Anchorage, Alaska, Oct. 3, 2007- Alyeska Resort, home of the 2005 and 2007 U.S. Alpine Championships, is currently in the midst of a three phase, multi-million dollar renovation project enhancing The Hotel Alyeska and Mount Alyeska. The majority of the project is slated for completion prior to the 2007 – 2008-ski season.
“I’ve spent every waking moment reviewing the totality of our product, says John Byrne III, Alyeska Resort owner. ” From snowmaking to our Resort rooms, the restaurant menus to service, everything is undergoing some aspect of improvement. Alyeska is a mountain full of unparalleled beauty and excitement. We are a year-round resort, and these upgrades allow us to provide even more thrills and amenities to our visitors.
The first item that Byrne and his management team checked off of their “to-do list was refurbishing The Hotel Alyeska’s 304 luxury guest rooms. The $3.5M project included adding plush new carpets, delicate Serta Presidential Pillow Top Mattress bed packages, executive desk chairs, MP3 clock radios, Judith Jackson spa amenities, and Alaska Native artwork from Edward Curtis to each room. High speed Internet is now accessible from all rooms and the Hotel Alyeska provides free wireless access in all of its public areas. Major public space renovations, including improvements to the day lodge and the Sitzmark pub are underway, including wireless Internet access in both facilities.
An extensive $4.5M mountain upgrade project also began this summer. Snowmaking extensions were added from the bottom of the mountain to the top of the tram, allowing Alyeska Resort to ready the entire mountain for all levels of riders by Thanksgiving 2007.
Alyeska’s Terrain Park and half pipe were moved to a location better suited for the outrageous traversing of serious freestylers. Burton has joined forces with Alyeska to offer a Learn-to-Ride program enhancing the beginner snowboarder experience. The former Terrain Park space was converted into an easily accessible “beginner area, featuring several new beginner runs. Magic Carpets, moveable walkways similar to those in airports, were installed, further enhancing the novice rider’s experience by eliminating the tow lift.
The upper mountain improvements began with extensive summer trail reconstruction, Trail enhancement and widening of Weir, Von Imhof, Denali and Waterfall trails maximize the challenges of the mountain and availability of powder for experienced riders. Trail grading and widening have been completed on Jim’s Branch, the Weir, Mighty Mite, Spoonline and the Autobahn on North Face. The combination of removing vegetation and adding more snowmaking capability will free up the high congestion areas, or chokes, to improve the overall ski experience.
A new ticketing system will also be brought on line this winter, augmenting the speed and efficiency of access to services and facilities for guests.
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