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Alyeska Resort’s Spring Carnival & Slush Cup: April 11-13

March 27, 2014 (Girdwood, Alaska) – The 37th annual Spring Carnival and Slush Cup weekend  at Alyeska Resort will span Friday, April 11 to Sunday, April 13, 2014. Festivities will kick off Friday evening at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill with the Slush Cup Costume Party from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. where half of the 50 Taco Bell Slush Cup participant slots will be awarded based on quality of costume. Three judges will score costumes based originality, flare and style. Those with winning costumes will have the opportunity to prepay the $50 registration fee and rest in peace knowing that their Slush Cup spot is guaranteed. The remaining 25 openings will be designated on Saturday at the pond skim venue.

Registration for the remaining spots starts at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 12 and will be held at the main event tent located near the base of the Bear Cub Quad. Participants must register by 1:00 P.M. and the selection process will take place at 1:30 P.M. Guests can also register for Sunday’s competitions at the same location.

The Idiot Swim Across will take place at 3:00 P.M. where brave souls, young and old, voluntarily jump into the glacier cold pond and swim across for the audience’s entertainment. 

At 4:00 P.M. the first of the 50 Slush Cup competitors will attempt to make it across the 90-foot long pool of freezing water. Competitors will be judged on air, trick and style with bonus points awarded for those lucky enough to make it all the way across the pond. This year’s Taco Bell Slush Cup winner will take home a 2014/15 season pass from Alyeska Resort.

The festivities continue on Sunday, April 13 with the Dummy Downhill, Mountain Bike Race and XTRATUF™ Tug o’ War competitions.

The Dummy Downhill is one of the most creative competitions at the resort involving home-made works of art designed for optimal flight down a ski run. All participating dummies will be on display in the Bear Cub Quad chairlift base area. The competition will begin at 12:00 P.M.

New this year, a mountain bike race will start at 1:00 P.M. There is no entry fee for this event, but all competitors must have a lower mountain lift ticket or season pass in order to ride the Bear Cub Quad chairlift to the start venue.

The Tug o’ War competition will start at 3:00 P.M. Teams of five, with a mandatory female participant per team, will compete head-to-head in single elimination rounds. One team will be crowned “XTRATUF” champions. There is a juniors division for those under the ages of 18.

All three nights of Spring Carnival weekend will feature performances by Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill. The rootsy rockers will return to the Sitzmark stage on April 11, 12 and 13. Doors open at 8:30 P.M. and opening act Jeff Crosby will take the stage at 9:30 P.M. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 day of show. Ladies will receive free entry to the show on Sunday, April 13.

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. The resort is within close proximity of three national parks and the Kenai Peninsula, and is home to the northernmost temperate rainforest, part of the Chugach Mountains. Alyeska Resort stands out in 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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