Friday, April 22, 2011

School Trip - Part 2 (Alyeska Ski Resort)

After a few days in Anchorage, we headed to Girdwood, AK, which is approximately 40 miles from Anchorage. We skiied for two days at Mount Alyeska and stayed at the Alyeska Ski Resort. Most of the students enjoy cross-country skiing; in fact, you often see Diomeders cross-country skiing between Little and Big Diomede when the strait is frozen. Downhill skiing, of course, is quite a bit different, but I was impressed by the fact that every student at least tried it out. Some didn't care for skiing in the end, but a few really enjoyed it and had a lot of fun.

We took the tram up to the top of the mountain and ate at the Seven Glaciers Restaurant.

To get to the top of the mountain, we took a tram. None of the students had ever been on a tram before, and if you watch the video, you can see their excitement (and trepidation -- i.e. the part where they all scream).

On the tram!

Happy girls.

Praise God for the beautiful weather we had while skiing. The sun was shining, and the temperature went up as high as 50 degrees. Perfect.

Inside Seven Glaciers Restaurant.

 You can't tell by this picture, but the view was incredible -- mountain peaks surrounding us.

The food was extremely fancy at the Seven Glaciers Restaurant. In the words of one of my students, "This place is too fancy...and I love it."

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