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Alyeska is ready to open, but beginners might want to wait till more gentle terrain is available

  • Author: Beth Bragg
  • Updated: December 13, 2018
  • Published December 13, 2018

Alyeska Ski Resort will open Friday to season pass-holders and to everyone Saturday, but be forewarned — this probably isn’t the best place for beginners, at least not yet.

Skiers and snowboarders will be limited to the top of the mountain and its more challenging terrain, with uploading and downloading happening on the tram.

From the tram they’ll catch the Glacier Bowl Express, the mountain’s top chair lift, but they can only ski down as far as the tram because the rest of the mountain isn’t ready yet, according to a Facebook post from Alyeska’s marketing director on a Girdwood community page.

“There is no beginner terrain open this weekend and groomed terrain will be limited, advanced skiers and riders only,” the post said.

Friday’s 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. opening is for people who hold season passes. The same hours will be in place Saturday, when the mountain opens to all.

Skiers and riders are asked to obey all rope lines and closures.

“Snowmaking, Snow Safety, Ski Patrol and Grooming have been working very hard to open as much terrain as possible,” the post on the Girdwood community page said. “… (G)ive them a high five for their efforts.”

The Sitz, the Bore Tide Deli and Bar and Seven Glaciers will all be open, with live music Friday and Saturday starting at 10 p.m. at the Sitz.

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