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Alyeska

Alyeska Ski Resort Guide

Alyeska, United States

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift840m2,756ft
Lowest Lift80m262ft
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Alyeska

The largest of the existing resorts in Alaska, which has potentially more skiable terrain than the rest of the US put together and records phenomenal annual snowfall. Luxurious accommodation is provided at four diamond (star) Alyeska Prince Hotel a member of the chain which dominates Japanese ski resorts. Night skiing Friday & Saturday from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm. mid-December through mid-March.

Summary

The American ski resort of Alyeska is at an altitude of 80m262ft.

Alyeska has direct access to a total of 9 ski lifts.

The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Alyeska?

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Ski Area Stats

Alyeska Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Cross Country
Total Length
55km34 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
9

Altitudes

Alyeska Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift840m2,756ft
Lowest Piste80m262ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Alyeska
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Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
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Apres-Ski

Alyeska Overview

Tucked amid the Chugach Mountains on Alaska's south central coast, Alyeska is located just 40 miles (68km) south of Anchorage, Alaska in the quaint town of Girdwood. The resort boasts the only four diamond rated hotel in the state of Alaska, the Alyeska Prince, part of the hotel chain which dominates Japanese ski resorts.

Alyeska is by far the largest of the ski areas in Alaska, which has potentially more skiable terrain than the rest of the US put together. It is famous for its spectacular scenery, spectacular snowfall (average annual 631 inches), non existent lift queues, diverse terrain and long season. In Spring daylight hours approach 24 hours, in winter the northern lights often put in an appearance.

The word Alyeska (Alley-Eska) is derived from an Aleut word meaning great land of white to the east. The state name Alaska is also a derivative of this native word. The local town of Girdwood, originally named Glacier City, was founded as a gold mining town at the turn of the century with several gold claims being staked on Crow Creek and the Virgin and California Creek. The original townsite of Girdwood was flooded by the Turnagain Arm during an earthquake in the 1960s when the land sank eight feet. The town was relocated to its present location two miles up the valley.

In 1954, eleven local men formed the Alyeska Ski Corporation along with the beginnings of the hard-earned dream of a first-class ski resort. In 1959, the first chair lift and a day lodge was built. The Corporation managed to secure a used chair lift from France that was dismantled, shipped to Alaska and rebuilt at Alyeska, to create a day use ski area.

In 1967 the resort was sold to Alaska Airlines and the present General Manager, Chris von Imhof, then the Director of Tourism for the State of Alaska, was hired to run the resort. The Nugget Inn, the original hotel, was built and a second chair lift was constructed on the upper mountain.

In 1980, Seibu Corporation purchased Alyeska and invested heavily in its development. Seibu built a new high-speed quad chair, a fixed quad and a 60 passenger aerial tramway. The Alyeska Prince Hotel opened in August 1994.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Alyeska is 4km2 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'North Face'.

Skiing

Alyeska has wide ranging terrain including wide open bowls and long top-to-bottom runs that ideal for intermediates, while tree-lined runs will suit beginners.

The fast cruisers amongst more than sixty runs include Trapline, Main Street, Ego Flats and Klondike. Bump runs options are Prospector, South Face and Don's.

The steepest on-piste trails are double black diamonds like Lolo's Leap and Gear Jammer.

There are 2,000 (650m) vertical feet of lit night time terrain - one of the biggest nightlit verticals in the world.

Chugach Powder Guides offer snowcat or helicopter adventure in the world-famous Chugach Mountain Range. Their exclusive-use permit area covers miles of mountain terrain with gentle bowls, giant mountain faces, massive glaciers and sheltered tree skiing. The guides are highly trained and have extensive Alaskan experience. A full days heli-skiing guarantees 16,000 vertical feet of skiing/riding with a maximum of 20,000.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

The Perseverance Terrain Park is the place for freestylers of all abilities to session and dial in their latest tricks. The Park is loaded with rails, fun boxes and kickers, including a rainbow rail.

Freestyle terrain can be found from top to bottom on the mountain. Take Chair 6 or the Tram to hit the kickers on Mainstreet, then head down to Prince Run on Chair 7 where the rail fun begins.

Snowboard summer camp is held in June on the upper mountain Glacier Bowl.

Location and Map

Where is Alyeska?

This ski resort is in Anchorage, Alaska, United States.

Map

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How to get there

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The nine ski lifts are able to uplift 11,400 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 20 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Alyeska open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November (Thanksgiving), and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Alyeska, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Alyeska Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

The main après venue is the Sitzmark, with live music on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the ski season. It's also a good warm up spot during a night of night skiing or to enjoy the deck on a sunny afternoon.

The Aurora Bar and Lounge, located on the third floor at the top of the Grand Staircase, offers everything from a casual atmosphere with sports to a relaxing venue with the soft sounds of a grand piano.

Alyeska