If you thought summer was over, think again. Nobody slows down in Girdwood when there are still so many fun things to do. First off is the Blueberry Festival, set for Aug. 18-19, which celebrates these glimmering blue orbs that can be found all over the mountain and beyond. This family-oriented outdoors event features more than two dozen arts and crafts booths in The Hotel Alyeska Pond Courtyard, as well as live music and all the blueberry concoctions you can try. Bring a bucket and find your secret berry-picking location.
The fifth annual Mountain Bike Festival follows in late August (Aug. 31-Sept. 3) and features four days of biking-themed competitions including whips and tricks, wheelie competition, the downhill race and the most popular – the Pond Crossing. Think Slush Cup but on wheels. This is where competitors attempt to cross a floating bridge without falling into the cold water, and it’s a spectacular spectator sport. Bring your cheering vibes and, if you’re competing, your game face.
Finally, the granddaddy of mountain races is on pace again this year and promises to be as grueling as ever. The Alyeska Climbathon is a Sept. 8 and challenges competitor to climb the mountain as many times as possible in nine hours. Run or hike the North Face Trail, with friends and family, while raising money to help end women’s cancers. The 2.2-mile course is straight up, with a 2,000-foot vertical elevation gain. Once at the top, run for the tram for a ride back down the mountain to start it all over again. The win- ner is the one who logs the most laps in the given timeframe.
For more on any of these events, go to alyeskaresort.com. Sum- mer’s not over yet, and Girdwood knows how to have fun!