After a delayed start and plenty of hope from skiers and snowboarders, Alyeska Resort is set to open its slopes for skiing this weekend.

The announcement was made Thursday morning, after snow fall Tuesday night and all day Wednesday provided enough snow to open the lifts.

Friday will be opening day for season pass holders and Saturday will be open to everyone else.

For season pass holders on Friday, the the mountain will be open for skiing and riding from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For Saturday, skiing and riding will begin with advanced and expert terrain only. All skiers will access the mountain via aerial tram from the hotel. Glacier Bowl Express will operate from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with tram download required. Daily tram operations will begin at 11 a.m. with service from the hotel to the top of the mountain and Glacier Bowl Express.

The Bore Tide Deli and Bar will operate from 11 a.m. until last call at 5:30 p.m. Seven Glaciers restaurant will open at 5 p.m. for normal après ski and dinner service.  

In the last 24 hours, the resort reached 8 inches of snow on the entire mountain. The snow is 60 inches deep on the top of the mountain and Alyeska has received 99 inches this season.

Crews have also continued making snow on the mountain when weather permits.

Alyeska was originally slated to open Dec. 7, but the date was pushed back due to lack of snow.

The release also stated the sale of Alyeska to Pomeroy Lodging announced earlier this year is now final. they will be switching over in the new year. Alyeska Resort Management Company will continue to operate the hotel and resort until the end of the 2019 season.

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