What makes a ski resort great does vary from person to person. Whether you like a variety of activities and an active nightlife, or prefer the solitude of a lesser known destination does make a difference. If skiing is the number one thing on your mind this winter, head to Alyeska Alaska.
Rugged and wild with plenty of snow and even the amenities you want from a ski resort destination, Alyeska Alaska may not be as well known as other destinations, but it is one you won’t want to miss. From its high speed lifts to its legendary mountain range and even heli-skiing, those who love adventure need not look any further than this amazing destination for travel.
About the destination
Not your average resort town, Girdwood Alaska is best known for the Alyeska Hotel and Resort. Accessible by the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage or by car, this is an easy escape for the day or the weekend or more. A small close knit resort community, Girdwood was first called Glacier City thanks to the surrounding glaciers. First founded as a supply camp for gold miners, today the town has become synonymous with the best skiing in the region.
About the accommodations
4 diamond accommodations at the Alyeska Prince Hotel and 304 finely appointed rooms make the accommodations a star in addition to the amazing ski conditions. From its charming chateau-style design featuring all the finest amenities from the heated towel racks to the Serta mattresses to the shops and the calming and popular Spa at Alyeska, once you arrive, you won’t want to leave, unless of course, it is to hit the slopes.
About the skiing
The skiing, and there is a lot, is amazing. A 2000 foot vertical drop, aerial tram and 27 trails are just the tip of the iceberg (so to speak). Experiences for all levels of experience ranging from beginner to advanced not to mention an expert North Face featuring North America’s longest continuous double black run are a few aspects of the skiing which stand out. 1,610 skiable acres, over 650” of snow annually, 113 acres of snowmaking, 3,200 total vertical rise, 9 lifts, a 60 passenger aerial tram, and a lift capacity of 12,196 skiers per hour from mid-November to the end of April make Alyeska one of the least known and best North American ski destinations you won’t want to miss.