Sun, Snow, Slush Cup!

We ventured up from our office in Soldotna this weekend to check out the 38th Annual Spring Carnival and Slush Cup at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, AK.

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The weekend started out with questionable weather as we left town. The sky almost immediately turned dreary and black with large pockets of rain gusting down in the distance. It continued that way through the town of Sterling near Bings Landing.

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And then all of a sudden it was like we magically made it through the clouds and were in a land of bluebird spring skies! By the time we hit the Russian River it was crisp, clear and simply-stunning outside.

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We weren’t surprised at all to see lines being wet when we hit one of our favorite little towns, Cooper Landing. Even with temperatures in the low 30’s, you can almost always count on seeing a few fishermen (and women) lined up in the river as you drive over the bridge. Seeing anglers out enjoying The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground is such beautiful sight to see!

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And by the time we reached Tern Lake at the cutoff right before turning left to head to Girdwood from Soldotna, we couldn’t resist snapping a photo of the snow-covered mountains as they stood so stoic looking absolutely enduring against the big fluffy clouds and the bright blue sky.

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By the time we hit Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, it was absolute (awesome) madness. Limited parking spots, crowds all the way up the mountain, and lots of laughter and smiling faces in the distance.

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

What is the Slush Cup you ask? It is an annual event held at Alyeska Resort where tons of costumed “contestants” (skiers and snowboarders) participate in an alpine run, hit a ramp and try to skim across a pond at the base of the hill for the chance to win a season pass for for the next season (2015-16).

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

It’s one of the most popular events of Alyeska’s Spring Carnival and draws a large crowd of spectators hoping to see some impressive tricks and spectacular wipeouts (see below).

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

The crew from the resort got the “cup” ready for slush on the night prior to the festivities. They did an excellent job if we do say so ourselves!

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

The night before the start of all the fun Slush Cup activities, the Sitzmark Bar & Grill in Girdwood holds a costume contest where 25 competitors will be selected based on quality of costume (originality, flare and style) to compete in the Slush Cup the next day (wearing the same costume).

Photo Credit: Anchorage Press

Photo Credit: Anchorage Press

This year, Colin Gordon took first place in the event. Pictured below is Hunter Keffalos as he flips into the water. Pretty incredible shot!

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

Photo Credit: Alaska Dispatch News

Desi Sherwood took second place.

Photo Credit: Alaska Dispatch News

Photo Credit: Alaska Dispatch News

And Joey Aist took third place.

Photo Credit: Alaska Dispatch News

Photo Credit: Alaska Dispatch News

Jack Stahla won the prize for best crash.

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

Other events included downhill mountain bike race…

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

Xtratuf tug-o-war…

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

Dummy Downhill race (using dummy’s)…

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

And the Idiot’s Swim! Only the brave and courageous can handle this (or any of these events really)… Brrr! 😉

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

Photo Credit: Alyeska Resort

All in all it was an absolutely fun and adventurous weekend filled with perfect winter/spring weather. And then as we left and began to head back down to the central peninsula, white-out happened. Maybe it was a sign to stay longer? Who really needs to be at working Monday morning anyways? 😉

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Kudos to Alyeska Resort and all of their great sponsors for putting together another super-successful and wildly-fun Spring Carnival. We can’t wait until next year!

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