Winter activities
in Girdwood Alaska

Girdwood is Alaska's winter wonderland with endless powder to accommodate your choice of winter sport. Mount Alyeska receives an average of 742 inches per year on its summit, offering some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. With 1,400 acres of terrain, Alyeska has slopes for everyone from beginners to extreme pros.

Get lift tickets at Hotel Alyeska, which is just down the road from Timberline Drive B&B. The hotel has rental equipment for those lacking essential winter gear.

Sleep in before your big day of skiing because the lifts don't open until 10:30 am. Alaska's extreme northern latitude makes for short winter days, but Girdwood's proximity to salt water makes those winter days relatively mild. And don't forget to look into the sky on those clear nights for a phenomenal display of the aurora borealis, Alaska's northern lights.

Ski

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Alyeska Resort Snow Report

Girdwood and the surrounding backcountry offers some of the best skiing terrain on the planet. Alyeska Ski Resort was voted #1 for snow in North America by Skiing Magazine.

 

Snowboard

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Alyeska Resort
Snow Report

Mount Alyeska is friendly to snowboarders, providing two terrain parks for those tricksters out there. And bring your big board to ride the deep powder.

X-Country Ski

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Ski Rental

Cross country skiers have over 30 miles of untracked trails to explore. There are groomed trails for cross country and skate skiers throughout Moose Meadows. Or break your own trail on one of Girdwood's many hiking trails.

Snowshoeing

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Guided Snowshoe Tours
Snowshoe Rental

Get out and explore the trails on snow shoes. Guided snow shoe expeditions are run every day in the winter for those who want to explore the winter wonderland on foot.

Dog Sledding

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Dog Sledding

With the abundance of glaciers around Girdwood, dog sledding is available year-round. Mush along the edge of a snow-covered glacier with the help of an experienced guide.

Backcountry

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Heli & Cat Skiing

Guided helicopter and snow cat riding are available as well. Let Chugach Powder Guides take you to the powdery slopes of your dreams.

Snowmobiling

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Glacier City Snowmobile Tours

Turnagain Pass is a popular spot for snowmachiners, or contact Glacier City Snowmobile Tours, and let them show you around the backcountry.

Flight seeing

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Alpine Air

Explore the beauty of the Chugach and Prince William Sound in an airplane or helicopter. Land on a glacier or fly over completely isolated wilderness areas.

Wildlife Center

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Alaska Wildlife Center

See magnificent wild animals up close at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a nonprofit organization that takes in orphaned or injured animals. Get close to grizzly and black bear, moose, bison, and bald eagles.

Ice/Rock Climbing

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Ice Climbing
Rock Climbing

Instructional climbing excursions designed for interested fit people with little or no climbing experience are available to the adventurous just down the highway from beautiful Girdwood, Alaska.

Mt. Alyeska Tram

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Alyeska Tramway

A 60-passenger aerial tram is operated by Alyeska Resort in the summer. The tram rises over 2000 ft from the valley floor, offering spectacular views of the Chugach Mountains, Turnagain Arm and the Girdwood Valley from the summit of Mt. Alyeska.

Eat & Drink

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Chair 5 Restaurant
Double Musky Inn
Alyeska Resort
Jack Sprat
Silvertip Grill

 

There are plenty of great places to eat in Girdwood . From fine dining to takeout, there is something for all tastes and budgets.

Free Booking Service

To save you time and hassle we can book you on any of the above tours, cruises and charters, or organize your lift pass so you're ready to go when you get here.

There is no cost to you and you can pay for most things when you check out.
(credit card number is required for security).

Most activities are very popular with limited spaces available, and it pays to book in advance.