Telepalooza 2008 in Alaska

February 25, 2008 by  
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The Alyeska Resort, which lies just to the south of the city of Anchorage in Alaska, is known for its comfortable and luxury accommodation and its breathtaking wilderness ski area, complete with spectacular glaciers, magnificent wildlife and natural wonders. Not only is it home to perfect skiing conditions but also to a popular annual event – Telepalooza. This year, the Telepalooza 2008, will be held between the 28th of March 2008 and the 30th of March 2008.

The Telepalooza 2008 will be hosted together with the World Telemark Freeskiing Championship. This means that the memorial festival will not only be filled with the usual fun and excitement of the snow sports on offer, but will include the thrill of a high speed and skilled skiing competition. This year, the Telepalooza will be the fifth memorial event, held in admiration and loving memory of Jeffrey Nissman.

Jeffrey Nissman was known throughout Alaska as an adventurer. His stories of paragliding, skiing, climbing and fighting off a black bear are legendary, and so was his dedication to the rugged and beautiful terrain of Alaska. As an accomplished skiing enthusiast, wild lands firefighter and mountaineer, this University of Vermont graduate not only used his time to take on his own personal challenges, but worked as a volunteer at the Forest Service, and assisted the Chugach National Forest by designing and running their avalanche website. Tragically, Jeffrey Nissman was killed by an avalanche in 2004, at the age of 29. A 650 pound piece of ice slid off the metal roof of the work centre at the Forest Service and took the life of this remarkable man as he was leaving the building.

So, in honor of this mourned local, the slopes at the Alyeska Resort will come alive with skiers, snowboarders and Freeskiing Championship contenders. On the 28th of March, athletes are given time to register, book into the lodge and attend an events rule meeting, before dancing the night away with live music at the opening day party. Saturday is a day filled with clinics, training sessions, pirate themed skiing (where skiers are required to dress up like pirates), raffles, demonstrations, best dressed prize giving and dancing. On Sunday, skiers can look forward to more clinics, barbeques, racing, parties, demonstrations and the start of the World Finals.

With more than $30 000 in prizes that has been donated to the Telepalooza 2008 by many generous sponsors, visitors should prepare themselves for nail-biting competition events, stomach aching laughter during the costume and fun racing, and an all round atmosphere of joy, celebration and festival spirit. Skiers feeling the rush of fresh mountain air against their skin and hearts filled with the joy that the mountains and the natural landscape brings, is exactly how Jeffrey Nissman would have wanted it.