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May News

Christina Kirkwood - Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Summer is almost here in Alaska! The temperature was in the 60s last week, the snow is almost gone, and we now have over 16 hours of light each day.

With summer right around the corner, we are starting the migration from our winter office in Anchorage back to Kennicott. It usually takes about a month from the first time owner Rich Kirkwood goes to Kennicott to plow snow until we are ready to open our doors. There is a lot to do from starting the generators and heating up the buildings to turning the water back on and training new staff members. This will be our 28th time opening for the summer, though, and it gets a little easier every year. The rest of our summer employees will arrive in the next few weeks and we will welcome our first Guests on May 24th.

To celebrate opening for the summer, we will be offering an "Alaskan Special" from May 26 to June 15. Main Lodge forest view rooms will be $99 per night and Main Lodge glacier view rooms will be $159 per night. With the early spring we are currently having, late May and early June will be a great time to visit Kennicott. Please give us a call if you are interested in these special rates.

In other news, we have been getting some questions on the status of the Mill Building. As you may know, the 14 story Mill Building was closed to the public in August 2012 so that restoration and stabilization efforts could begin. The construction crew was hard at work last summer and they have now completed Phase 1 of the project. Phase 2 will not begin this summer, so after a final safety check is conducted, we have been told that the Mill Building will be open for tours. We do not know when the building will reopen but we will keep you updated as we learn more. The Park Service Visitor Center and all of the other publically accessible buildings will be open daily from 9:30am to 6:00pm beginning on May 23rd.

As always, we are looking forward to another great summer in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. We have a great staff signed up to work with us and we will again be hosting Guests from around the world. See you in Kennicott!

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