February packed with Alyeska ski events
The winter of 2014 is in full swing at Alyeska Resort, and the skiing and riding has been fantastic. After every snowstorm, the dedicated crew of the Alyeska Ski Patrol works their tails off to get terrain open for guests to enjoy. With winter rolling there are a ton of fun skiing and snowboarding events throughout February starting with the Frostbite Festival taking place Feb. 7-9. The Frostbite Festival is full of park and pipe contests put on by our good friends at ZAK’s Boardroom. Men, women and juniors can compete in ski and snowboard divisions for great prizes and win “king/queen of the mountain” honors. Fort Collins, Colo.,-based band Wasteland Hop will be performing live, free shows at the Sitzmark Friday and Saturday night during the Frostbite Festival for those 21 and older.
Absolut Trivia, brought to you by the Sitzmark, kicks off the February block with four weeks of random questions and answers. Form a team or come solo to the Sitzmark every Tuesday night starting at 7 p.m. for great food and drink specials, light-hearted competition against friends and neighbors, all competing for great prizes from Alpine Air Alaska, Chugach Power Guides and Alyeska Resort. The Odom Corp. of Anchorage has donated the prizes, and there are many, so give trivia a try.
Alyeska’s Town League downhill race series continues through the month, and concludes Feb. 27 at which point an overall winner in men’s and women’s ski, snowboard and telemark will be crowned. Racers have seven weeks to race against the clock and post the fastest times on course. The faster the time, the more points are awarded. The points are tallied throughout the series. At the end the racer with the most points wins the crown and bragging rights for the next year. This year’s series will feature free, live music from local bands and artists every Thursday night at the Sitzmark during the awards and race recap. Title sponsor Coors Light along with other local prize sponsors will be on hand to raffle off great prizes including outerwear, ski gear, movie passes, gift cards and concert tickets.
Challenge your speed and endurance skills on Feb. 21 during the North Face Vertical Challenge. This one-of-a-kind winter event asks this question, “How many times can you ski Alyeska’s North Face in one day?” That’s right, it’s time to crank out the tram laps and point ’em straight down the longest sustained double-black diamond in the United States. The almost two-mile course is at a constant 45-degree angle with some pitches exceeding that grade. Registration is open to the first 50 skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers to compete. The $50 entry fee will give contestants walk-on tram privileges from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to ensure they maximize their downhill capacity for the day.
National acts featured at the Sitzmark continue to impress. The lineup for February and March includes: Tennessee rock ’n’ roll group Glossary, Feb. 14-16; Celtic rockers Young Dubliners, Feb. 21-22; San Francisco-based Mother Hips, March 6-8; and Michal Menert of the electronic group Pretty Lights, March 13-14.