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TRAVEL INFORMATION

WHERE IS ALYESKA RESORT?
Alyeska Resort is located 40 miles from Anchorage, Alaska in the town of Girdwood. The region is referred to as Southcentral Alaska. Alyeska Resort is home to over 300 luxurious guest room property offering slope-side access and full-service guest amenities.
In the winter, Alyeska Resort offers in-bound skiing and snow boarding, as well as signature services at The Spa at Alyeska. In the immediate area, you can also participate in helicopter and snow-cat accessed skiing and riding, dog sledding, snowmobiling, flightseeing, ice climbing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. During the summer season, Alyeska Resort features easy access to nature trails for hiking, biking and berry picking. You can also take wildlife and glacier cruises, guided fishing, sea kayaking, glacier hiking, and rafting trips, as well as helicopter flightseeing, bear viewing, dog sledding and much more!
Reservations for your stay at Alyeska Resort are highly advised to ensure availability for your desired trip dates. For activities, if you have your heart set on a specific tour or trip, we recommend advance reservations in order to guarantee availability. Reservations for Seven Glaciers Restaurant are also recommended.

SKIING

WHAT'S THE SKIING/RIDING LIKE AT ALYESKA?
Alyeska Resort is known for steep lines and abundant snowfall. Located at sea level, Alyeska’s snowfall has a heavier water content, allowing it to stick better to these steep faces of the Chugach Mountains. In the recent past, the resort’s ownership has invested heavily in family-friendly skiing and riding amenities including two Magic Carpets, two new high-speed quad chairlifts, and physical terrain changes to open up key traffic areas.
On average, Alyeska Resort receives 650″ at the summit annually.
Alyeska is open from mid-December to mid-April (conditions permitting).
Alyeska Resort is Alaska’s premier destination resort. All winter, the resort sees a lot of local traffic from Anchorage. Vacationing skiers and riders tend to visit Alyeska starting mid-February and President’s Week. By late February, Alyeska starts receiving more hours of daylight than the continental US. The Iditarod Race kicks off Spring the first week of March. Spring skiing is very popular with locals, heli & snowcat skiing guests and other avid skiers and riders.
Chugach Powder Guides offers helicopter assisted skiing right from Alyeska Resort. They operate guided heli-ski trips from mid-February to late April.

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

WHAT'S AN AERIAL TRAM?
Alyeska Resort is home to a 60-passenger aerial tram that takes guests up 2,300 ft in elevation. This scenic ride takes up to seven minutes and stops at the Upper Tram Terminal on Mt. Alyeska. Click here to learn more about the tram.
Alyeska Resort is a playground for all ages year-round. In addition to skiing and riding, Alyeska Resort offers family-friendly nature trails designed for hiking, biking and berry picking (in season). Alyeska also hosts a variety of events in the summer and winter seasons.
In the summer, you may not see the northern lights due to the long hours of daylight. In the winter months, on a cold clear night, you have about a 20% chance of seeing the northern lights.
Fishing in Alaska can be a life-long endeavor. Alyeska Resort is situated along the Seward Highway and the gateway to the Kenai Peninsula, home to world-class salmon and halibut fishing. Fishing season typically runs from May to September, with July the peak fishing season for visitors. Winter fishing is also available and is typically a local, avid fisherman’s sport. In season, there are multiple runs of King, Sockeye and Silver salmon. Other fish local to the area include varieties of trout (Dolly Varden, Rainbow, Steelhead), halibut and hooligan. As many local fisherman will tell you, on the Kenai River and elsewhere in the region, timing is indeed everything, and prudent anglers do their homework. For guests, we highly recommend guided fishing—from day trips to week-long fly-in tours, let a local expert take you out for the most rewarding fishing experience. The Concierge Desk can help you identify the best outfitter for your desired fishing adventures.
Chugach Powder Guides offers helicopter assisted skiing right from Alyeska Resort. They operate guided heli-ski trips from mid-February to late April. CPG also offers guided snowcat skiing, a very affordable way to ski and ride intermediate to expert terrain in the Chugach range.

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While on the slopes, you will see people using alpine skis, telemark skis, snowboards, and other snow play equipment such as snow skates, snow bikes and adaptive ski gear. You will see skiers of all levels – from beginners enjoying their first day on the slopes to expert skiers with years of experience. It is always your responsibility, regardless of the equipment used or the level of skier that you are, to be courteous to others and to be aware that skiing safely makes the ski slopes safer for all of us.

Alyeska is a large mountain with difficult and dangerous terrain and skiing and riding are dangerous sports.  We do our best to inform guests of the possible hazards associated with snow sports. We do our best to mark hazards and dangerous terrain appropriately. We also actively open and close certain areas of the mountain often due to Snow Safety considerations, ski conditions, or darkness

Our beginner ski zones and high skier traffic areas are important to us and we refer to these areas as “Slow” zones. We label them as such on our trail maps and with signs and banners as you ski through each of these areas. We encourage guests to ‘Go with the Flow’ in these areas, ski only as fast as the skier next to you. Our least favorite part of the job is to be the police on the mountain. We do our best to keep an eye on people skiing around to ensure everyone is skiing safely and within their limits.

Alyeska has set Enforcement Guidelines based on the Skier Responsibility Code and Mountain Safety Concerns for behavior on the mountain. When an individual crosses these lines, we have to step in and be the police, and we have no tolerance for unsafe behavior at Alyeska. We have a relationship with the Department of Natural Resources and due to this relationship we issue DNR citations to individuals in violations of certain rules. In addition to loss of lift privileges and fines we also require all ‘violators’ to take the Mountain Education Test, a tool used to help educate.