Should I visit the only Ski Resort in Alaska?
Yes. This is the shortest way to answer a question you may not even have known to ask. But there is a longer version…
Alyeska Ski Resort is the only Ski Resort in Alaska. Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska is still one of the rare gems in the United states for ski resorts. They offer old school 80’s vibes in the Sitzmark Lodge (something I’m extremely fond of due to my crippling nostalgia for 80’s ski movies...e.i. Hot Tub Time Machine). And in contrast to this they offer unique modern dining options (including a Sushi Restaurant featuring Alaskan caught King Salmon), multiple spa choices (mountain spa as well as nordic style spa currently being built).
With my affinity for 80’s ski movies you may have certain ideas of how the resort would look. It’s still a modern and clean resort with very nice sized rooms (with options for adjoining doors for larger groups and families). Alyeska in terms of looks and function is something between the Banff Springs Inn and a typical Vail resort you might find in the lower 48, but with a small home town ski hill vibe. It really is the perfect resort for those wanting a family friendly atmosphere, and ski runs for everyone’s ability.
“But, what if I don’t ski?”
There are a lot of other active options for those not looking to go up the mountain! The town of Girdwood in which Alyeska is located has a host of cross country ski trails that are well maintained. (But, I said I don’t ski…) The resort also has an ice skating rink that’s right at the end of the ski runs!
“Maybe, I wasn’t clear enough. I’m more of an enjoy a hot chocolate and go for a walk kind of person.”
Alyeska also has dining facilities and a historical building at the top of the tram line. You would be fully remiss if you did not go to the top and enjoy views of the Chugach Mountains, Kenai Mountains, and the Turnagain Arm (a portion of the pacific ocean’s cook inlet). You can enjoy the cafe and cafeteria at the top or if it’s later in the day they also have a full service bar to take the nerves away.
For those looking for more day activities other than on the mountain, Girdwood has plenty to offer! Including Dogsledding, Helicopter Sightseeing tours, and local dining options. Recently Girdwood also opened its own local brewery Girdwood Brewing Company who’s beers are so good they can’t produce enough to sell outside of Girdwood! (more on them, can be found in this article Ryan Visits Girdwood Brewing )
I’ve been lucky enough to live and Ski (technically Snowboard) in Tahoe, as well as the German, Swiss, and Austrian Alps. I feel just at home in Girdwood, Alaska snowboarding at the Alyeska ski resort as I would anywhere in Europe or the Major resorts in the lower 48 of the United States. And with the most amount of Snowfall this year (2021) of any US Ski resort I believe it will be a huge hit with you, your friends, and your family. Stay tuned for a Summer Edition on Girdwood in the coming months!
Visit Alyeska Resort at www.AlyeskaResort.com
Or in person at: 1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, AK 99587
Give them a call too! 1 (800) 880-3880