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New Year’s Eve Annual Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display


GIRDWOOD, Alaska - As the world counts down the days to 2013, Alyeska Resort is anticipating a busy week with schools on holiday break and many businesses closing their doors between the major holidays. Thanks to grooming and periodic powder days, Alyeska’s snow conditions are looking better and better, with last week’s skiers welcoming the opening of the tram.

On the evening of December 31, 2012, the resort will put on its annual torchlight parade and fireworks show starting at 8:00 P.M. The parade consists of volunteer skiers and snowboarders in a procession down the slope creating a stunning visual effect. Immediately following, fireworks will illuminate the sky for a finale show. This event is free and open to the public. The best viewing is at the Daylodge base area.

Anchorage’s favorite ska band Nervis Rex takes the Sitzmark Bar & Grill stage at 10:00 P.M. Tickets are $10, and they can be purchased at the resort ticket offices, online at AlyeskaResort.com or by calling 907-754-2275.

Always a local favorite, holiday night-skiing continues through January 5, 2013 operating daily excluding December 24 and 31, 2012. Night-skiing includes the tram, Ted’s Express and Bear Cub Quad from 4:00 to 9:00 PM.

Holiday Feasts

To celebrate the other holiday tradition – indulgence of good food – the resort is also offering a variety of special dining options. Seven Glaciers Restaurant, winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award, is serving a special five-course Chef’s Tasting dinner on December 31, 2012 in addition to the new winter menu from Executive Chef Jason Porter. Seven Glaciers is located at the top of the scenic aerial tram, about a five minute ride. With advanced reservations, guests dining at the restaurant receive a complimentary tram ride. Seven Glaciers is open daily during the holidays serving lunch and dinner from 12:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

For families and large groups, the Pond Café is offering a traditional New Year’s Eve holiday buffet on December 31, 2012 with two seatings  at 5:00 P.M and 7:00 P.M..  The following morning, January 1, there will be a special New Year’s Day Buffet served from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M..

Alyeska Resort highly recommends advance reservations for holiday meals, which can be made by calling  907-754-2237.

About Alyeska Resort (www.AlyeskaResort.com)
Alyeska Resort is Alaska's premier year-round destination featuring The Hotel Alyeska, an award-winning 304 room full-service property. Located just 40 miles from Anchorage and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Alyeska Resort is your base camp for summer and winter excursions. Alyeska Resort stands out during ski season with 650” of average snowfall annually and the longest-continuous double black diamond ski run in North America. Learn more about the resort and plan your Alaskan adventure at www.AlyeskaResort.com or 800.880.3880.


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