The morning of Nov. 25 opens with rain and weather in the forties in Girdwood, but Alyeska workers and season pass holders’ excitement for the onset of the ski season is still high. Nearly one week ago the skies dumped snow across southcentral Alaska and temperatures dropped enough for snow making operations to take place, but on Nov. 24 temperatures rose above freezing and spirits were slightly dampened.
Season pass holders from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will get the opportunity to ski main runs accessed from Ted’s Express, Bear Cub Quad, Chair 7 and the magic carpets. Ben Napolitano, who works for Alyeska’s marketing department, said he expects a few hundred pass holders today on the trails.
The trails were groomed prior to the opening of Season Pass Holder Appreciation Day. Despite the rain, the trails are ice free, maybe a little slushy, but well worth the ride. Lift operators exclaimed that the man made snow has definitely helped.
The snow report in the morning said rain at the base, mixed precipitation mid-mountain and snow on top of Glacier Bowl Express. The weather forecast didn’t look too promising either with 90-100 percent chance for rain all day. Skiers and boarders have been hopeful that precipitation on the mountain will far exceed the previous two seasons which had the lowest precipitation Alyeska has seen in 15 years at only 478 and 476 inches respectively for the 2014-2015 season and the 2013-2014 season.
“Hopefully this rain stops and we get more snow. Feeling optimistic for the season,” said Kiefer Davis, a mechanical engineering major at UAA who was waiting in the day lodge for Season Pass Holder Appreciation Day to officially start. Kiefer said he didn’t mind the rain.
Weather forecasts say more snow is expected on Saturday in Girdwood.