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Welcoming Talented New Chef Wes Choy!

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Chef Wes Choy now leads the Alyeska Resort Kitchens.

Guests flock here year-after-year to ski our 76 named trails, enjoy scenic tram rides, and to sample fresh seafood and hearty “modern mountain” cuisine. With ski pubs, upscale mountain top dining, and a state-renowned sushi bar “Sakura” to choose from, we offer plenty of dining options catering to hungry outdoor enthusiasts.

This is why we are delighted to welcome talented new chef Wes Choy to our team.

General Manager, Mandy Hawes says, “We are thrilled to have such an innovative chef join us here at Alyeska Resort, and we know he can bring some of his ideas and creative flair to our popular menus”.

Chef Choy grew up in New York, completing a B.S in Accounting at Alfred University after leaving school. However, after several years he decided to embark on a different trajectory, enrolling for a culinary arts degree at Vancouver Community College in 2011.

Whilst there, he was recipient of the Chef Marcasi Scholarship and awarded “Student of the Year” for top of the class. He spent his time assisting with Junior Team Canada functions and B.C. Chef Association gatherings, thus concluding this was definitely the career path for him.

Wes explains “I’ve always loved food and realized at an early age that cooking helps to harness my imagination. It’s a method of empowerment for me, not only to create something, but also to share it with others”.

Once he began to follow his destiny, Chef Choy’s journey took him from Vancouver where he worked as a cook, to the bright lights of Las Vegas where he was chef/co-owner of Pasta Fresh. The restaurant finished in the Top 5 of Best New Restaurant and Best Italian in Las Vegas in 2013. He completed seasonal stints as Sous Chef/Chef de Cuisine in the Little Nell Hotel in Aspen before venturing to Alaska in 2014 where he has lived ever since.

There’s one thing many chefs love about Alaskan cuisine, and that is the opportunity to work with the freshest, locally-sourced produce around, and Wes is no different, stating: “I love the possibilities of cooking in Alaska. First and foremost, we get to work with freshly caught Alaskan seafood on a daily basis, and secondly, we have an abundance of naturally foraged ingredients such as kelp, fiddleheads, morels and birch syrup – with these amazing ingredients, the creativity can be endless!”.

Chef Choy goes on to say, “So, many things excite me about this new role, but I am most excited about working with the amazing and talented staff here at the resort”.

Given his passion for Alaskan cooking, fresh produce, and for the natural beauty of the wilderness frontier, it seems like we may have found our perfect match.

Please note that while our restaurants are closed until Jan 1st 2021, Chef Choy has created a wonderful selection of items to enjoy on the go or in the comfort of your room.

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While on the slopes, you will see people using alpine skis, telemark skis, snowboards, and other snow play equipment such as snow skates, snow bikes and adaptive ski gear. You will see skiers of all levels – from beginners enjoying their first day on the slopes to expert skiers with years of experience. It is always your responsibility, regardless of the equipment used or the level of skier that you are, to be courteous to others and to be aware that skiing safely makes the ski slopes safer for all of us.

Alyeska is a large mountain with difficult and dangerous terrain and skiing and riding are dangerous sports.  We do our best to inform guests of the possible hazards associated with snow sports. We do our best to mark hazards and dangerous terrain appropriately. We also actively open and close certain areas of the mountain often due to Snow Safety considerations, ski conditions, or darkness

Our beginner ski zones and high skier traffic areas are important to us and we refer to these areas as “Slow” zones. We label them as such on our trail maps and with signs and banners as you ski through each of these areas. We encourage guests to ‘Go with the Flow’ in these areas, ski only as fast as the skier next to you. Our least favorite part of the job is to be the police on the mountain. We do our best to keep an eye on people skiing around to ensure everyone is skiing safely and within their limits.

Alyeska has set Enforcement Guidelines based on the Skier Responsibility Code and Mountain Safety Concerns for behavior on the mountain. When an individual crosses these lines, we have to step in and be the police, and we have no tolerance for unsafe behavior at Alyeska. We have a relationship with the Department of Natural Resources and due to this relationship we issue DNR citations to individuals in violations of certain rules. In addition to loss of lift privileges and fines we also require all ‘violators’ to take the Mountain Education Test, a tool used to help educate.