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Get Out: Spring skiing

By Brett Shepard 7:25 PM April 10, 2014

Many of us are getting the spring itch, but there is still plenty of winter fun to be found throughout Alaska.

If you are one of those people who just can’t get enough of winter, then this week’s Get Out is just for you.

Spring is my favorite time of year to hit the slopes. The days are getting longer and the temperatures are getting warmer.

“It’s wall-to-wall groomers. The snow is soft. And yeah, the sun is out,” said Alyeska Resort Marketing Manager Ben Napolitano.

Given the lousy weather we saw in Southcentral in January, you may be wondering if spring skiing was even going to be a possibility this year. But Mother Nature was just throwing us her usual curveball.

“I’d say skiing is great for the given amount of snow that we’ve got,” said skier Jaaron Mankins.

About 100 inches of snow is still at the top of Alyeska, so the resort plans to stay open through April 27.

To celebrate the spring season, Alyeska has its annual Spring Carnival April 11 -13.

The premier event of the weekend is the 37th running of the Slush Cup.

“Slush Cup is pure craziness. It’s a 110, a 120-foot pool of slush with a little kicker going into it,” Napolitano said. “Fifty brave souls dressed up in costumes point it straight and try and make it across the cup. Most fail miserably.”

Regardless of the time of year, or the weather, there’s really never a bad time to hit the slopes, especially with the ones you love.

“I love just being with my kids, having fun with them,” said snowboarder Jaron Coombs. “Seeing them get better and seeing them laugh and have fun in the snow and you know, enjoying the Alaska life.”

Click here for more details on the Spring Carnival.

Alyeska Resort plans to stay open for skiing and riding through April 27. Arctic Valley Ski Area will have its final day of skiing and riding this Saturday, April 12.

If you have any ideas for the Get Out series you can email Brett Shepard at bshepard@ktva.com.

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