by Christine Kim
Saturday, January 2, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The U.S. Cross-Country Ski Championships bring hundreds of athletes from across the nation to Anchorage -- not to mention thousands of dollars that boost the local economy.
This is the second year that the championships have been held in Anchorage. One manager at a local business says January is typically the slowest month of the year, but he's expecting a bump in sales with guests in town.
It's not too hard for a restaurant's staff to notice a change in flow.
"It's almost drastic," said Glacier Brewhouse server Chelsea Miller. "During the wintertime, it's pretty slow, it's kind of steady. But when there's events in town, there's all these people coming in all the time, there's not really a break in between."
For the next few days, Miller expects both the restaurant's seats and her hands to be full as hundreds of athletes and coaches gather in town for the championships.