The amount of daylight around Anchorage nowis slightly under nine hours per day. Juneau trails shortly behind. The plummeting daylight means one thing to skiers and riders: hustle to purchase season passes for the upcoming winter.
Anchorage-area skiers and riders need to buy season passes for Alyeska Resort before Oct. 31 if they want to get them at sale prices. The adult season pass costs $1,200 with the price increasing by $150 after the sale. The midweek pass costs $900 compared to $1,000 after the sale.
Students, college students and military personnel can buy a season pass on sale for $990. Child passes cost $500 during the sale.
Alyeska also offers some additional discounts on season passes. The new Buddy Discount reduces pass rates by $25-50 if two or more passes are bought at the same time. Families can also get 50 percent off two passes for dependents when a parent buys a regular price pass.
Anchorage's Hilltop Ski Area also has season passes available, but at regular rates. Adult passes cost $550 while senior and student passes cost $525. Child passes cost $375.
Juneau skiers and riders can buy Eaglecrest season passes on sale until Nov. 12. Adults can choose between several types of passes, depending on the frequency and days of skiing. Adult season passes cost $499 for an unlimited pass, $449 for a weekend and holiday pass, or $379 for a weekday-only pass.
Discounted rates are also available during the sale for seniors, teens, youth and children. Fifth graders, however, can take advantage of free lift tickets with the Eaglecrest Fifth Grade Passport Program.
Eaglecrest is owned by the City of Juneau. Photo by Nick Bonzey/Flickr.