Skiing at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood Alaska
Another great thing about visiting Alaska in the winter time is the lure of Alyeska Ski Resort just a few hours south of Anchorage. This ski area has nine lifts with a capacity to more 12, 196 riders per hour. The summit is 3990 feet with the base at just 250 feet above sea level. With the capacity and terrain to accommodate all levels of skiers, this family friendly resort will keep everyone happy on and off the slopes.
In addition to down hill skiing, there is Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice skating on the pond, glacier flights and a spa. The hotel has restaurants, an indoor pool and a gym. Entertainment, including free movies during the week and live music on the weekends will surely please guest who’d like to stay on site. Many will choose to venture into nearby Girdwood for shopping, restaurants and entertainment while visiting the area.
While I’m an experienced skier, I don’t consider myself a good skier. I found the expert slopes exciting to watch from the lifts and the beginner slopes easiest enough even for a first time skier. The bulk of my time was spent on the moderate trails, with enough variety that I managed to ski for most of the day without repeating any runs. This allowed me to view the magnificent scenery, the main reason I was on the slopes in the first place. The photo opportunities were just endless with mountains in almost every direction and the water below. Several non-skier guests of the resort even opted to ride the tram just to see the views. Alyeska is a beautiful location to experience the scenery that Alaska is famous for, while pampering yourself with true Alaskan hospitality.