Early snowstorms at Alyeska Resort will allow the ski area to open for the season on Nov. 23. Restaurants, the ski and snowboard school, and the rental shops open their doors the same day the lifts start up.
Snowmaking crews have been blowing snow on the lower-mountain slopes. The machine-made snow will supplement the natural snow that accumulated this month, making the snow pack thicker and more durable. However, the resort cautions that early-season conditions prevail with potential unseen hazards below the snow.
On opening day, the resort plans to run the Tram, Chair 6, Chair 4, Bear Cub Quad and both Magic Carpets. The lifts begin loading at 10:30 a.m. Daily operations will continue 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until night skiing is added for the holidays.
In conjunction with the lifts opening, the Mountain Learning Center will be offering daily lessons for skiing and riding. The Glacier Express and Sitzmark Bar and Grill will begin serving food and beverages daily. Winter sightseeing also starts up on the aerial tram.
Thanksgiving diners at Seven Glacier Restaurant can feast on a special holiday menu or the regular winter menu that features fresh Alaskan seafood. Photo by Simon Evans. Courtesy of Alyeska Resort.
The Seven Glaciers Restaurant at the top of the aerial tram launches its winter seasonal dinner menu Nov. 23. On Thanksgiving Day, diners can select from the regular winter menu or from the special Thanksgiving Chef’s Tasting Menu.
The resort will also be serving its traditional turkey day buffet at The Pond Café in The Hotel Alyeska. The buffet costs $38 for adults and $16 for children 6-12 years old. Four seatings are available on Nov. 24.
Reservations for Seven Glaciers Restaurant or The Pond Cafe can be made by phone at 907-754-2237.
Get details for opening day on the snow hotline by calling 907-SKI-SNOW or 907-754-7669.