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Annual Spring Carnival and Slush Cup a chance to let loose

Spring Carnival participants take to the pond in the Idiot Swim-Across, a popular spectator sport and even more-fun participant event. Courtesy Alyeska Resort

Spring Carnival participants take to the pond in the Idiot Swim-Across, a popular spectator
sport and even more-fun participant event. Courtesy Alyeska Resort

Sadly, April marks the end of the ski season at Alyeska Resort. Luckily, the month is packed with events and festivities that will let skiers and riders enjoy the long days of spring and give those die-hards a chance to get enough runs on their favorite chairlifts to hold them over until next winter.

What April does bring, though, is the hugely popular Alyeska Resort Spring Carnival and Slush Cup. This is the largest celebration of the winter season and now in its 36th year, the event is bigger and rowdier than ever. This year’s Spring Carnival will span Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21.

The Slush Cup, Spring Carnival’s signature event, has grown so popular that for the third year in a row KWHL’s morning deejays Bob and Mark will choose half of the event’s 50 competitors at a costume party held at the Sitzmark the night before Slush Cup. Participant slots will be awarded based on quality of costume, and judges will score costumes based originality, flare and style. The remaining 25 openings will be awarded on Saturday at the pond skim venue.

If you’ve never been to Slush Cup, it’s a must-see competition in which people in wacky costumes attempt to ski or snowboard across a pool of frozen, slushy water.  Most don’t make it, and their spectacular failures are all part of the fun.  Arrive at the venue early to claim a front-row spot.

Prior to Slush Cup is the Idiot Swim-Across, where brave souls voluntarily jump into the 100-foot-long glacier-cold pond and swim across for the audience’s entertainment. Slush Cup will begin at 4 p.m. Special guest judges include Ariel Tweto from the Discovery Channel’s Flying Wild Alaska, and this year’s winner will take home a 2013-14 season pass from Alyeska Resort.

The festivities continue on Sunday, April 21, with the Dummy Downhill and XTRATUF Tug o’ War competitions. Participation is free, and the top prizes are worthy. The Dummy Downhill is one of the most creative competitions at the resort involving home-made works of art designed for optimal flight down a ski run.

The Tug o’ War competition consists of teams of five competing head-to-head in single elimination rounds. Last year’s teams included not one, but two, representatives for ‘Girls Gone Girdwood’ and the bikini-clad tough gals were a crowd favorite. Like it or not, all losing teams must get into the pond.

The party is just getting started once the sun goes down, and Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons will perform at the Sitzmark for three nights over Spring Carnival weekend, April 18-20. Get your tickets early, because Spring Carnival weekend always sells out. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased in advance at TheSitzmark.com.

Spring Carnival usually falls on the last weekend of ski season, but this year there will be one extra week to get your turns in. For skiers and riders, the resort will continue operating chairlifts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday, April 28. Local favorites the Photonz will perform at the Sitzmark April 26, 27 and 28.

The aerial tram will close for the season on April 21. There will be no May skiing or riding this season.  Alyeska Motor Madness, an Alaska Motor Mushers Club snowmachine racing event will take place May 3-5.

Alyeska Spring Carnival

Friday, April 19
7 p.m.: 3rd annual KWHL Costume party
10 p.m.: Live at the Sitzmark:
Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons; $10
(21 and older)

Saturday, April 20
11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Event registration
3:30 p.m.: Idiot Swim-Across
4 p.m.: 36th annual Slush Cup
10 p.m.: Live at the Sitzmark:
Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons; $10

Sunday, April 21
11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Event registration
12 p.m.: Dummy Downhill
1:30 p.m.: XTRATUF Tug o’ War

 

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