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August 1, 2012

In this August Travel News Bulletin you will find:

1. Within the Wild Adventure Company sells Redoubt Bay Lodge
2. New chairlift and terrain improvements at Alyeska Resort
3. New zipline canopy tours add to adventure opportunities in Alaska
4. State Fair hosts celebration of Alaska agriculture

1. Within the Wild Adventure Company sells Redoubt Bay Lodge
Redoubt Bay Lodge, located at the entrance to Lake Clark Pass in Southcentral Alaska, now has new owners, the Brewer family, who also own Nikiski-based Alaska West Air. The Brewers purchased Redoubt Bay Lodge, a prime spot for bear viewing and fishing during the summer season, from Within the Wild Adventure Company, which managed the lodge since 1994. Redoubt Bay Lodge offers half- and full-day expeditions as well as overnight accommodation in three lakeside cabins. Within the Wild Adventure Company will maintain ownership of its Winterlake Lodge along the western edge of the Alaska Range as well as Tutka Bay Lodge and the Cooking School at Tutka Bay, both near Homer, and Rustic Wild, a home goods boutique, on the Homer Spit. Owned by the Dixon family, Within the Wild also has plans to open a café, La Baleine, also on the Homer Spit, late this summer. Under the direction of award-winning Chef Kirsten Dixon and her daughter, Chef Mandy Dixon, a freestanding café is a natural next step for the Dixons and Within the Wild. For more information, visit www.withinthewild.com or www.alaskawestair.com.
Media Contact:
Contact: Kirsten Dixon, Within the Wild Adventure Company
Phone: 907-274-2710
Email: Kirsten@withinthewild.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Within-The-Wild-Adventure-Lodges
URL: www.withinthewild.com
Contact: Kelly Brewer, Redoubt Bay Lodge
Phone: 907-766-5147
Email: redoubtbaylodge@alaska.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Alaska.West.Air1
URL: www.alaskawestair.com

2. New chairlift and terrain improvements at Alyeska Resort
Alyeska Resort is already home to Alaska’s only high-speed detachable quad chairlift, and the resort is now in the process of adding a second. The new Chair 4 is expected to be ready for its inaugural run on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, opening day of the 2012-2013 season. Cost of construction and installation of the new Chair 4 is approximately $5 million, but the resort believes it is worth the investment, with the new chairlift greatly increasing the uphill skier capacity and shortening the lift ride time by 40 percent. In addition, Alyeska plans to spend an estimated $1 million this offseason on grading work to improve the terrain of trails fed by Chair 4. Terrain improvements are intended not only to support the installation of the new high-speed chairlift but also to improve access, decrease skier speeds and create a safer corridor for users. For more information, visit www.alyeskaresort.com.

Media Contact:
Contact: Amy Quesenberry, Alyeska Resort
Phone: 907-754-2592
Email: amy@alyeskaresort.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AlyeskaResort
Twitter:  @ResortAlyeska
URL: www.alyeskaresort.com 

3. New zipline canopy tours add to adventure opportunities in Alaska
Thrill seekers now have even more opportunities to enjoy Alaska’s beauty from above with new canopy tours stringing up across the Last Frontier this summer. In May 2012, Mica Guide’s Glacier View Adventures (micaguides.com/zipline.html) opened in the Mat-Su valley, sporting a zipline that soars 200 feet high and stretches over a quarter of a mile with views of surrounding mountains and the Matanuska Glacier. Denali Zipline Tours (www.denaliziplinetours.com), located in Talkeetna, opened in June offering visitors eight zipline courses across the northern boreal forest with a birds-eye view of Mount McKinley and the Alaska Range. In addition to these newcomers, there are a number of other zipline tour providers around the state. Along Alaska’s Inside Passage, Alaska Zipline Adventures (www.alaskazip.com) in Juneau offers a canopy tour through the pristine Alaska rainforest, and Alaska Canopy Adventures (www.alaskacanopy.com) has three different zipline tours available in Juneau or Ketchikan. Those coming to Alaska on a cruise ship can also sign up to enjoy a zipline adventure by booking a shore excursion with Skagway Adventure Park and Zip Lines (www.skagwayzip.com) or they can visit Icy Strait Point (www.icystraitpoint.com) to experience the world’s longest, largest and highest ZipRider zipline (also available to independent travelers).
Media Contact:
Contact: Tara Stevens, Thompson & Co. Public Relations
Phone: 907-561-4488
Email: alaskatravelmedia@thompsonpr.com
Twitter: @AlaskaTravlNews
Facebook: www.facebook.com/alaskatravelnews
URL: www.TravelAlaska.com/media

4. State Fair hosts celebration of Alaska agriculture
Since 1936, Alaskans have enjoyed being educated and entertained at the Alaska State Fair. This year’s fair begins Thursday, Aug. 23, and continues through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, at the fairgrounds in Palmer, 42 miles from Anchorage. Along with musical acts ranging from rock and roll to country, food vendors offering a wide variety of fare as well as rides and games that can be enjoyed by attendees of all ages, the State Fair will take a day to honor Alaska’s agricultural community with Alaska Grown Day on Thursday, Aug. 30. Alaska Grown Day will feature a variety of agriculture-related games, activities, exhibits and more. To encourage attendees to join the fair in celebrating local farmers, anyone wearing an Alaska Grown t-shirt or sweatshirt will be granted a $2 discount on admission. For information on the Alaska State Fair, visit www.alaskastatefair.org. For even more agricultural fun, visitors are invited to the Alaska Agriculture Appreciate Day on August 9 from 12-6 p.m. in Palmer to see live animals, demonstrations, music performances and participate in kid-friendly activities and prize giveaways. To learn more about the Alaska Grown program and Alaska agriculture, visit dnr.alaska.gov/ag/.

Media Contact:
Contact: Amy Pettit, Alaska Division of Agriculture
Phone: 907-761-3864
Email: amy.pettit@alaska.gov
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dnr.alaskagrown
URLs: dnr.alaska.gov/ag/


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