At the start of the new year, we embarked on a mini-road trip from Anchorage to Alyeska to ring in the new year correctly: Snowboarding. When in a winter wonderland, such as Alaska one must enjoy the splendors of what nature offers with the first on the list being Alaska’s Premiere Snow/Ski Resort.
It was only our second time snowboarding which meant we had no board or snow gear. If find yourself in a similar situation like us, have no fear! You can rent gear in at two places around Alyeska – Alyeska Resort and Daylodge Rental Shop. For more information on rentals and equipment, click here.
After signing-in by filling out some mandatory forms, the customer service representatives will begin to aid you in sizing up your board/ski and boots.
We went the night before, about 30 minutes to closing and found ourselves to be the only guests around, making this step easier. The worker will give you your board and do the fitting with your boots.
Alyeska rents out their snowboard, boots, and helmets. Keep in mind that there are no rentals for masks and gloves although the retail store, next to the fitting area, offers items for purchase. If you are concerned about being too cold on the slopes, I would say dress one layer down before heading up – you will work up a sweat quickly, especially if you are falling a lot.
Start at Chair 7, especially for those first-time learners. It has two ways to go down, this way or the other way which is at the Sitzmark bar and grill.
This is the view from Sitzmark bar & grill where Mary and our parents watched while we went down the slopes over and over again. this is another place for first timers since they have easier slopes.
You can also take a lift to the top of the mountain where you can also head back via gondola and enjoy a nice warm bowl of chili.
Since the winter nights are long, nighttime snowboarding is available until 11 pm however, the sun began to set around 230/3pm during our visit.
Although Alaska itself is limited in mountain resorts, Alyeska is more than enough to satisfy your craving for snow play. It’s a nice little place to bring your family, especially if you are a beginner.
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