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    Alyeska Resort feedback and updates.

    Hi all I thought it might be time to update the thread for Alyeska as the old one was getting a bit long and outdated.

    DH is in full swing here at Alyeska and we've had great turnout since our opening day on July 4th. Jake and Tony have been hard at it building and maintaining the trails and we're always looking for feedback from the riders out there. There is a fleet of Kona's at the Daylodge from both this season and last availiable for rent. We have a special running on Friday's that includes a half price bike rental for a half-day (3pm - 6pm) when you buy a bike lift ticket and free one-hour familiarization tour of the Bike Park. Fridays at 1pm only. Open to anyone. Check Alyeska's website for more info Alaska Downhill Mountain Bike Park | Alyeska Resort

    Burntski and I will do what we can to answer any questions you all have and relay any feedback or suggestions to the crew.

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    Enduro/Criterium at Alyeska. Details here. Mtn Bike Criterium Race
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    Alyeska Resort feedback and updates.-gedc0166s.jpgAlyeska Resort feedback and updates.-gedc0164s.jpgAwesome stuff, loved the impromptu (for me) Enduro race today! Great trails and that rain really made the rest of the day and trails awesome.
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    Yeah. Nice work and keep it up.

    Spent Friday there, and had a blast. Best experience there so far. Jumps are good, nice feature on the bottom of chair 3 with the jump line and wood work rollover. Keep it coming. Cliff drop off the rocks under 4 on anyone's mind?
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    The conditions at Alyeska were at an all time best over the weekend, so incredibly dry. The trail crew's work raking out Tanaka, Gear Jammer and Bermuda made the trails very buff and fast.

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    Echo'n what everyone else has to say. Amazing job with the trails and the new features, and especially the new trail to the left off Rollover. Xtra Tuff buffed out very well, and just about everything else in between. Amazing difference between July 4th weekend to now.

    Looking forward to next weekend, and the races!

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    might hit this up on sunday, any suggestions for an aleyeska noob?

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    Chest cam footage from Sunday. Trails were awesome!


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    Munky,
    Few suggestions for ya. If your renting a bike and the weather is good you might want to get to the Daylodge earlier rather than later so you have more selection and availability. We have been renting out of bikes on the nice days. Not sure what your DH experience is, but a lesson would be a good way to cover the basics and learn the trails. Chair 3 is a good place to start and get the feel for things. Lots of fun shorter trails. After your warmed up on chair 3 and the arm pump tapers off head up to Chair 4 and try waterfall to Tanaka grasslands. My favorite lap off of chair 4 is highway to gear jammer, burmuda, race trail, caution trees, and then out rock monster. Hope you have fun on the hill!
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    Hey thanks for all the info! ill be bringing my own bike. how much is a lesson?

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    Munky this should tell ya what you need to know. Alaska Downhill Mountain Bike Park | Alyeska Resort

    What kind of bike are you bringing? Reason I ask is that if it's a hardtail or XC type full suspension you will have fun but struggle on some of the more difficult trails. The harder trails have drop offs (roots, rocks) that will try to pitch you if your frame geometry is XCish. I have a Santa Cruz Nomad (6.5" travel) that I ride sometimes here and while I can get down all the trails ok it's not nearly as confidence inspiring (or fun) as on a dedicated DH rig with slack geometry. Definetly something to consider. We do half price DH bike rentals (with purchase of a lift ticket) on Friday's starting at 3pm. It rained here last night so the dirt should be great this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigskyguy View Post
    Munky this should tell ya what you need to know. Alaska Downhill Mountain Bike Park | Alyeska Resort

    What kind of bike are you bringing? Reason I ask is that if it's a hardtail or XC type full suspension you will have fun but struggle on some of the more difficult trails. The harder trails have drop offs (roots, rocks) that will try to pitch you if your frame geometry is XCish. I have a Santa Cruz Nomad (6.5" travel) that I ride sometimes here and while I can get down all the trails ok it's not nearly as confidence inspiring (or fun) as on a dedicated DH rig with slack geometry. Definetly something to consider. We do half price DH bike rentals (with purchase of a lift ticket) on Friday's starting at 3pm. It rained here last night so the dirt should be great this weekend.
    my bike is a 13 giant trance x2. It's got 5" front and rear.. figured I would try it with this before I jump into a dedicated dh bike.

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    any news on where the DH race will be on the MTN??

