Alyeska at a Glance
By Bayne Salmon
With the first snow falling on the upper mountain and the chairlifts sitting motionless, you might mistake shoulder season at Alyeska as slow. If you happened to take the tram or stop by the daylodge last weekend, you’d know that it’s anything but. For the second time, the Alaska Motor Musher’s Club took to the dirt at Mt. Alyeska for high speed racing and hill climbing. Dozens of UTV and motorcycle racers staged at the bottom of Mount Alyeska, just above the Daylodge, and quickly climbed the bowl route keeping their throttles pinned around switchbacks, loose shale, waterbars and technical terrain.
Spanning multiple divisions, classes and skill levels, this event filled the entire day with fun and friendly competition from novices to professional motor racers alike. With the finish line at the top of the tram, spectators had a spectacular view of the athletes as they sprinted their way to the checkered flags. Each racer had two runs for each class, with the fastest time standing.
“I usually race on a closed course, but this is really cool just because you have to have different types of riding styles because of the rocks and hills and the turns” said Supercross Racer, Ben Lamay. “It’s just a very unique event, and I wanted to come out here and try it out.”
Since this year’s race had such a great draw and positive feedback from all the competitors, Alyeska’s race organizers hope to add another day of racing into the mix for next year.
Dark nights, barren trees, frozen earth and The Jangle Bees! Halloween at Alyeska is always a spooktacular time. For this year’s concert and party, we’ve selected a local rock band from Anchorage, The Jangle Bees. Their music harkens back to a time when twelve-string electric-guitars ruled the airwaves and songs about heartache made you get up and dance the night away. Think you’ve got a great costume this Halloween? Join the party on Oct. 26 at the Sitz! We’ll be holding a costume contest at 9 p.m. and the best male and female costumes will walk out with vouchers for hotel stays. Tickets are moving fast, so buy yours now. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the tram ticket office in advance. Tickets can also be added to any Fall Getaway Package.