The lifts at Alyeska Resort have been spinning as skiers and riders are having a blast ripping down the slopes. As the season progresses, more and more terrain continues to open, thanks to the hard work of Alyeska snowmakers, grooming staff and ski patrol. These characters are some of the unsung heroes of winter operations at Alyeska Resort to get you more skiing and riding time.
Whether you’re someone who likes to take a few laps and then head in or if you’re a first chair to last chair, ski-your-face-off-all day individual, the mountain crews keep trails buffed, jumps perfectly formed and the off-piste gates open.
After skiing or riding all day, it’s time to relax after the lifts stop spinning.
This time is called après.
Après is a just a fancy way for saying “after ski” relax time (I think it’s French or something) after a big day of ripping big lines on the mountain. The stereotype of après ski is sipping a hot toddy while wearing furry boots next to the fire – which, honestly sounds fantastic after a day of hard shredding but that’s not all après is and can be. For some, the relaxing cocktail by the fire isn’t enough; après is also about the party at a slope side bar with live music, good food and of course, good drinks.
So how do you après? What are your favorite after ski events, concerts and go-to beverages? If you need help figuring this out or are curious how to get your après on, please, continue reading.
During the winter, the resort hosts a lot of events and signature activities along with live music at the Sitzmark every weekend, bar trivia from Absolut and the Odom Corp. every Tuesday and ski movies every Wednesday. January kicks off the highly anticipated Town League Race Series, with a registration party Jan. 8 at the Sitzmark with the first race being held Jan. 15.
Town League is a favorite among Alyeska and Anchorage locals alike. This seven-week-long, night-skiing race series features men’s and women’s classes in alpine ski, snowboard and telemark. Sponsored by Coors Light and Odom Corp., Town League runs through February; racers enjoy live après music at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill with great weekly prizes from local event sponsors. Registration is limited, so visit alyeskaresort.com for more info on registration.
The winter concerts are in full swing at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill for the winter season. With a wide range of genres – everything from bluegrass to electronica, favorite local acts to Euro touring national acts – the Sitzmark is sure to have a concert for your taste in tunes.
January kicks off with legendary jam band, Leftover Salmon featuring front man Vince Herman of Great American Taxi. The Boulder, Colo.-based Leftover Salmon have headlined Salmonstock in Ninilchik. Leftover Salmon has been touring with the likes of Phish and Widespread Panic as well as Grateful Dead since the late 1980s and they’re making the trip up to Alaska for the second year in a row. Described as bluegrass meets rock ’n’ roll, Leftover Salmon leaves fans stuffed on their unique sound and tired from dancing all night. Advance tickets for the Jan. 2 and 3 shows can be purchased online at www.thesitzmark.com.
January rolls on with great local acts, H3, on Jan. 9 and 10, Rabbit Creek Ramblers on Jan. 16 and 17, and Rebel Blues Jan. 23 and 24. The weekend of Jan. 30 and 31 brings the highly anticipated Hot Dog & Ski Bunny Party. What used to be a single night event full of day-glow neon and ’80s rock has turned into a weekend-long party to celebrate the greatest decade none of us can seem to remember.
National acts featured at the Sitzmark are always a welcomed sight for concert-goers in Alaska. Skiers, riders and music lovers alike are always pumped when a big name comes to town and honestly, these bands are really pumped to score a gig at Alyeska Resort. Many of the performers have yet to visit Alaska and jump on the opportunity to play in front of a new crowd all while taking in the beauty of the Last Frontier. The Sitzmark has some great national acts on the books for this ski season including Celtic rockers Young Dubliners, always a crowd favorite with their high energy Celtic rock sound. The Los Angeles-based Irish rock band is no stranger to Alaska and the concert crowds who frequent the Sitz. Check them out Feb. 20 and 21, but buy your tickets in advance; Young Dubliners always packs the house and sells out.
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