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Alyeska won’t open Friday as scheduled

  • Author: Beth Bragg
    | Sports
  • Updated: 5 days ago
  • Published 5 days ago

Skiers ride the triple chairlift at Hilltop Ski Area last week. (Bill Roth / ADN)

No snow means no go this weekend at Alyeska Ski Resort.

Friday’s scheduled season-opener was canceled Tuesday due to lack of snow. There isn’t ample coverage from the middle of the mountain down, the Girdwood ski resort said when announcing the cancellation.

“We are committed to opening as soon as we receive ample snowfall,” Alyeska general manager Brian Burnett said in a release from the ski resort. “We are set up and ready to go, teams have been trained and are ready to operate. We have been diligently working to capture every snowmaking window. However, we do not have enough snow coverage to (open) as originally scheduled.”

Hilltop Ski Area in Anchorage is up and running despite recent rain.

The ski hill closed Friday after the earthquake but has been open every day since Saturday, CEO Steve Remme said Tuesday. When the Anchorage School District called off school this week for repairs and cleanups following the quake, Hilltop moved to holiday hours for the entire week — 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“We’ve had pretty good crowds,” Remme said, although he said three hours of rain slowed business Monday.

Remme said workers have been double-grooming the mountain to keep it from being icy.

So far all of the skiing has been on the Caribou run, but Remme said the King Salmon connector to the Turkey Trench was opened Tuesday.

For updates on Alyeska, check the resort’s mountain report.

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