To the Moon and Back

It’s that time of year again when telemarkers are flocking off the airplanes from as far away as Japan, Italy and New Zealand to descend upon Alyeska for the 7th Annual Jeff Nissman Memorial Telemark Festival, more affectionately known as TELEPALOOZA!  Since telemarkers are essentially a lovey, hippie, all inclusive sort of a bunch…we’ve really expanded this year to include our sisters and brothers on snowboards and alpine skis! Join us on the mountain for the big freeriding competition starting Wednesday and running through Saturday.

Try your hand at the Classic Race on Saturday! Get up early and show us your stellar uphill racing skills on sunday morning!  Most importantly, bust out the tinfoil and antennae, this year’s costume theme is 2010: A Space Odyssey, so expect to see many aliens skiing and boarding the slopes over this coming weekend. Keep your costume on and come dancing to super-fun funk band Top Secret! You may just win a prize! Hone your beacon skills at the super cool beacon park at the base of the tram. Try out next year’s finest skis from a variety of companies at the top of the tram!

A super popular component of Telepalooza every year is our raffle that gives away heli-skiing from Valdez Heli Camps, cat-skiing from Chugach Powder Guides as well as ski gear and clothing from all the major companies.  Tickets will be on sale all week long during apres hours at the Sitzmark and all the money goes to fund our local avalanche center! See you at “Flakes”, the newest film from Utah-based Powderwhore Productions that kicks off the whole festival Tuesday night at the Sitz! This year, it’s my goal to not lose my voice!

See you there, Brooke

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