With classes on hold, now’s the time to head to Aly
The winter of 2014 is in full swing at Alyeska Resort, and despite a late-January warming, the skiing and riding has been fantastic. After every snowstorm, the crew of the Alyeska Ski Patrol works their tails off to get terrain open for guests to enjoy. With winter rolling and more daylight there are tons of reasons to get out to Alyeska Resort for skiing, snowboarding, food and music events throughout March.
The Sitzmark Bar & Grill is kicking off spring break with three days of the California jam/rock band, Mother Hips. The Mother Hips have never played in Alaska and are very excited to be making their way to the last frontier. Mother Hips’ front man Tim Bluhm played at Alyeska Resort in 2013 with his other project, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers. If you happened to get tickets to one of those sold-out shows last season then you’re familiar with Tim Bluhm’s smooth rock/soul/jam style and sounds. Catch Mother Hips March 6, 7 and 8 at the Sitzmark.
Closing out the spring break week is Polish EDM producer Michal Menert on March 14 and 15. Menert, who also performed to a sold-out crowd at the Sitzmark in 2013, is most famous for co-founding Pretty Lights, a Colorado-based electronica group that has gained a ton of admiration in the world of electronic music. Menert specializes on synthesizing harmonic rhythms with heart-pounding bass while sampling beats from the ’40s through the ’70s to add his own flair.
The Sitzmark will be featuring free concerts on Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day this year. March 4, which is Fat Tuesday, the kickoff to Mardi Gras will feature the Pub Scouts starting at 10 p.m. Swing by for the free show in costume and remember to bring beads to throw! St. Patrick’s Day falls on Monday, March 17, and the Sitzmark welcomes Fire on McGinnis to celebrate all things Irish. The week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day will feature great food, beer and whiskey specials. Be sure to dress up in green and bring your party attitude.
Absolut trivia brought to you by the Sitzmark and Absolut Vodka kicks off the fourth and final block of trivia on March 18 and will run to April 8. Form a team or come solo to the Sitzmark every Tuesday night starting at 7 p.m. during that time block 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. Prizes donated by the Odom Corp. of Anchorage.
Challenge your big-mountain skills during the Chugach Open March 20-23. This big-mountain Alaska competition sets out to answer the question, “Who is the king of the mountain?” Skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers are put on top of some of the biggest terrain offered at Alyeska with three different venues worth of natural features, hits and lines. Registration is open to skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers with a $110 entry fee, which does not include the price of a lift ticket.
National acts featured at the Sitzmark fill the books for spring season. Lucero will be making its third trip up to Alaska and Alyeska Resort April 3-5 while Jerry Joseph and the Jack Mormons wrap up the national act schedule over Slush Cup weekend. The weekend of Spring Carnival will also feature Los Angeles-based Jeff Crosby for free après music from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Sitzmark.