Alyeska Resort plans to open Wednesday, November 24 for the 2010-11 winter season

November 22, 2010 (Girdwood, Alaska) – Sporting a base of 62 inches at the summit and a total of 113 inches of snowfall for the season, Alyeska Resort is preparing for opening day, Wednesday, November 24, 2010. The Resort will be running the Tram, Chair 6, Chair 4, Bear Cub Quad and both Magic Carpets for ski and snowboard operations from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Mountain Learning Center and Sitzmark Bar & Grill will begin daily operations and the aerial tram will also be re-opening for sightseeing and lunch at Glacier Express.

Early season conditions do exist on the mountain and skiers and riders are urged to use caution and be aware of obstacles that might appear. The Lower Bowl and all outer areas will remain closed, and limited runs will be open below the base of Chair 6 so skiers are advised to ski slowly and in control.

Thanks to low temperatures earlier in the month, snow-guns have been able to run consistently, resulting in a healthy man-made base on lower mountain terrain near the Alyeska base area. For the snow guns to operate, the air temperature needs be to 26 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Alyeska Resort’s ability to make snow complements the efforts of Mother Nature, resulting in safer and more enjoyable experience for skiers and snowboarders. Alyeska Resort operates a snow hotline (907-SKI-SNOW or 907-754-7669), and the resort encourages skiers and snowboarders to call the hotline for the most accurate snow conditions and other useful information such as lift status, openings and closures of terrain, and event details.

The Alyeska 60-passenger aerial tram provides skiers, snowboarders and guests seeking a scenic ride access to the Upper Tram Terminal, located at 2,300 feet in elevation. Lift tickets and scenic ride tickets for the Tram can be purchased at any Alyeska Ticket Office. At the Upper Tram Terminal, Alyeska Resort offers two dining options: Seven Glaciers, Alaska’s only AAA Four Diamond rated mountain-top restaurant, and Glacier Express, a casual cafeteria-style atmosphere perfect for families. Seven Glaciers will be open for lunch this winter from noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; dinner is served starting at 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday nights.

Since opening day falls over the Thanksgiving holidays, Alyeska Resort will be serving Thanksgiving Buffet at The Pond Café, located in The Hotel Alyeska at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 25, 2010. The menu features traditional favorites including roasted tom turkey, braised short ribs, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, pecan sweet potatoes and a variety of desserts. The price for adults is $36 and the price for kids between the ages of 6 and 12 is $16.

Seven Glaciers Restaurant will kick off their winter season from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 25 when new Executive Chef Jason Porter will be introducing his new winter menu and special Thanksgiving selections. Reservations can be made at 907-754-2237.

For Anchorage skiers and riders seeking a winter getaway, packaged savings for the month of December are available through the reservations center and online. By visiting before the holiday rush, skiers and riders can save up to 30% off regular rates by booking an early season package (valid on packages available from December 1 – 16, 2010). Rates are available starting from $79 per person for a Sunday to Thursday arrival and from $99 per person for arrivals on Friday or Saturday. This Ski & Stay Package includes one-night deluxe accommodations and adult lift tickets.

To take advantage of any winter packages, please call Alyeska Resort Reservations at 800-880-3880 or 907-754-2111, or visit www.AlyeskaResort.com for more information. Alyeska Resort packages are priced per person based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted and promotional pricing includes tax and resort fee. All packages are available starting December 1, 2010 and expire May 31, 2011 and subject to availability