Alyeska ski resort is located 65kms southeast of Anchorage and is well connected by road. Most people fly to Anchorage International Airport and hire a car, while the Alyeska Prince Hotel has package holidays available including free transportation from the airport.
Anchorage International Airport is served by many major airlines, but if you are flying from the east coast, you should shop around as flights can be expensive. If you don’t have a car and are not staying at the Prince Hotel, the Magic Bus serves Alyeska. By hire car, head south from the airport down Minnesota Drive to Highway 1 (south), for Girdwood. From Girdwood, head north along the Alyeska Highway to the resort.
If you are self-driving from Vancouver and the western seaboard of the US, the drive takes in Prince George and Whitehorse via routes 99 and 97. From Prince George, highway 16, route 37 and route 1 pass Whitehorse and continue on to Anchorage and Alyeska (five to six days and over 3,500kms).
ALYESKA SKI AND SNOWBOARD RESORT, USA
Located to the southeast of Anchorage, along the scenic Turnagain Arm, in an area of pristine natural beauty and alpine challenge, you will find Alaska’s largest ski resort. Alyeska offers convenient big-mountain skiing and a brilliant, machine-built terrain park.
Alyeska is a fairly compact resort village with essential services and facilities. Childcare facilities in Alyeska are second to none with the Little Bear’s Playhouse taking care of toddlers from six months to 10 years ($35 full day, or $5 an hour), and the Alyeska Prince Hotel also offering babysitting.
The main-stay lodging at Alyeska ski resort is the Alyeska Prince Hotel, with its 307 well equipped rooms, several restaurants, shops and other guest facilities. A chairlift or tramway will whisk you to the slopes in no time. Condos and bed-and-breakfasts are also available in Alyeska, but for more choice and lively nightlife, head to Anchorage.
Alyeska is well known for its wide-open, above tree-line intermediate to advanced trails as well as its broad and gentle novice runs, and there are 68 pistes to choose from, the longest of which is 3.2kms. Nine lifts, including high-speed quads, have an hourly uplift capacity of 10,355 people, and the terrain park with half-pipe will suit snowboarders.
For a break from the slopes, Anchorage has many attractions, including: the Alaska Botanical Garden; the Oscar Anderson House, a restored home built in 1915; the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum; Earthquake Park, featuring depictions of the March 1964 earthquake; and Eklutna Village Historical Park, with exhibits about the traditions and culture of the Native Americans and Russians.
The ski season at Alyeska runs from November to April and the best way to get here is to fly to Anchorage International Airport and hire a car as public transport to the resort, unless you are staying at the Prince Hotel, is limited.
SKI AND SNOWBOARDING INFORMATION FOR ALYESKA, USA
Not far from Alaska’s capital city and nestled within breathtaking scenery, Alyeska lays claim to the lowest base elevation of a ski resort in the world, but also boasts a huge amount of snow for such an elevation. The 68 runs are geared to all levels of expertise and the terrain park is a winner with snowboarders, with its several tabletops, rails and quarter-pipes.
Facilities for children and childcare are comprehensive, with day and hourly rates for children from six months to 10 years. The Alyeska Prince Hotel is a large hotel/resort with great package rates and facilities, including transport to and from town and the slopes. There are also condos and bed-and-breakfasts available.
The 68 pistes at Alyeska are divided into 11 per cent for beginners, 52 per cent for intermediates and advanced sliders, and 37 per cent for experts. There are nine lifts with a capacity for over 10,000 people per hour providing access to the slopes; the longest run is 3.2kms. Additionally, 50kms of groomed and ungroomed cross-country trails are available and a further 115kms lie nearby.
In addition, Alyeska ski resort boasts more than 600 vertical metres of night skiing along 27 trails as well as snowcat skiing, heli-skiing, tandem paragliding and dog sledding. For après ski in the resort, Alyeska Prince Hotel has many bars and restaurants, while Anchorage is awash with entertainment opportunities.
The mid-December to mid-March ski season has its best conditions from mid-February, after the severe cold. The most practical travel option for getting to Alyeska ski resort is to fly to Anchorage and hire a car, or if you are staying at the Prince Hotel, a free return shuttle is provided.