Lots of Fresh Snow for VIP Day at Alyeska

5 inches fell on the Alyeska Mountain on Wednesday, 100 inches since October 1

POSTED: 02:05 PM AKST Dec 24, 2013    UPDATED: 07:38 PM AKST Nov 27, 2013 
Alyeska Resort Lift

Season pass holders hit the slopes at Alyeska Mountain the day before Thanksgiving, just ahead of the resort's official season opening, and the conditions could not have been better.

"We did not expect all of this snow, to be honest," said Jessica Pezak, marketing director at Alyeska Resort. "It was a nice surprise last night."

Light fluffy snowflakes started falling Tuesday night, just in time for the annual event that gives season pass holders a headstart.

The ideal conditions drew a crowd of nearly 600, compared to 288 last year. 

Pezak said the mountain has received almost 100 inches of snow since October 1.

"That's certainly a better start than last year and the new snow we got overnight has really helped put a blanket down over the whole mountain," said Pezak.

Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., two ski lifts provided access to 13 trails. 

Snowboarder Sterling Burnett said it was a a great start to the season. 

"The snow is definitely heavier out here [compared to Colorado] and things are really fun ," said Burnett. "A lot of good people out here too."

12-year-old Ki Meyers completed extra assignments ahead of time to get to the mountain Wednesday. 

"A lot of [my friends] we're pretty jealous when I told them we were going skiing instead of going to school, but it was fine with my parents," Meyer said. 

Thanksgiving marks the official start of the season, lifts running at 11 a.m.