Alyeska at a Glance
By Stephanie Drescher
The rain cannot get Girdwoodians down. We live in a rainforest, which is why we receive all those inches of white gold in the winter. It’s a pretty good trade-off. The weather might be a little gloomy these days, but Alyeska Resort has plenty of activities to chase the cobwebs away. Speaking of cobwebs…have you noticed activity starting to smolder around the Sitzmark?
Very soon, a lucky Halloween crowd will fill the Sitzmark to hear The Young Dubliners ring in Halloween. Across Alaska, the mention of the Young Dubliners brings a spark to the eye and the comment, “Have you seen them? They’re the best. You have to go.”
The Young Dubliners are a Celtic rock band straight from Dublin. These concerts sell out and they might be already. Go to the Alyeska Resort website or call to see if there are any tickets available at (907) 754-2275. The concerts are Oct. 26-27. An entertaining costume contest will take place at 9 p.m. with some incredible prizes on the line. Show up in your Halloween splendor for the chance to win. The concert follows, starting at 10 p.m.
As the goblins and ghosts of Halloween slip into the mist, all eyes glance up to the mountaintops to watch the dusting grow stronger and whiter as the snow line stretch its fingers down towards the valley. Snowmaking should begin the first week of November, conditions permitting, and all of this energy should remind you to get your season pass. The ticket office is currently open on the weekend from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Even though the Tram isn’t running, the ticket office is ready to greet you and get your pass to the powder.
The ski season and the coming of that beautiful powder will wake up the valley again. Girdwood will start buzzing with the joys of the skiing community. But right now, there is something to be said about the quiet shoulder season. Alyeska Resort embraces it by releasing special PFD and Local Specials. Right now through December 6, room rates at the hotel start at just $109 per night. Call reservations for all the details and also, if you are bringing the family, ask about the special $59 room add-on rate (midweek only).
If you’re making plans to come stay at The Hotel Alyeska, don’t forget to check out the Spa. After a hectic summer, relaxation is needed. Explore our spa offerings and try the new Rosemary Citron Sensation, with a blend of rosemary and mineral-rich sea salts, plus circulation-stimulating citron oils and detoxifying herbal extracts, we’ll give you a revitalizing scrub that will leave your skin smooth and polished, followed by purifying massage with our Sicilian Bergamot moisturizer. Call the spa to get all your questions answered at (907) 754-2550.
Please note from Nov. 11-Nov. 20, The Hotel Alyeska will be holding its regular season closure.