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Alaska’s premier ski destination resort, Alyeska Resort is truly a playground for all levels of skiers and riders. Offering 1,610 skiable acres, 76 named trails and over 669″ of snow annually, Alyeska lives up to its reputation as steep and deep. Whether you are just starting out in the sport or looking to challenge yourself, you can find it here.
Alyeska Resort hosts 7 total lifts which take you to a vertical rise of 2,500ft: 2 high speed detachable quads, 2 fixed quads, 2 magic carpets and a 60-passenger Aerial Tram. Always be skiing with heli, cat and resort options.
Where to stay:
300 room Hotel Alyeska. Ski in/out with tram access. Four Restaurants, spa, fitness center and comfortable room amenities.
Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC). Then drive or shuttle 40 minutes. Rental car is recommended for the ski touring crowd.
12/31/18 – NYE Torch light parade and fireworks
4/12 – 4/14/18 – Spring Carnival and Slush Cup”
Best weekend to visit:
March, any weekend. Plenty of sunshine, snow and cold temps!
Land at Ted Stevens International Airport in the morning and head directly to Girdwood. Alyeska’s lifts start spinning until 10:30 am so there’s plenty of time for breakfast. Turn in your Alaska Airlines boarding pass for a free lift ticket, which includes night skiing!
The lifts and tram run until 9 pm so theirs plenty of time to make laps on your first day in AK. Once you’ve completed your inaugural Alaskan ski day, hit up Sakura Asian Bistro for the best sushi in the state. Relax from your day of skiing and traveling with a soak in the hot tub or chill in the salt water pool before a good night’s rest, you’ll need it for Saturday.
It’s been snowing all night and the stoke is HIGH! You team up with some friendly locals you met at sushi the night before. They show you POW stashes in Lolo’s and South Face that blow your mind! After lapping terrain on Glacier Bowl Express you spot Patrol getting ready to pop North Face.
You promptly head to Ragdoll Gate for some of Alyeska’s infamous steep and deep, in disbelief this terrain is in-bounds! The sky clears and you’re glad you’re wearing your beacon, Alyeska’s hike-to terrain is about to open. After a hike up Center Ridge, you drop into High Silver and have a hard time focusing on skiing because you find yourself starring out at the ocean.
The alarm goes off at 7 am because you have a heli-briefing with Chugach Powder Guides. The weather looks amazing and the backcountry conditions are prime! Once the briefing is done, your group jumps in an A-Star and heads out for what may be the best day of skiing of your life!
The Chugach Mountains are amazing and you hit some big runs including A1, West 20 Mile and terrain accessed from “The Coffee Shop”. You return to Alyeska grinning larger than you ever have. Your guide and group takes a tram ride up to Seven Glaciers, Alyeska’s mountain-top four diamond restaurant, for a celebratory dinner, complete with the signature cocktail, The Fizz.