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    Alyeska DH Series

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    any news on where the DH race will be on the MTN??
    Good Morning Turbo! We are planning on the race to be a 2 run (combined time) event on the BCQ trails. First run will be on the Big Spruce alignment and finish thru the bottom jump (middle) line. The second run will be on Roll Over and will finish thru the twin towers jumps just above the Sitz Deck. Please register at Daylodge between 11 & 2 and the event will kick off at 3. Every one will make their first run, then we move the timing from Big Spruce to Roll Over and every one has their 2nd run. Entry is the lift ticket you buy or if you have a pass, you can register w/ the pass. Those of you under 18, please remember that "The Man" requires us to get a signed waiver from your folks before we let you run for the glory.
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    Huge turnout today for the race and riding on the mountain! Wanted to say thanks to Burntski and all the crew for putting on such a kickass event. Definitely looking forward to the August Race!

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    Flew up on 7/12 and had a couple days at the lifts. The mountain is better than last year for sure. I just wanted to see some more jumps in the mid/upper mountain sections. I was stoked to see the bigger A lines and such on the lower half. I loved the technical trails like gear jammer and alike but found some of the black trails missing a few big hits. I would love to see a jump trail that starts higher up and continues thru the park at the bottom.

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    Thanks for coming up for another park session simpterfex! We have been focusing on maintaining the trails that we have already constructed over the last few years. However, new features are starting to pop up. Please keep in mind that some areas of the park are still snow covered at the end of June, so trail building gets started a little later than one would think. Jake and his small crew are working to improve what's already in the ground and looking to make the enhancements that keep riding fresh and exciting for all of our park riders. Thanks for the visit & feedback. See you next season!
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    Did you guys advertise your "Bikefest" other than word of mouth or local bikeshops? Would of been nice to see it in here somewhere instead of hearing about it threw the grapevine.


    Alyeska needs a facebook page, not Alyeska Resort, or Alyeska Aerial Tramway. I know you have the homepage, but that is not enough if your looking to get people on the lifts.


    You guys have a bikepark on your property, a legit page like Alyeska Bike Park would be nice, followed up with pics, vids, maybe even an instagram account or twitter updated regularly. Embrace social media for what it is, and grow the community.

    Mimic Whistler, and other successful venues, copy their ideas, and learn from their experiences and you will have riders beating down the doors rain or shine to ride the trails.


    I know were not a Whistler type venue, here is an example.


    Whistler Mountain Bike Park - Whistler, BC, Canada

    https://www.facebook.com/WhistlerBikePark

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    Or snow or shine

    I agree. I was just poking around on the Whistler pages and the stoke they have there. It would be cool to see some videos/pictures, carnage, etc from Alyeska.
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    What are the conditions at Alyeska? Snow line? We plan on being there this weekend for the DH race. Any updates would be appreciated.

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    It's supposed to be warmer this week. It wasn't much accumulating on the mountain, so there's a good chance it will melt off.
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    And just to put it out there...DH race next weekend! Lock up your daughters, lock up your wife, lock up your back door and run for your lives!
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    This may be a stupid question but are you allowed to go in the trails without having to pay a lift ticket. Of course u cant use the lifts to get up but I guess my question is basically is it free to ride in the trails where you are able to climb the bike yourself?

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    I'd bet, absolutely not.
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    Not sure about bikes but you are definitly free and encouraged to hike the mountain in summer without paying. The policy is actually that you can get a free gondola ride back down to the hotel if you hike/run yourself up the mountain.

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    Anyone know the season pass prices for this year yet?

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    Moved up from CO in May, and rode Alyeska for the first time later last summer. Here's my $0.02: I'd like to see some trails that are less consistently steep.. I love steep sections, but when the whole thing is steep you can never get off your brakes and really open things up. Its OK to make DH trails that aren't 100% straight down . It looks like the newer trails being put in are better about this though, especially on the far east side of the mountain.

    For me, the ideal trail would have really speedy sections, some fast and slow tech, and some good table-top jumps thrown in there.

    Looks like a great start so far though, and I look forward to seeing it evolve!

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    I didn't think the trails were overly steep, no steeper than the trails at Northstar and other places, what you may be asking for is a few more intermediate trails from the top, as advanced ones tend to be steeper. It's a steep mountain BTW. Getting up a little higher on the upper mountain adds some more variety to this, as there are a few "less steep" ones up there.
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    I see what skinny is saying. Alyeska is a very steep mountain though, in most places. However, there are places to put trail in that can utilize the less steep stuff and throw in tables/berms/flow that you can keep your speed up for. Buff it out so you don't get rattled to death kind of trail. I'm thinking A-line in Whistler actually. A trail like that on Mt. Alyeska would be even cooler than the Whistler one. In time, I'm sure it will be there. I hope.
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    Alyeska Resort feedback and updates.

