
Chair 6 will open as snow allows. The current prediction is for sometime in August. The Bike Park is open until early September, Friday-Sunday and holiday Mondays from 12-6 p.m. Remember, a bike park pass is included in your 2018/19 season pass. Pick yours up soon so you can hit the fresh dirt before it turns to powder. Want to know if Chair 6 is open yet or the most up-to-date conditions and trail openings? Call the hotline at (907) 754-7669 or visit Alyeska Resort’s website.
The Bike Park hosts several different races throughout the summer, and next on the calendar is the Alyeska Enduro on July 14. Enduro racing has been around for decades in Europe and is gaining popularity in the USA. Riders are only timed on downhill sections. The catch is you have to ride up to the starting gate. Riders can take however long they need for this stage, but as soon as the front tire leaves the downhill gate it’s on and the fastest combined stage time wins the day All races in the Alyeska Bike Park are free entry with a ticket or season pass, and riders need to pre-register at the Daylodge Bike Hub before the allotted cut off time.
Alyeska Resort is lucky to be the perfect base camp for all kinds of memories, activities and events. Even though Alaska cannot fit in the eyepieces of binoculars, we hope you truly see and enjoy these summer moments.