Monday, December 29, 2008

View from the top



Playing tourists, Mom, Gramma and I went to Alyeska and took the tram to the top. I had never done that. This is their first visit here in the winter, from Illinois and Wisconsin. We got the combo package for tram lift and lunch at the top. That was a highlight of our time together.

The views were magnificent, and perhaps just as neat was the fact that it's Christmas break and the ski resort was teeming with teens out of school. Their energy was fun and showed how Alaskans love to have fun in the snow, even if it was -15 degrees at the top of the mountain. The alpenglow on the mountains this time of year is extraordinary. Watching the mountains turn pink and orange was gorgeous. We also enjoyed watching little planes buzz around below us, closer to the valley floor, down by the hotel, which appeared tiny from our vantage above. From our table at lunch, we overheard kids exclaiming about skiers who hopped off the edge outside the restaurant to do a double diamond run. Those looked as close to vertical as I can imagine. We also saw a helicoptor ferrying heliskiers into the back country to drop them into virgin powder.
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