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gorgeous scenery got the magazine’s attention, but the resort’s attributes garnered plenty of praise too, including the 60-person tram that climbs the mountain’s steep north face with views to Turnagain Arm, and a low treeline that makes for ample expert terrain and wide-open alpine skiing on the upper half of the mountain. The Hotel Alyeska also got props for great dining, and offering guests the option of requesting a wake-up call in the event that the Northern Lights come out. “I’m super-proud of this award,” Byrne said. “It really is reflective of the great partnership we have with the community, muni and state.”

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Alyeska has invested $60 million in Alaska, a corporate officer told the Alaska Legislature last year. Byrne didn’t want to talk details about spending during his tenure, but said he’s already invested more than he paid for the resort in 2006—and one of the biggest renovations is yet to come. Alyeska is replacing Chair 4, the main lift out of the Daylodge. Instead of a nearly 20-minute ride up the mountain with frequent stops, skiers will experience a seven- to eight-minute ride without starts and stops, Byrne said. Right now, skiers tend to ride Chair 4 to Chair 6 and ski the top of the mountain all day. Resort managers hope an improved ride on Chair 4 will reduce crowding by encouraging skiers to spread out across more terrain. The hardware for the new lift, made by Austria’s Doppelmayr but fabricated in the United States, costs $4 million. Byrne expects installation to cost more than $1 million and plans to spend nearly $1 million on summer excavation work for trails fed by Chair 4. His decision to invest in a new lift was conditional upon the decision by Chugach Electric Association to build

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April - 2012 - Alaska Business Monthly  

Alaska Business Monthly’s 2012 Corporate 100 annual special section begins on page 86. Top citizens of industry are highlighted in this annu...

April - 2012 - Alaska Business Monthly  

Alaska Business Monthly’s 2012 Corporate 100 annual special section begins on page 86. Top citizens of industry are highlighted in this annu...