The anticipation of a spring powder day during your vacation sometimes necessitates a wake-up call from the hotel. No need at Alyeska Resort—the Northern Lights can provide that wake-up call.
Head north to Alaska’s largest ski area in March for long hours of daylight skiing, spectacular coast to mountain scenery and the best chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis flicker across the night sky.
As the spring equinox nears, solar storms spark more of the natural colorful light displays. However, the auroras have the same fickleness as weather, and they won’t be visible when storms blow in to drop snow.
While January may see only five hours of daylight, the ski slopes in March soak up more than 13 hours of sun. Ski into the evening and then linger over to dining in Seven Glaciers Restaurant atop the aerial tram to watch the sun slowly set. Stay at the chateau-style Hotel Alyeska where a phone call will alert you to any midnight Northern Lights show.
Northern Lights: Also known as Aurora Borealis
What is it: The glow from solar particles blowing at 35,000 miles per hour into the earth’s magnetic field more than 60 miles up in the sky
Colors: Bright yellow-green (most common), red, blue and pink
Best conditions for viewing: Sub-zero temperatures and clear moonless nights
Best nights for viewing: Two weeks around new moon in March, but viewing is possible early January to late April
Best hour for viewing: Midnight
Northern Lights forecast: Click here. http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast
Seven Glaciers Restaurant: Nightly dining
Access: Via aerial tram
View: See glaciers, mountains, the sea, sunset and stars from large windows
Best local entree: Sautéed Alaska king crab, $32-75 for entrees
Best local appetizers: Alaska king crab cakes or scallop bisque, $9-17
Best dessert: Baked Alaska, of course
Chef’s tasting menu: Six seasonal courses that change nightly, $85 per person
Special events: Winter Wine Dinners, offered once a month January-April, $165 per person
Wine: A 34-page menu of international vintners may require advice from the sommelier
Reservations: 907-754-2237 or click here.
Hotel Alyeska: 304-room luxury hotel renovated in 2007
Amenities: Indoor saltwater pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness center, high-speed internet, WIFI, spa, Native Alaskan artwork, three restaurants, shops
Lodging: Hotel rooms and suites
Ski and Stay Package: Room for one night, adult lift ticket for one day, and $25 resort credit, starts at $199 midweek or $229 weekend double occupancy in March
Northern Lights wake up call: Call the front desk
Lazy mornings: Sleep in after watching the Northern Lights. Lifts start running at 10:30 in the morning until April when they bump to starting at 11 a.m.
Reservations: 907-754-2111, or click here http://www.alyeskaresort.com/hotel/book-your-reservation.aspx
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