Sitz puts an edge on local music scene
January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, a national initiative designed for all ages to encourage improvement of snowsport skills through lessons and coaching. Alyeska Resort joins the effort this winter with an introductory package, designed for those new to skiing and snowboarding, that includes three beginner-level lessons, lower mountain lift ticket and rental equipment for $99 per person, a savings of $110 off regular lesson package rates. The three group lessons are valid in January 2013 only. Those interested in a ski package must be age five or older; those preferring a snowboard package must be age eight or older. Packages can be purchased in person at the Mountain Learning Center Desk located in the Daylodge, online at AlyeskaResort.com or by phone at 907-754-2280.
The popular Snow Film Series continues on Wednesday nights in January. The next movie will be Two Plank Production’s Because and Salomon’s Tempting Fear on January 9. The free show starts at 7 p.m. Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour showcases the best selection of short films from the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, now in its 35th year. The tour returns to the Sitzmark on January 23 at 7 pm and costs $10.
The 2013 Town League Race Series Thursday night races run for seven weeks from January 17 to February 28. The gate racing league is open to alpine, snowboarders and telemarkers. People can pull a team of seven together or participate as an individual.
The Sitzmark Bar & Grill is Girdwood’s go-to venue for live music from local and national acts alike. From live music and DJs to film screenings and theme nights, The Sitz is the place to be. Stay connected with upcoming events and concerts, menus and weekly specials at the Sitzmark’s newly launched website: www.thesitzmark.com.
Live music at the Sitzmark carries on throughout the winter. January concerts include Young Fangs and Modern Savages, Monolith Agency’s showcase of top independent Anchorage musicians on January 4 and 5. Advance tickets $5, day of show $7. Another rising Anchorage musician Meg Mackey and her band return to the Sitzmark on January 11 and 12, tickets $5. The legendary Great American Taxi returns with their signature sound: upbeat, country-, bluegrass-, rock-infused Americana-without-borders. The band will play three nights on January 18, 19 and 20. Tickets $15 advance, $20 day of show. Lastly, January 25 wraps up this month’s live music with local favorites The Whipsaws. Tickets cost $5.
Pub Stumpers Wednesday Trivia Night begins Jan. 16 and continues every other Wednesday in January and February, increasing to every Wednesday in March and April. Games start at 7 p.m.
Alyeska Resort is recognizing the importance of safety on the slopes by participating in National Safety Awareness Week between January 19 and 27, 2013. The primary goal of the week’s activities is to raise awareness among skiers and snowboarders for safe habits and practices on the slopes. The promotional week offers a number of programs and activities designed to reinforce positive practices on the mountain with fun rewards for participating skiers and snowboarders wearing helmets, partaking in freestyle coaching, avalanche beacon training and more.
The 4th Annual Ski Patrol Auction is back on Friday, January 25 at 8 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for the Avalanche Rescue Dog Program and Alyeska’s team of three avalanche dogs: Zooka, Fundy and Yuki. Patrollers will strut their stuff on the catwalk while you bid for an early morning ski with your favorite patroller and mountain operations team member. Emcee Paul McGuire will lead the bidding frenzy. The auction runs from 8 pm to 10 pm.
North American Outdoor Institute presents ‘Beacon & Eggs Training’ on January 26. This free backcountry and avalanche awareness clinic includes topics such as identifying and assessing avalanche terrain, trip planning, route selection and intro to use of beacons, shovels, probes and emergency response. The clinic is free with an optional breakfast for $15.
Military Mondays allow Alyeska to thank the Armed Forces with a day of free lift tickets, discounted rentals and hotel rooms plus featured lunch specials. Remaining Military Monday dates this winter include January 7, February 4, March 4 and April 1. Every Military Monday the Sitzmark also hosts a free Open Mic Night at 8 pm.
Every Sunday night this winter Seven Glaciers Restaurant is offering a 3-course prix fixe menu for only $49. This rotating seasonal menu is a great way to sample Chef Jason Porter’s amazing selections. A Sunday night room package includes the prix fixe dinner for two plus an overnight stay for only $199 per night. Restaurant reservations: 907-754-2237.
Costco on Dimond or Debarr in Anchorage is selling two days of skiing for $104.99 (20 percent savings off regular rates). The vouchers are non-transferable.
Find full details regarding Alyeska Resort at www.alyeskaresort.com.
Alyeska Resort & Hotel
1000 Arlberg Ave
Girdwood, AK 99587
Phone: Mountain Operations (907) 754-2545
Directions: Take Seward Highway to mile 90 and turn onto Alyeska Highway. After 3 miles there will be a T intersection with a resort sign. Turn left on Arlberg, Ave and follow it to the resort.
Directions: Arctic Valley ski area and the Alpenglow Lodge are located at Mile 7 of Arctic Valley Road, just 1 mile past the Muldoon Exit of the Glenn Highway when coming from Anchorage. From Eagle River and the Valley, take the Fort Richardson Exit and turn left. Follow the frontage road to Arctic Valley Road.
Hilltop Ski Area
7015 Abbott Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
Phone: Ski Hotline: (907) 346-2167, Ticket Office: (907) 346-1407
Directions: Take Abbott Road from Seward Highway heading east. Turn left to Hilltop before Abbott becomes Hillside Drive.