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Girdwood,Alaska
GETTING HERE

Girdwood, Alaska

GETTING TO ALYESKA Resort

Alyeska Resort is located just 40 miles south of Anchorage, Alaska in the town of Girdwood. Convenient access is available at the modern Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

From the airport, take the scenic Seward Highway heading south. The Seward Highway was voted America’s Most Outstanding Scenic Byway by Scenic America, a national conservation organization, in 1995 and by the US Department of Transportation in 2000. 

The Seward Highway follows along the Turnagain Arm with many interpretative rest stops and view points. Depending on the season, it is not unusual to spot beluga whales or Dall sheep from your car window. Take the highway and look for signs to Girdwood, the home of Alyeska Resort. You will take a left-hand turn onto Alyeska Highway and continue down the road for three miles. When you come to a “T” intersection – turn left and go one mile for Alyeska Resort. To get to Alyeska Resort’s Daylodge and base area, turn right at the “T”. 

Alyeska Resort offers valet parking for hotel guests at $27 for overnight parking and $15 for Dinner or Nordic Spa parking.

Great Travel Resources

DISCOVER GIRDWOOD

Girdwood is very easy to navigate. Local maps and other useful travel information are available at the Concierge Desk at the Alyeska Resort.

GETTING TO
ALYESKA By Air

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is a metropolitan hub serviced by multiple carriers year-round. The airport has close to 200 flights arriving daily with direct and connecting flights from most major US cities plus many international locations.

GROUND
Transportation

Once you have landed, whether by plane or boat, getting to Alyeska Resort is easy. Choose from car and RV rentals to chauffeured transportation. Glacier Valley Transit provides free public transportation in and around the Resort and the town of Girdwood.

Our Concierge Desk can arrange for your preferred ground transportation to/from anywhere in the state. 

TRANSPORT OPTIONS FROM AIRPORT

There are several transportation options from the Anchorage airport to the Alyeska resort in Girdwood:

1 OPTION

The resort can make arrangements for taxi and/or car service. Contact the concierge to make arrangements 24 hours in advance at guestservices@alyeskaresort.com.

3 OPTION

Take a train to Girdwood, then the local Girdwood transit. It is a 15-20 minute taxi/uber ride in Anchorage from the airport to the train depot in Anchorage. In the summer the train runs twice a day from Anchorage to Girdwood and twice a day from Girdwood back to Anchorage. 

2 OPTION

Car rental.

4 OPTION

The Girdwood bus schedule can be found here: 

From Anchorage Airport:

  1. Exit the airport via International Airport Road
  2. Turn right (south) on to Minnesota
  3. Follow Minnesota (south and then east, following the curve in the road) until you reach the New Seward Highway
  4. Turn right (south) on to the New Seward Highway and proceed south along the Turnagain Arm for approximately 31 miles Follow signs to Girdwood
  5. Turn left at Girdwood onto the Alyeska Highway at mile 90 along the Seward Highway (Tesoro Gas Station on the left)
  6. Follow this road approximately three miles until you reach the large Alyeska Resort welcome sign
  7. Turn left onto Arlberg Road and follow for one mile to Alyeska Resort

All rental car companies listed are located in the new Rental Car Center across from the South Terminal. Free Airport shuttle buses travel between the South Terminal, North Terminal, and the Rental Car Center every 15 minutes daily (24-hours a day).

Bac Executive Transport

Upgrade your transportation to a limousine, stretch hummer or an executive sedan. Advanced reservations are available 24 hours a day seven days a week. All airport transfers include either a 4×6 or 5×8 luggage trailer for excess luggage, one bottle of water for each passenger and a local newspaper available upon request. Sedan service starting at $450.

The Magic Bus

For larger groups, the Magic Bus offers mid-size and full size motor coaches.  Prices will vary with group size and pick up times.

To make a reservation for groups larger than four and for special considerations such as large volumes of ski/snowboard gear, please contact us.

Park Connection

The Park Connection provides daily summer service connecting Seward, Girdwood, Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Denali Park. Transportation provided by deluxe motorcoaches with reclining seats, in-seat power outlets, and an onboard restroom. The Park Connection offers:

  • The only same-day scheduled transportation option between Seward/Whittier/Girdwood and Denali Park.
  • Low rates and efficient travel times.
  • Onboard narration by driver guides to keep things interesting.

Pick-up is at the Tesoro Gas Station.

Departs

Girdwood 7:30 am

Arrive

Seward 10:00 am

Departs

Seward 6:30 pm

Arrive

Girdwood 9:00 pm

Seward Bus LIne

This coach bus offers express service to Seward. 

Pick-up is at the Tesoro Gas Station.

Departs

Girdwood 3:30 pm

Arrive

Seward 5:30 pm

Departs

Seward 6:30 pm

Arrive

Girdwood 9:00 pm

HOMER STAGE LINE

This coach bus offers express service to Seward and Homer and Seward.

Pick-up is at the Tesoro Gas Station.

Departs

Girdwood 10:00 am

Arrive

Seward 12:00 noon

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Homer 4:30 pm

Alaska Railroad

The Alaska Railroad offers the most scenic way to see the Alaska coastline and other major attractions. For your convenience, Girdwood has its own train station and resort guests can arrange for pick-up and drop-offs depending on your itinerary.

Popular Railroad Destinations:

  • Spencer Glacier (1/2 day)
  • Portage Glacier & Whittier
  • Seward & Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Denali National Park & Preserve

The Alaska Railroad offers transportation-only fares as well as signature activity packages including a float trip, glacier viewing and dinner trains.

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.