Alyeska Tram Will Be Sidelined Until February

The Tram at Alyeska Resort won’t be running again for at least another month. One of the tram cars was damaged in an accident on New Year’s Eve when a wind gust blew it into the tram tower. One guest suffered a minor injury in the incident.

The repair is taking a long time because some of the necessary replacement parts for the tram need to be manufactured. Alyeska Director of Marketing Jessica Pezak says the resort has flown specialists in from as far away as Switzerland to make the repairs.

“We’re expecting it to be up and running by mid February but it all depends on how the repair process goes and when the parts arrive.”

Pezak says the investigation into the incident is complete. The resort blames the accident on a “rogue” wind gust and says no other factors were involved. She says no disciplinary action was taken.

Seven Glaciers Restaurant, at the top of the Tram, will remain closed. Pezak says most of those workers found jobs at other spots on the mountain, but couldn’t say if some had to be laid off.

She says the resort will open Chair One on the weekends to make up for the lost tram capacity. And she says as far as skiing goes, the mountain is in great shape.

“We’re doing really well…we had a tough start in December, but it’s definitely shaping up. We had sort of a Christmas miracle, we got a ton of snow and I think we are where we should be right now.”

Pezak says the resort is preparing for the busy Martin Luther King Holiday weekend coming up later this month.

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Annie Feidt is the Managing Editor for Alaska's Energy Desk, a collaboration between Alaska Public Media in Anchorage, KTOO Public Media in Juneau and KUCB in Unalaska. Her reporting has taken her searching for polar bears on the Chukchi Sea ice, out to remote checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail, and up on the Eklutna Glacier with scientists studying its retreat. Her stories have been heard nationally on NPR and Marketplace. Annie’s career in radio journalism began in 1998 at Minnesota Public Radio, where she produced the regional edition of All Things Considered. She moved to Anchorage in 2004 with her husband, intending to stay in the 49th state just a few years. She has no plans to leave anytime soon. afeidt (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8443 | About Annie