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Alyeska Resort Ski Resort

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Overview

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.

Where Is Alyeska Ski Resort Located?

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.

Transportation

The Hotel Alyeska will call and notify its guests in the middle of the night when the Northern Lights are out. Well, they don't call everybody, just the ones who sign up. Ski in and ski out lodging on site. The hotel with 307 rooms with tram and chairlift access. Free shuttle service from day lodge to The Hotel Alyeska and tram terminal. Nearby B&Bs and condos located in Girdwood.

Restaurants

Breakfast

  • For a fresh pastry or a hot breakfast to go, The Tramway Café is the place to go before strapping on the skis or board. 1000 Arlberg Avenue, Girdwood, AK 99587

Lunch

  • For a quick, light lunch, head to the Bore Tide Deli & Bar. It specializes in small bites and sandwiches. 1000 Arlberg Avenue, Girdwood, AK 99587

Dinner

  • Sakura Asian Bistro specializes in sushi and specialty rolls made from local seafood. 1000 Arlberg Avenue, Girdwood, AK 99587

Apres/Nightlife

  • With over a dozen local beers and live music every weekend, your après ski time should take place at Sitzmark Bar & Grill. 1000 Arlberg Avenue, Girdwood, AK 99587

Terrain

Terrain

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.

Inside Scoop

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.

Plan Your Trip

Alyeska Resort Lodging

Best Time for Snow

Total Snowfall

114"
71"
48"
24"
13"
95"
Nov
32"
Dec
50"
Jan

Terrain Overview

76
Runs in Total
1 mi
Longest Run
1610 ac
Skiable Terrain
550 ac
Night Skiing
113 ac
Snow Making

Total Lifts: 7

1
Gondolas & Trams
2
High Speed Quads
2
Quad Chairs
2
Surface Lifts

Elevation

3939'
Summit
2500'
Vertical Drop
250'
Base

Important Dates

December 10, 20212021/12/10
Projected Opening
April 24, 20222022/04/24
Projected Closing
128
Projected Days Open
150
Days Open Last Year
63
Years Open
669"
Average Snowfall
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