I’m still down here in Salt Lake City, where temperatures hovered near 6 above the past few mornings. Yes, colder than Alaska. Go figure.
But, I am paying close attention to all things 49th State and have a wild and wintery lineup of fun for those in the southcentral area. It’s all outside, friends,with guaranteed family fun whatever your family chooses. The weather report is calling for sunny skies and rather reasonable temperatures, so pack up the gear and the kids and move ’em out! Fun Friday is, of course, brought to you by Alaska Center for Pediatrics, caring for Alaskan kids since 1983. Thanks, ACP!
FRIDAY: This weekend marks the end of Alyeska Resort’s “Ski & Stay” special, so why not take the kids down for a slumber party? From $99/pp, your family can receive overnight accommodations and lift tickets, and be part of Winterfest 2011, kicking off tonight with fireworks at 9:30.
SATURDAY: Speaking of Alyeska and Winterfest, don’t miss the weekend of family-friendly partydom at the resort, starting with a bunch of kid-friendly activities at the Day Lodge, like face painting, rides in that cool four-trax sled, and a Kids’ Fun Race. Demo some skis at the Upper Tram Terminal from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for free, too. If you’re not an alpine skier, stroll over to Hotel Alyeska and take a complimentary snowshoe or xc ski tour. Rentals of Nordic equipment or snowshoes at the hotel are 50% off this weekend, so go ahead and get the family outdoors.
Oh, wow, Arctic Valley folks tell AKontheGO that the mountain is ready to welcome skiers and snowboarders both Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Views? Oh yeah, there’s a view. Tickets are $32/day, $19/day for Anchorage Ski Club members; kids under seven are FREE, as are seniors over 70. Special rates are available for active military, students, and seniors under 70. Check the AV website for details. Don’t forget the AfterGlow cafe, either. Cheeseburgers and a cold drink after a day of skiing sounds pretty good to me. Sorry, though, still no tubing, but I’m working on Mountain Manager Eric Pedersen to let me try it. The Arctic Valley Ski Hotline is open for business, so give a call before you head up, 428-1208.
Eagle River Nature Center is showing kids how to safely recreate in the great outdoors on Saturday at their 2 p.m. Junior Naturalist program. Only 20 kids will be signed up for the afternoon of interactive learning indoors and out. Call asap to sign up, 694-2108. Dress for outdoor work. This program is suitable for kids K-6. Free program, but $5 parking for non-members.
P.S. If you miss ERNC’s program, sign up kids age 8-13 for Science Saturdays at Campbell Creek Science Center and their Arctic and Avalanche class on Saturday, February 26. Call 786–6300 or visit the Cooperative Extension website, co-sponsors of the event, for info.
SUNDAY: Hey, turn off that TV for a minute! There’s plenty of time to get outdoors and watch The Game, both. Alyeska is offering 2 for 1 lift tickets on Super Bowl Sunday (WOW) on both Half Day and Full Day tickets. Since lifts open at 10:30 a.m., your family could ski, play, then drive home to watch all the good commercials. Yes?
Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage is all fired up for another Ski For Women event on Sunday, going on from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kincaid Park. This girls-only event is a great chance to support local organizations that help stop the cycle of abuse and have a little outdoor fun. Moms and daughters, friends, co-workers, anyone really (except guys) will take to the Mize Loop, a 4k ski track just perfect for skiing in a tutu. Did I mention costumes are all but compulsory? We’ve had dragons, butterflies, I-Pods; you name it, women have created it. It’s too late to sign up now, but anyone and everyone is welcome to come watch the party, especially the Costume Parade at 11:30 a.m. Visit the Nordic Ski Association’s website for the details and some fun photos.
Have fun this weekend! I’ll be back in time to see the Running Pug Doritos commercial.