Alyeska opens back up


by Derek Smith

 ANCHORAGE, Ak--   Recent days, even weeks in the last frontier haven't seemed normal.

"It's like spring skiing conditions. Super corn snow, some groom trails. Its nice, its warm,"  Alyeska season pass holder Josh Meiser says. 
 It's been fairly warm. Some would think that would cause havok on a ski town.
"Oh, we aren't closed. If you can't have fun in these conditions, you can't have fun anywhere," says Alyeska snowboarder Dorothy Olmstead.
 While Alaskans are toughing out mother nature, Alyeska opened friday, demonstrating a resilient spirit.
"But we have worked through that. Our snow safety crew is working hard to get terrain open and we managed  to get two thousand feet of vertical terrain open. I got a tram running, 3 chair lifts, 2 magic carpets," Mountain Services Manager Brian Burnett says. 
The resort hadn't had to close the mountain down in nearly five years, like they had to this year. Two days, that allowed staff to figure out a solution. Make their own powder.
 "Without snow making, we would have all of our snow washed away," Burnett says. 
   Without knowing when mother nature will lend a helping hand, for now, this way is keeping Alyeska alive.
"This is what snow making does. This is why you have snow making, so we can keep our staff employed so we can keep our mountain open so that we can all ski, ride, and get pay checks," says Burnett.
  For now, winter sports enthusiasts are just happy to be on the mountain.
"Its varying conditions but it's good snow, its skiing real nice. What's open is skiing really well, " Meiser says. 

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