Alyeska at a Glance
By Stephanie Drescher
If this little valley was a teacup, rainwater would be spilling over the brim and pooling in the saucer. Girdwood’s had its fair share of wet weather lately, but on the bright side, rainbow spotting has been up as well. One of the best features about individuals who embrace the outdoors is that they do not let a little thing like rain stop them from soaking (literally) up nature, and neither does Alyeska Resort.
The next big, fearless outdoor adventure at the resort is the 6th Annual Mountain Bike Festival. Three days of celebrating a summer’s worth of mountain biking, the weekend will be full of fun events, challenging competitions and the camaraderie of fellow bikers. Events will include downhill bike races and the famous pond crossing. Mountain Bike Festival will be Aug. 31-Sept. 3.
Like the pitter patter of the rain on the pavement, Alyeska has been flooding our information streams with the quick approach of the Summer Season Pass deadline, which is Sept. 3. If you are planning on getting your season pass for our 60th Anniversary Ski Season, there is no reason to wait. One fun bonus to this year’s purchase is that every season pass holder will receive one of our limited edition anniversary pins. Maybe all this stubborn rain will turn into white gold this ski season.
Another super exciting Season Pass perk is that Alyeska Resort will be giving away one of the last remaining Chair 1’s to a lucky winner. Every adult, midweek passes included, who purchased on or before Sept. 3 will be entered to win this little piece of Alyeska history. The chair has also been commissioned to Dawn Gerety of Art Seriously. She will be adding her colorful blast to the chair. The winner will be able to provide the color scheme and the artistic direction.
The microphones for the free concerts at the Sitzmark will be slid into their stands for the summer here shortly, with only 3 bands are left to rock the house. Nervis Rex plays Aug. 25-26, followed by popular Hope Social Club Aug. 31-Sept. 1.
Also, Aug. 31 is the summer fundraiser for our good friend Emily Maxwell and her 2019 Iditarod efforts, come offer your support.
The very last band of the summer is the tribute/cover band B-49s. This show is at 9 p.m. If you have been meaning to make it to a concert at the Sitz this summer, you have two more weekends to enjoy it. But don’t worry, like the rain, the Sitz will always have more music in store coming up in the following season.