While Anchorage doesn’t have much snow, the staff of Alyeska Resort in Girdwood say the ski area will have plenty in time for its traditional Thanksgiving Day opening.


Skiers, however, won’t have many options when it comes to where they will be allowed to ride. Alyeska Resort plans to only have two runs operating on opening day.


“We are expecting to have a run down from the top of Ted’s Express to the base of Ted’s Express and also be able to ski a run on the Bear Cub Quad,” ski area general manager Brian Burnett said.


It’s always a struggle to get the mountain ready for in time for Thanksgiving, according to Burnett, and last year they almost didn’t make it.


“All of our teams of snowmakers, groomer and patrol all work very hard to make sure we can open on Thanksgiving,” Burnett said.


The last few seasons, the resort had significant snowfall up top but warm temperatures on the valley floor. Snow lingering at the base on Monday was melting quickly.


Once temperatures drop, staff say they will turn the snow guns back on and hope for the best.


“When we see windows of cold temps, we are going to be blowing snow and when we can’t make snow, we’ll being doing dances to bring snow from Mother Nature here,” Burnett said.


The two runs that will be open on Thanksgiving are aimed at beginner and intermediate skiers.


The resort is already sold out for the holiday and staff expect a busy weekend to follow.


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