Just 45 minutes from Anchorage, Girdwood is a quintessential Alaskan ski town. Town boasts 650+ inches of snow annually and summer’s highlight – the Forest Faire – plus seasonal crowds and a few nice places to eat and hear live music. The Alyeska Hotel is known for it’s mountain-side location, skiing, hiking and mountain biking trails, indoor pool and full-service spa. Girdwood is best explored by car and foot. Wild Alpine stages backcountry ski adventures, mountaineering and avalanche education courses in the Chugach Range from here.
Head south from Anchorage along the New Seward Highway (AK-1) following Turnagain Arm. Blink too long and you’ll miss the settlements of Indian and
Bird. At mile 90, turn left on Alyeska Highway. Pass through the Old Townsite on your way to the New Townsite where you’ll find Crow Creek Mercantile and a few restaurants. Continue to the end Alyeska Highway, turning left when you reach the junction at Arlberg Avenue and you’ll reach Hotel Alyeska. There are multiple trailheads and scenic view-points along the way.