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Alyeska, Alaska: Almanac

Alyeska, Alaska: Almanac

Features
By Kathryn Perrotti Leavitt
posted: 10/18/1999

  • Getting There
  • Most major airlines fly into Anchorage (about 5 hours from Colorado). From there, rent a car for the 45-minute drive to Alyeska.

  • When To Go
  • Mid-February is the best time for abundant snow and mild temperatures (the average is 26 degrees). Early March is warmer, but snow may not be as consistent.

  • Sleeping In
  • The Prince is the only hotel option; standard rate for a room is $150 per night. Also try Alyeska Accommodations (907-783-2000) to rent a condominium or home in town.

  • Dining Out
  • Seven Glaciers at the top of the tram for casual fine food and panoramic views of the area; the on-premises Katsura Teppanyaki for beautifully prepared, light Japanese fare; the Turnagain House in the town of Indian, 15 miles away, for high-end continental food.

  • Après-Ski
  • The Double Musky for meal-sized appetizers; Chair 5 with a Juke Box and pool tables; The Sitzmark Bar, at the base of chair 3.

  • Kicking Butt
  • Heli-skiing or snowcat skiing with Chugach Powder Guides (907-783-4354) in Winner Creek.

  • Kicking Back
  • Visit the fitness center for a hot tub soak and a massage.

  • Activities
  • Dogsledding with Chugach Express; flight seeing (sight-seeing by plane) with Alpine Air, Inc.; ice skating; snowmobiling; weekend night skiing.

  • Don't Miss
  • The drive along Seward Highway, the scenic byway connecting Anchorage and Alyeska. Seeing the view is a once-in-a-lifetime deal.

  • Vital Stats
  • Skiable acres: 1,000; number of lifts: 9; base elevation: 250 feet; summit elevation (top of Spirit Quad): 2,750 feet; vertical rise: 2,500 feet; average annual snowfall: 560 inches; lift ticket price: $44, $33 for hotel guests; season pass price: $975 regular. For information call: (800) 775-6656, ext. 2213; website: www.alyeskaresort.com.

  • Buying In
  • A new golf course with residential and commercial real estate is in the works. Call local realtor George McCoy at (907) 783-2937 for more information.

  • Skiers Per Acre
  • 0.9

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