According to a statement issued by the resort's director of marketing, Eric Fullerton, Alyeska Resort has entered into a contract to sell substantially all of it's resort assets to Pomeroy Lodging. The parties expect the transaction to close before year end.
Pomeroy Lodging is a full service hospitality company with expertise in hotel development, construction and management. Based in Grande Prairie Alberta; Pomeroy Lodging owns and operates 18 hotels in Western Canada including the 408 room Marriott Autograph Collection - Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge - located in the Canadian Rockies. Pomeroy Lodging has received many prestigious awards over the years including Intercontinental Hotel Group’s Developer of the Year and Wyndham Hotel’s Top Quality Award; but is most proud of being recognized as one of Canada’s Top 50 Employers. Staying true to its Core Values of Honesty, Family, Quality, Industry and Winning has guided Pomeroy Lodging along the path to this very exciting opportunity in Alaska. There will be no further comments at this time.
The Alyeska Ski Corporation was founded in 1954, and the first chairlift and day lodge were opened in 1959. The Roundhouse ski lodge and ski patrol station at the top of the mountain began construction in 1960. Still standing, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, and now houses a museum to local ski history.
Currently, Alyeska has six chairlifts, one high-speed tram, and two Magic Carpets. Of the 5 chairlifts, one is co-owned by Alyeska and the Tanaka Foundation (Chair 5). Chairs 6 and 4 are high-speed detachable quads, while Chairs 7 and 3 are normal quads. Chair 4 was updated to a high speed quad in 2012. Chair 1 was removed from service in the summer of 2017. Chair 4 ends halfway up the mountain. The tram ends three-quarters of the way up the mountain.
The interconnected buildings contain the Roundhouse (patrol quarters), and a much newer facility housing the upper tram terminal, a quick-service cafeteria, and the Seven Glaciers 4-star restaurant and bar. At the base of the tram is the modern 300-room Hotel Alyeska. Chair 6 goes to the highest lift served point on the mountain at 2,750 feet (840 m).
Several areas above Chair 6 are occasionally opened, but require hiking to access. Plans to build a new chair lift higher up the mountain have been announced. Mount Alyeska is a fairly challenging mountain, and has a much higher percentage of advanced and expert runs, as compared to most other mountains in North America. It has a small section for the novice, but the rest of the mountain is almost entirely for the intermediate and the advanced skiers.