Opening day ticks down at Alyeska
For many skiers and snowboarders, fall is a season filled with anxiousness and an unrest that is hard to satisfy. Fueled by ski movie premiers, Facebook posts and Throw Back Thursday posts on Instagram of POW days gone by, this unrest grows throughout the fall. The days get shorter, the nights get cold and the snowline slowly drops in elevation with the occasional snow squall reaching sea level.
Yes, skiers and riders are patiently waiting and trying not to go crazy in the process, but fall is a beautiful season and there’s a lot to look forward at Alyeska Resort.
The date to mark on the calendar is Nov. 27. That is opening day at Alyeska Resort for the 2014-15 season. Terrain and lifts spinning on opening day will be determined on early snow conditions. The season pass holders out there get a bonus day of skiing and riding on Nov. 26. As an added thank-you to the season pass-holder crowd, The Hotel Alyeska is offering rooms from Nov. 2 through 26 for as low as $59 for the night. Pass holders who want to ensure they get first chair should book a slope-side room at the hotel and be ready to jump on the first tram of the season. To book a pass holder room, call 754-1111.
The end of November not only kicks off the ski season but also the Alyeska Snow Film Series on Wednesday nights running through December. The first film showing on Nov. 26 at the Sitzmark will be a tribute to all the lady shredders out there with Unicorn Picnic’s all-female ski film “Pretty Faces.” “Pretty Faces aims to tell the story of skiing throughout a woman’s life; the story of the skier girl.”
Although the film will showcase females at the top of the sport, it is not limited to professional athletes. The real story is the confidence that skiing can bring forth in a female’s life, no matter where in life that person may be. This story includes the achievements on skis as well as the story of taking the path less traveled. We explore what it means to take risks and how women are doing that in many different ways. More information on the films, show times and location can be found online on Alyeska’s calendar of events or www.thesitzmark.com.
The start of the 2014-15 music scene at the Sitzmark will be Nov. 28 and 29 and will feature local favorite The Dirty Hands. These hard jamming,’ smooth rockin’ locals are all over the map with their musical styling. A mix of Black Keys, Jack White and Nirvana may be the best way to describe their sound. Or, one could simple say, “they get around.”
A season at the Sitzmark would never be complete without a few nationally touring acts coming through Girdwood. On the books for this year’s acts include Leftover Salmon, Young Dubliners, Dead Phish Orchestra, Michal Menert, Keller Williams and The Mother Hips. Visit www.thesitzmark.com for a full schedule of events and concerts.