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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 ships dock at the pier. The city center is within walking distance.

Get around Alyeska, AK

Yo can visit in summer time (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 skiing because not enough snow but you can visit Alyeska Museum and feel a warm sunlight. You can take a walk in the Alyeska Resort Area: theres a lake, green grass, flowers, trails, camping areas etc. At that time of year it's a nice weather 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 as 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 a snow a year, and in number of ways in the back country areas surrounding Girdwood, the most popular of those being By helicopter or snowcat.
  • Fishing - Both locally and far a field 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 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


  • Chair Five Restaurant, Phone: 907.783.2500. Chair Five was conceived on a rainy night in 1982 and opened January 23, 1983 on Crow Creek Road. Following a fire which burned the building to the ground on May 17th, 1987, the operation moved to the present site (formerly Rosy's Ice Cream Parlor) in October of '87 and have been there since. All of our food is prepared to order from scratch using the freshest ingredients available. This takes a little time, so sit back, relax, and enjoy your visit to Chair 5.
  • Double Musky Inn, Phone: 907.783.2822. The "Musky" as its known is the only four star restaurant in Alaska, and is the best restaurant in town and features a monster pepper steak claimed to be one of the best in the US. Located in Girdwood, Alaska. Our menu contains classic New Orleans dishes done with Alaska Seafood such as crab meat dressing stuffed halibut served with Creole burre blanc sauce.
  • Silvertip Grill, Phone: 907.783.2594. A favorite among locals and one of the best food values in town.
  • Jack Sprat,Phone: 907.783.5225. Fat and Lean World Cuisine.
  • Maxine's, Phone: 907.783.1234. Often described by the owners as a 'freestyle American bistro', we cook from a wide variety of cuisines that reflect the kitchen's experience - Mediterranean, Californian, French, Italian, Asian, Vegetarian and Alaskan. Our chef Kristine Lewis studied at the New England Culinary School in Vermont and has worked in the restaurant industry since 1989, her mouth-watering dishes are presented in a way that shows her art school background.
  • The Bake Shop, Phone: 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. is located 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, Phone: 907.783.3182. Enjoy your ice cream treat and espresso drink while viewing our collection of historical photos of Girdwood & our authentic Totem Pole.


  • 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. 11am-10pm. Casa del Sol brings you homemade sauces, delicious food and friendly faces. Our wine selection is comprised of some of the best wines the Northwest has to offer. This is done to reduce the amount 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. We intend to support the local community by buying locally grown and made products whenever possible. We believe that we can provide you with a great meal in a laid back atmosphere and reduce our carbon foot print at the same time, which is why our carry-out containers, utensils, bags and drinking straws are 100% compostable. Dine-in, take-out, winter delivery. $5-$20.

Shopping in Alyeska, AK

There is not much really in the way of shopping, the Alyeska Resort Hotel carries a full line of resort and town logo wear in one of its shops, a few restaurants sell local art work, and of course there is the requisite very good ski shop in town called World Cup Sports that sells all of the snow sports gear you could ever need.
  • World Cup Sports. Full service ski and snowboard shop Phone: 907.783.2282
  • Alaska Candle Factory Phone: 907.783.2354
  • Kobuk Valley Jade Company Phone: 907.783.2764
  • Great Alaskan Tourist Trap Phone: 907.783.5566
  • Girdwood Books & News - Newly Opened Phone: 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.


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