This summer is the end of an era at Alyeska Resort. Since chair 1 hadn't run in 2 years, and was not going to be loading guests or employees anymore, the resort decided to tear down the lift. Many people asked why we would do this, and the truth is that they don't make parts for these kinds of lifts anymore.
In case you haven't heard, Alyeska Resort will have night operations on the Bear Cub Quad, Ted's Express, Tram AND Lift 7 during spring break, March 9-18!
The 18th will be our last night of night ops for the season, so make sure to come out and enjoy it while you can.
Alyeska Lift Operations just completed 4 days of intense training! As you scroll down through the pics, notice how much the scenery changes in just a few days. On day 1, there was no snow, but snowmaking was firing up for the first time for the season. Then Mother Nature did her thing in conjunction with the man-made snow, and now we are looking ready for winter.
Group photo with snowmaking in the background.
Yay for snow! We are ready to shovel!
Chair 1 will never run again, but we will continue to take group photos here until the lift is removed. It is such an important part of the Alyeska history!
Right now tentative opening day is November 24, Thanksgiving.
There are only 2 weekends left of lift accessed downhill biking at Alyeska! Labor day will be the final day of operations.
We had a great crew this summer of experienced lift operators (Top L to R: Brett, Kjetil, Todd, Doug, Middle row is Cheyenne, and Chris and Kate in the front)
We enjoyed quite a bit of good weather for the first 2 months of operations! There has been some rain lately, but the forecast for this weekend is great. Pictured here: bikes and bikers getting ready to unload at the top of Ted's Express.
And, of course since this is Alaska, we had occasional wildlife visitors as well.