Alyeska Resort: Winter adventure in southcentral Alaska. (Alaska This Month).
Finding adventure in Southcentral Alaska in January is easy for travelers looking to make the most out of their stopovers, business trips or even for locals hoping to get out and experience the things that make this state unique.
Just 40 miles south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway is the Alyeska Resort Alyeska Resort is a ski resort that is located in Girdwood, Alaska, approximately 50 miles (80 km) from the city of Anchorage. Mount Alyeska is part of the Chugach mountain range. . Locals know this place as a great source of day and night skiing or snowboarding. Trails are nestled in the scenic Chugach Mountain range and overlook Turnagain Arm. Combine the exquisitely groomed slopes with this month's events schedule set up by resort officials-not forgetting the topnotch Alyeska Prince Hotel--and anyone can find a little piecef winter heaven at the foot of Mount Alyeska. If you haven't seen this part of Alaska, the drive itself is worth the trip.
This year, from Jan. 18-20, is WinterFest 2002. This annual celebration offers an offbeat off·beat
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Not conforming to an ordinary type or pattern; unconventional: offbeat humor. way to pass the colder parts of January.
"Whether it's sunny and 5 degrees or snowing and 20, there's something fun for everyone," said Celia Baker, marketing manager for Alyeska Resort, Alyeska Prince Hotel. Alyeska has an average annual snowfall at the top of the mountain of 782 inches and 182 at the base. Over the years it has continued as a destination for every level of skier.
The purpose behind WinterFest is to celebrate the halfway point of winter-or at least turning the corner toward warmer times. WinterFest does this Alaska-style, with events like a mountain bike slalom, a polar bear plunge benefiting Challenge Alaska, figure skating on the hotel pond and paragliding exhibitions. This is obviously for those not afraid to get outdoors in the winter. There also are kids' games and activities, a cross-country ski and snowshoe Snowshoe
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Baker said everything in the WinterFest schedule is designed for a nice mid-winter getaway, and closely follows the January celebration started with the New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade and fireworks fireworks: see pyrotechnics.
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The nearby Portage Glacier and Whittier are located a little further south of Alyeska, making Girdwood a perfect stopover for those heading out on sightseeing trips or looking to find a glacier cruise, opening a whole new road to fun.
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A sparsely inhabited rural region. adventure, there is helicopter and snowcat A snowcat is an enclosed-cab, truck sized, fully tracked vehicle designed to move on snow. Snowcats are often referred to as 'trail groomers' because of their use for grooming ski trails ("pistes") or snowmobile trails. skiing provided on the untouched slopes of the Chugach Range by locals like the Chugach Powder Guides. You also can find great snowmobiling and sled dog tours.