Skiers and riders looking to extend their sliding season can head to [R11R, Alyeska]. The resort, which sees over 600 inches of snow fall each year, runs its lifts through May.

Alyeska operates its lifts on a regular daily schedule April 1-25 with the hours of operation shifting to 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.-starting and ending a half hour later than the winter season. The schedule shifts to weekends only April 30 to May 31, conditions permitting, to finish off the ski season. 

Racers and freeriders can join Alyeska's two specialty camps in late spring. The race camp runs May 24-28, and Summer Freeride Camps are offered June 2-13.

The resort's 304-room hotel remains open year round and serves as a base camp for exploring southeast Alaska. The resort also offers scenic tram rides, nature trails, and mountain bike rentals in summer.

But the highlight of Alyeska summers is its festivals. The Blueberry Festival in mid-August celebrates the wild blueberry season with family-oriented outdoor events, live music, arts and crafts booths, and taste-testing blueberry treats. The Fungus Fair comes to the resort Labor Day Weekend for prime mushroom-picking season with naturalist presentations, an outdoor concert, and the Fungus Formal to benefit the Girdwood Trails Committee. The North Face Climb-a-thon and Vertical Challenge in mid-September pits racers against each other climbing 2.2 miles up 2,000 feet in elevation and downloading on the Aerial Tram for nine hours. A traditional Oktoberfest finishes off the summer festivals in September.

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