    The feedback and suggestions are very much appreciated. The silver tip trail, once buffed in a bit further and drainage tweaked, will hopefully become more flowing. The terrain definitely lends itself to building challenges for the crew. Drainage is a huge hurdle with 20" of rain in a month. Other things we have to contend with are the location of underground utilities, hiker/biker separation, snowmaking utilities, and the big one....budget. Keep in mind whistler has a significantly larger population to pull from and a much much larger operations and construction budget. We try and use every dollar as best we can to try and make the riding fun and challenging to as many folks as possible. Operating, staffing, fueling, and maintaining all the prices to the puzzle is always a balancing act. I'd be happy to meet up for a lap on the hill (or beer at the sitz) and hear about your experience on the trails.

    On a side note we are having an on snow DH race this Sunday (check the Facebook page for more details) Registration is free to pass and ticket holders and $10.00 for non. Course will be mostly run on the big spruce trail.


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    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Sweet!
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    I'm so stoked there is a park there at all. Years ago when a trail crew dug in a rough, steep, gnarly couple of runs down Tanaka area, I thought it was the coolest thing. Even though it broke my friends' arm in half. What you guys have going there now is very cool. It inspired a dh bike purchase.

    Is chair 6 going to run this year?
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    Alyeska Resort feedback and updates.

    Chair 6 will indeed run this year. It'll start later in the season as conditions permit. Things should melt out pretty quick this year. We don't have any large scale construction projects so there will be very few (if any) closure areas. Due to budget we will be splitting up the bike tray carriers between Ted's express (ch4) and Glacier Bowl Express (GBX/ch4) so the spacing will be slightly larger. But it will still be waaaaay faster than any other way to the top. The trail crew is starting work on June 1st and we'll be opening on June 27th.


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    Rad. Can't wait. Season pass info? How much are those puppies going to be?
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    Season pass 250$

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    Somebody may have a perfect alyeska bike for sale. That person may or may not be me.

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    Re: Alyeska Resort feedback and updates.

    Quote Originally Posted by chugachjed View Post
    Somebody may have a perfect alyeska bike for sale. That person may or may not be me.
    Might have a friend interested what's the details

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    Whats the tentative plan on the race series this year?

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    We have an opening at Alyeska for a hiking and biking trail crew member. If you love swinging a Pulaski, brush cutting, chain sawing, and raking we should talk. Bonus points for skid steer, dozer, and mini-excavator experience. 4-10 schedule and bike pass included along with hourly salary (to be discussed). PM me if you think you'd be a good fit or know someone who would be interested.
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    Alyeska Trail Conditions

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    How are the trails looking? How much has thawed out?

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    Alyeska Resort feedback and updates.

    ANC, Chair 4 down is melted out and some sections are riding good. There is still some patches of snow scattered about in the shady spots and snow melt still has things soft and tender in places. The top of chair 6 is still pretty deep. I was up with a snowcat trying to push out the road to the top but it needs a bit more help from Mother Nature still. Sign line, silver tip, and the Fridays still have patches of snow that'll need to melt before we can get to work on them. I bet July and they'll be ready. Gear jammer down is mostly dry and should shape up well by opening.


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    Re: Alyeska Resort feedback and updates.



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    What's the word on Chair 6 riding this year? There are some fun sections up there, and so much potential for jump lines and some flow runs. I daydream a lot.

    My DH rig is almost done. 8 years ago, I wanted this thing but had no justification until the Alyeska bike park was born. Really, can't freaking wait.
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    Alyeska Resort feedback and updates.

    Elf, first off, sweet build. That bike looks really fun. As far as chair 6 goes we're shooting for having it by June 27 but it's really dependent on snowmelt and I'd wager it'll be more like July 4th(ish) before it's melted out and ride ready up there. We had to tear down the bobcat jumps to put in a snow machine corridor this past winter (insurance company requirement) but we're going to put the bigger features up in glacier bowl (top of ch6). The soil up there is glacial till and really conducive to building features, it also drains really well. There are a bunch of natural spines and ridges already in place and I envision some fun wedgie hits along with some step up/downs and transfers. Myself and the other mtn mgmt wants to put in a pump track in the middle parking lot as well, but we'll have to see how we're sitting for gravel once all the ch3 features get built. The hiking, biking, and snow surfaces crews start the 15th (labor budgets are fun!) and they will have a lot of work to get done prior to opening. Chair 4 down is the focus and we'll work our way towards the top as the snow melts. See ya on opening weekend!


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    Heh, I fondled your new bike yesterday. Looks sweet I'm jealous.

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    I hope you wore a condom. I think I'm picking it up today. I need to sell my truck, house, and dogs first though.
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    Im willing to throw 15 bucks in gas when it opens next weekend if anybody would be willing to let me ride with them down and back.

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    I just did my pregame yesterday at Trestle, soooo much fun.
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    How are things shaping up? Chair 4 & 6 open?

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