Author: Casey Ressler

Casey Ressler is the Mat-Su CVB marketing and communications manager. A perfect day for him involves his raft and his fly rod, ending with a campfire on the river with a view of Denali.

Celebrating Skeetawk

November 30, 2020 by Casey Ressler
After years of planning, fund-raising and hard work from volunteers, Skeetawk, the Mat-Su Valley's first-ever triple chair lift downhill ski area, is set to open Saturday, December 5. Last Saturday, Skeetawk hosted a surprise soft opening for its season pass holders and members and it went well,...

Shop Small

November 25, 2020 by Casey Ressler
This Thanksgiving, ditch Black Friday and opt for Small Business Saturday, a national movement to support small businesses by holiday shoppers. In 2020, many small businesses have had devastating losses from the economic impact from the pandemic, and Small Business Saturday is a great way to support...

Back to Bingles

November 19, 2020 by Casey Ressler
What’s old is new again, just in time for the holiday season. When the Matanuska Colony was formed in the 1930s the federal government distributed Bingles to residents, and they could only be used in the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation commissary and store. After two years, the government...

Ski season begins

October 29, 2020 by Casey Ressler
The Nordic ski season is well under way at Hatcher Pass and Government Peak, where groomers have already been out, creating great early-season conditions. Last week's snow has stuck around at the higher elevations, giving skiers an early opportunity to enjoy the backcountry. According to trail...
Last weekend, snow appeared for the first time this winter, and with it comes anticipation of winter activities such as skiing, aurora viewing and ice fishing. As Alaskans, when the season changes, we don't just stay inside, we get out and embrace winter. This winter is particularly exciting, with...

Aurora season begins

October 9, 2020 by Casey Ressler
With the end of summer comes a new season - aurora watching. Northern lights viewing is a fun thing to do during Covid-19 times when social distancing is a priority. Grab your "bubble" and head out on clear, cold evenings and watch the magical displays. The northern lights are a natural phenomenon...

Let's Go There

September 23, 2020 by Casey Ressler
We all need something to look forward to again. And nothing is more exciting than planning that next perfect getaway. The one that can’t get here soon enough. Because the journey begins the moment we decide to go somewhere. Anywhere. It’s time to feel that feeling once again. Let’s get inspired. And...

Christmas in September

September 18, 2020 by Casey Ressler
It's Christmas in September this weekend at the Alaska State Fairgrounds, as the Alaska Chicks Vintage Market holiday event takes place Friday through Sunday. Some of Alaska's trendiest small businesses, including upcyclers, artists, designers, apparel companies and vintage collectors attend the...