Located in Chugach State Park in a glacier carved valley in the heart of Girdwood, Alaska, Alyeska Resort has built its reputation on steep terrain and deep snowpack. The Aerial Tram showcases the panoramic views of the Chugach State Park Mountains, hanging glaciers, sparkling streams, spruce and wildlife.
This is a four-season resort. During summer, visitors can take hikes on Winner Creek Trail or go biking. Nearby destinations, including Spencer Glacier, Portage Glacier, Whittier, Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park and Denali National Park and Preserve.
The nearest airport is Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). From there, it’s about an hour to the ski resort. Once you’re landed, there are many different options, including BAC limousines, Checker Cab for large groups and rental cars. Guests of The Hotel Alyeska can take advantage of a special rate with the Four Seasons Transportation Group.
Alyeska is truly designed for skiers and boards of all levels. The area receives on average 669 inches of snow at the summit annually and offers 1,610 acres of accessible terrain. It has 76 named trails serviced by 7 lifts, including two magic carpets. From its headwall to base, it boasts a 3,200 feet vertical rise with 2,500 feet of lift-serviced vertical rise. The base is 250 feet, and the summit is 3,939 feet. During December and January, average daylight hours are around six hours.
Trail difficulty ratings are 11% beginner, 52% intermediate, and 37% advanced to expert. Freestylers will enjoy the two terrain parks with its rail jib, box, larger tables and more. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers can take advantage of the 130 kilometers of Nordic trails. The season runs mid-December to mi-April.
Experts skiers should head to the North Face. It features North America’s longest continuous double black run. For intermediates and advanced skiers, there are many long top-to-bottom runs and wide-open bowls. Beginners can have fun in the tree-lined groomed runs. For those wanting to test their skills, you can ride into the backcountry via a helipad with local guides.
Other winter activities include glacier dog sledding, glacier and wildlife cruises, jet ski tours, snowmobiling and viewing the Northern Lights. Summer activities include wildlife viewing, ATV tours, fishing, disc golf, aerial tram rides, river rafting/float trips, sea kayaking, ziplining and more.