After lengthy warm spell, Alyeska reopens for skiing

Bob Hallinen

Balmy temperatures have wreaked havoc for many winter recreationalists, from cross-country skiers encountering wet trails to skaters literally on thin ice at area lakes.

But downhill skiers got some good news today: Alyeska Resort has announced it resumes normal ski operations.

The resort was closed Jan. 27-29 following a stretch of unseasonably warm temperatures over the past few weeks that increased the risk of avalanches.

The resort reopens today, with chairlifts scheduled to operate at Glacier Bowl Express, Aerial Tramway, Ted's Express, Bear Cub Quad and both magic carpets.

An Alyeska release says that as soon as temperatures allow, the resort will resume its snowmaking operations on the lower mountain in order to rebuilt a base and improve surface conditions.

For more info on terrain, chairlift openings and snow reports, see