Alyeska’s Sitzmark Bar and Grill offers skiers and riders the best of both worlds – daytime refueling between ski runs, and a festive nighttime hangout with live music, open mic, trivia and movie nights. (The summer season has similar offerings – just think “après hike” or “après bike” instead of “après ski.”)
The Sitz serves up hearty fare from late morning until the kitchen closes at night. Build your own burger, enjoy a fresh salad, or go “south of the border” with the ever-popular blackened halibut tacos. Quick snacks – like savory chili, chips and salsa or sweet potato fries – will get you over a late afternoon hump.
Sit near the big windows looking out on the beginner ski hill, or hang out in the back room decked out with couches, foosball and a pool table.
There is no set childrens’ menu, but families will find enough variety to satisfy most palates. Keep in mind that the Sitzmark transforms in the evening to a 21-and- over venue, so the younger set must channel Cinderella and scurry away by the time the clock strikes 10 p.m.
Tip: If you’re on your own or with a friend, try for a seat at the bar – you’ll likely be in and out faster.
Check Out That Ceiling!
The Sitz recently redecorated, going all out with new furniture – and a new ceiling. And what a conversation piece it is. Alyeska Resort commissioned local artist Dawn Gerety to liven up the place – which she accomplished with dramatic flourishes on 8 ceiling panels, the installation of dozens of disco balls, and the use of blacklight paints and glittering silver beads.
This means of course that you need to check out the ceiling in daylight and during the evening to see how it morphs. It also means that you risk a neck ache from enjoying scenes of the Northern Lights, a wolf howling at the moon, and a skier deep in powder.