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Alyeska, AK

Alyeska Resort is a ski resort in Girdwood, Alaska, approximately 27 miles (44 km) from the city of Anchorage. Mount Alyeska is part of the Chugach mountain range and the Alyeska Resort is the largest ski area in the state.

Alyeska, AK

Alyeska Resort is a ski resort in Girdwood, Alaska, approximately 27 miles (44 km) from the city of Anchorage. Mount Alyeska is part of the Chugach mountain range and the Alyeska Resort is the largest ski area in the state.

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Alyeska, AK: Port Information

Cruise travelers can visit the resort on a cruise tour. It is located 27 miles from Anchorage (a 45-minute drive).

Get around Alyeska, AK

You can visit in summertime (June): Virgin Creek, Crow Creek Mine, Alyeska Mount by using the Aerial Tram to reach the top and enjoy quite a beautiful view. At this time of year, you can't enjoy skiing because there's not enough snow but you can visit Alyeska Museum and feel warm sunlight. You can take a walk in the Alyeska Resort Area: there's a lake, green grass, flowers, trails, camping areas, etc. At that time of year, the weather is nice so the roads, trails, and highways are clean and good to go "from here to there and everywhere", either walking or driving.

What to see in Alyeska, AK

  • The Portage Glacier. This is listed as many as one of the most visited tourist sites in all of Alaska and is unique among glaciers as much of its face is currently underwater.
  • Turnagain Arm This section of ocean water near Girdwood is home to the second-largest tides in North America and one of the few bore tides in the world, an occurrence where due to the length of the arm and the height of the tides the come in like a wave.
  • Alyeska Mountain Specifically the view from the top of the tram and the soon to be open Round House Museum that will commemorate the history of skiing in the area.

What to do in Alyeska, AK

  • Skiing - Both at the Alyeska Resort with its challenging 1,000+ acres of skiable terrain and 600+ inches of snow a year, and in a number of ways in the backcountry areas surrounding Girdwood, the most popular of those being By helicopter or snowcat.
  • Fishing - Both locally and far afield from Girdwood, guided trips are a widely available and a popular option. 
  • Snow mobiling - This activity is available all year round. Turnagain Pass is a popular Winter spot. In the Summer, snow machiners are lifted by helicopter on to Glaciers in the surrounding Chugach Mountain Range.
  • Biking - There is a paved six-mile bike trail that goes all the way from Alyeska Resort to Bird Point. Eventually, the trail will follow Turnagain Arm all the way to Anchorage. There are dozens of Mountain Biking trails in the valley for the more adventurous.
  • Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing - Skiers and Snowshoers have over 30 miles of untracked trails to explore, through frozen Musky and Rainforest. Guided Snow Shoe expeditions are run every day in the Winter.
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center - An Alaskan wildlife rehabilitation center. You can see moose, deer, black and grizzly bears, owls, bison musk ox and a variety of game birds. They have an excellent Alaskan gift shop.
  • Girdwood Forest Fair The Forest Fair features Alaskan artists, hand-crafted items, exotic foods and entertainers from all over Alaska. Fun for the whole family is kicked off by the Forest Fair Parade on Saturday, July 7 at 11:00 am.

What to eat and drink in Alyeska, AK


Girdwood is a surprisingly good place to eat with a lot of genuine, well done, and well-priced food.
  • Silvertip Grill, ☏ +1 907-783-2594. A favorite among locals and one of the best food values in town.
  • Jack Sprat, ☏ +1 907-783-5225. Fat and lean world cuisine.
  • The Bake Shop, ☏ +1 907-783-2831. Restaurant and bakery offering omelets, gigantic sweet rolls, and huge sourdough pancake stacks. For lunch, sandwiches, pizzas and bottomless bowls of homemade soup. Summer garden dining. Open 7 days a week.
  • The Sitzmark. At Alyeska Resort on the Boardwalk by Chairs 1 and 3. The Sitzmark Bar and Grill features monster burgers and sandwiches and is open daily during the winter in conjunction with mountain operations.
  • The Ice Cream Shop, ☏ +1 907-783-3182. Enjoy your ice cream treat and espresso drink while viewing a collection of historical photos of Girdwood & an authentic Totem Pole.
  • Double Musky Inn, ☏ +1 907-783-2822. Cajun restaurant located off Crow Creek road. The walls and ceiling of the restaurant are covered in various signs, artwork, and knickknacks among other things.


  • The Aurora Aurora Bar and Lounge is located on the third floor of the Alyeska Resort Hotel at the top of the Grand Staircase.
  • Chair Five Restaurant - Located in town also doubles as the towns largest and most popular bar.
  • Casa del Sol, 158 Holmgren Place (Girdwood Town Square), ☎ 907-783-0088. 11 am-10 pm. Casa del Sol brings you homemade sauces, delicious food, and friendly faces. Wine selection is comprised of some of the best wines the Northwest has to offer. This is done to reduce the number of fossil fuels needed for shipping and to showcase the fine the wines of our neighbors just to the south. You will also notice that our domestic beer selection is made up of Northwest brews as well. Intends to support the local community by buying locally grown and made products whenever possible. Dine-in, take-out, winter delivery.

Shopping in Alyeska, AK

There is not much really in the way of shopping in Girdwood, although the town does offer a few restaurants that sell local artwork as well as the following:
  • Great Alaskan Tourist Trap, ☏ +1 907-783-5566.
  • Girdwood Books & News, ☏ +1 907-783-2020. 

Safety in Alyeska, AK

Crime is not much of a concern in Girdwood and the surrounding area; however, as is the case in all of Alaska, mother nature is less amiable. Threats include bears, floods, and weather. Snowstorms blow in quickly and can cause power outages that may last days depending on the remoteness of your location, as well as block off roads with several feet of snow that may fall in a single night. Bring extra food, just in case, and always carry chains in your car as the road restrictions can come up quickly.

Do not feed the bears. Do not leave food or food wrappers in your car.

Language spoken in Alyeska, AK

English is the main language.


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