Alyeska ski resort in found in Girdwood, Alaska and the name says it all. The word Alyeska (Alley-Eska) is derived from an Aleut word meaning “great land of white to the east.” And white it is. It is famous for its spectacular scenery, spectacular snowfall (average annual 631 inches), non existent lift queues, diverse terrain and long season.
Below are our 5 main reasons to visit;
The best views in Alaska – Alyeska Aerial Tram is a 3 to 7-minute scenic ride from The Hotel Alyeska to 2,300ft in elevation at the top of Mt Alyeska. While riding the tram, you can see for miles in all directions – including views of the Turnagain Arm, up to seven ‘hanging’ glaciers, and deep into the endless peaks of the Chugach Mountain range.
Dine amongst the glaciers – Seven Glaciers is Alyeska Resort’s AAA Four Diamond and Wine Spectator award-winning mountain-top luxury restaurant. Offering signature Alaskan entrées in an elegant atmosphere, the Seven Glaciers experience is extraordinary from start to finish. From this mountain-top perch, Seven Glaciers is surrounded by nature in every direction, so that every table features panoramic glacier and ocean views. There are six other dining options as well at the hotel and around the resort.
Ski with the Northern Lights – The Alyeska ski resort is the only major destination ski resort in Alaska. It has 651 hectares (1,610 acres) of skiable terrain in an incredibly picturesque setting that is guaranteed to take your breath away. The resort has been recognized as one of the world’s top 25 ski destinations by Skiing Magazine. Being in the northernmost temperate rainforest means the region’s average annual snowfall is an awesome 669 inches. Strong skiers/snowboarders can go to the North Face and enjoy the longest continuous double-black runs in North America. Then, after a hot tub and après ski, you can request a wake-up call from the hotel to view the magic of the Northern Lights on a clear night.
Heli-skiing out the front door – Accessing 750,000 acres of the Chugach National Forest terrain from the Hotel Alyeska’s Heli Pad means you get some of the best heli-skiing in the world without compromising the luxury amenities of our full-service hotel and spa. On weather days there are often options for snow cat skiing, Nordic skiing, dog sled rides, or you can just enjoy a relaxing day in the spa.
Experience the mystique of real wildlife – A top reason people travel to Alaska is to experience some of the most majestic creatures left on the planet. Sightings of bears, bald eagles, moose and many others creatures are common around Alyeska and are often spotted from the aerial tram. The famous Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, research, education and quality animal care is also right down the road. Charter ocean cruises to see whales and calving glaciers can be taken year round from Whittier – only a 30-minute drive away.
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