Monday, July 21, 2008
Views From the Office
Here are few of my favorite views from Alyeska. This patrol shack is located at top of chair 6 which used be chair 2, and is known as "the top of 2." In the winter it is common to have a strong inversion where the Girdwood valley and Turnagain arm are filled with a thick cloud layer and the temperature can often be 10 - 30 degree cooler than at the top of 2.
December 21st is the shortest day of the year Northern Hemisphere's . In Girdwood there is about five hours of daylight and sunrise is as late as 10am, which is why Alyeska doesn't open until 10:30 each morning. For the first half of the season I get to see the sunrise and on this day the moon set. This is also a view of Turnagain Arm and the Seward Hwy in the foreground, taken from the top of 2 just before sunrise.
This picture was taken from the top of the Tram looking up the Chair 6 lift line at the top of 2.