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Alyeska Snow Classic offers Alaskans snowfall-guessing contest

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The Alyeska Snow Classic is now underway in Girdwood. Each year participants buy a ticket for $5 and guess how much snow is on Mount Alyeska. Guesses are made down to the hundredth of an inch.

Tickets are sold throughout the month of March at various locations in Girdwood, or they can be mailed in. You can find out where to buy one by visiting the official website. The winning measurement is taken at the end of ski season in April. The measuring stick is installed 1,096 feet up the 3,939-foot mountain.

Half of every ticket for the Alyeska Snow Classic goes to benefit its operator, the Four Valleys Community School in Girdwood, with the other half being split between the winning guessers. Last year's winning guess was 2 feet, 0.76 inches with the school and a single winner each receiving $1,616.

The contest is similar to the Nenana Ice Classic, where people try to guess the minute breakup will occur on the Tanana River in Nenana. This is only the sixth year of the Alyeska Snow Classic. 

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