By Amy Quesenberry
Special to the Turnagain Times
Photo Courtesy of Steve Bruer
Tulips bloom in the Hotel Alyeska pond courtyard.
Fiddlehead Folk Festival June 19
Break out your dancing shoes on Saturday, June 19 at the Daylodge for a full day of music at the Fiddlehead Folk Festival. Gates open at noon and music runs from 1:00 p.m. to midnight. The headliner band is Great American Taxi, a county-rock-Bluegrass-jam band featuring Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon. The main line-up also includes The Greencards, a Grammy-nominated Bluegrass trio from Nashville. Alaskan acts Melissa Mitchell and Wellstrung, along with other talented local bands will round out the day. The festival will feature a beer garden and vendors selling their handmade Alaskan crafts and food. Tickets are $30 advance and $35 day of show for adults. Students/Military/Seniors cost $25 advance and $30 day of show. Kids 12 and under are free. Buy tickets online or call 754-2275.
Father's Day brunch
Just say no to tools, ties and cologne this Father's Day. Get dad off the couch and into the Pond Café on Sunday, June 20 for a “Man Brunch” featuring pulled pork sliders, made-to-order omelets, “Real Men Eat Quiche”, pasta station and of course, lots of bacon. Seatings are at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and noon. Brunch pricing is $29.50 for adults, $22 for students, $12 for ages 4 to 7 and three and under are free. Call 754-2237 to make a reservation. Find great gifts for every type of Dad at the Father's Day Sale at Alyeska Mountain Shop and Glacier Gift and Gallery.
Sakura & Sushi Bar
Roll on in to Sakura and satisfy your sushi craving this summer without going broke with our new “Roll & Beer” special. $8 gets you a chef's choice roll of the day and a Sapporo beer. Sakura is open from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, and is located on the third floor of The Hotel Alyeska.
Hiking and Biking Trails opening
The trails around Alyeska Resort are emerging from their blanket of snow and are rapidly becoming passable. Please keep in mind that trails recently free of snow are in a delicate state until they dry out. All of the lower mountain trails are free of snow and ready for hiking and biking activities. There is still a considerable snow load on most of the mid and upper mountain hiking routes. The North Face Trail will likely have snow pack into mid July. The Bowl routes and Race Trail routes should be passable once the Alyeska Summer Camps are finished up on June 18. Be sure to be “bear aware” out on the trails. The moose are calving so there is lots of bear activity in the valley. Practice “leave no trace” when you are out on the trails. We have lots of local maps on the website to download so you know where to go when you take off. See you out on the trails!
Crews Working to Upgrade Mighty Mite Hiking Trail
Crews are currently working on upgrading an upper mountain hiking trail on the Mighty Mite ski run. The goal is to eliminate the multiple paths that meander up and down the run, and consolidate foot traffic impact to one primary path in an effort to cut down to trail erosion. The end result will be a clearly defined trail that all hikers will enjoy. Mighty Mite will be closed for hiking during construction.
Artillery “Duds” on the Mountain
The Snow Safety department at Alyeska uses military artillery for avalanche mitigation work and typically shoots 400 to 600 rounds per season. Occasionally a round fails to detonate, due to either deep snow or mechanism failure, and it not uncommon to come across one of these unexploded rounds while hiking some of the steeper terrain of Mt. Alyeska. It is extremely unlikely that you would find a dud on any of the main trails or ski runs, and they are typically found within a few hundred feet of the ridge tops or in the run-out areas immediately below. If you find a dud, do not touch it! Use a rock pile or bright colored cloth to mark it's location from ten feet away and notify Snow Safety immediately by calling 754-2272.