Though the mountain is popular enough in the summer thanks to the viewing platforms and the restaurants on top, the real fun begins when ski season stats at the end of November.
With over 669 inches of snow falls annually and 76 named trails, the mountain is Alaska’s largest ski center .Most of the ski trails and routes here are quite tough, for intermediate and advanced skiers. There is a very small area for novice skiers. The center is famous for having the longest-continuous double black diamond ski run in North America.
The resort itself is at the foot of the mountain, but you can climb up via hike or tram in the summer, and also six chairlifts and two Magic Carpets in the winter.
- Chair 1 and the tram: three-quarters of the way up the mountain, where there is a museum, cafeteria and upscale restaurant. This is also the location of the Ski Patrol rescue and safety operation.
- Chair 6 goes almost all the way up. You have to hike to the absolute top.
The Roundhouse Museum used to be the old upper terminus of the chairlift. Today it serves as a visitor center, explores the history of the valley through various exhibits and organises events.
Hiking trails in the area starting from near the resort:
- Winner Creek Trail: Begins at the base of the aerial tram. Passes a river gorge.
- Upper Winner Creek Trail: A rough trail branching off from Winner Creek trail that leads to outstanding views.
- North Face Trail: Steep 2.2 mile trail that climbs over 2000 feet of the ski area.
- Upper Tram Terminal Trails and South Bowl Trails: Quite challenging.
In the summer the Alyeska Bike Park, a lift-access downhill cycling track, opens up. Meant for anyone over 8 years old, it has a number of fun trails.
The resort is listed on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Anchorage, Alaska. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Anchorage itinerary 3 days.
Alyeska Ski Area Travel Tips
- Check the website for race and other events.
- Eat at: Seven Glaciers, the Bore Tide Deli & Bar, Tramway Café, Sakura Restaurant, Aurora Bar & Grill, Pond Steakhouse, and Pond Steakhouse.
- Check the Alyeska Tram Listing for details about tram times and prices.
Entrance Ticket Details For Alyeska Ski Area
- Check resort website for extensive lift ticket prices.
Alyeska Ski Area Hours
Skiing season is last week of November - mid-April
Bike Park: June - August, approx: 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm, Friday to Sunday only.
Lift Times Winter:
- All Day 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
- Half Day 1 pm – 5:30 pm
- Half Day + Night 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Late Day 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
- Night 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Night skiing: January Second week - March penultimate week: Thursday – Saturday
Lift Times April:
- All Day: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Half Day: 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
- Late Day: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
- Summer (April - October approx): 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
- Winter (November - March approx): 11:00 am until 3:00 pm, weekends and holidays only.
How to Reach Alyeska Ski Area
- Drive to here.
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19.52% of people who visit Anchorage include Alyeska Ski Area in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
32.2% of people start their Alyeska Ski Area visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 6 Hrs to see Alyeska Ski Area
93.15% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Alyeska Ski Area
Alyeska Ski Area Reviews & Ratings
Our stay was almost perfect....The location of this resort is amazing set up right against the mountains way back in a remote little area. The hotel itself is beautiful and the amenities they have are great. We ordered room service and ate at the restaurant and our food was great. The room was small but cozy and comfortable. I would have given 5 stars but the room temperature was a major issue. It was 72* in our room and not much we could do about it. Called to say we were hot and there’s no a/c and. she suggested turning on the room fan and opening the window. Well... the windows are all locked so that you can only open about 2 inches. We set the fan up by the two inch window opening which did not do much. They obviously know this is an issue because there’s small fans in each room. FIX this problem! Besides isn’t it a fire hazard when windows don’t open so you can get out!?!?! I would hate to come in the summer! Would come back but definitely only in the winter!
Great resort, although expensive, it has many amenities. 2 nice restaurant/bars and a cafe/Starbucks. As well as a sundries shop. Tramway to the top of the mountain with a nice cafe that had good food with a spectacular view. Rooms are very nice and comfy. I would recommend every one who visits Girdwood make a stop here to check it out.
I went here on a ski vacation with friends and stayed in the Lodge. The facility was stunning. The views are the very best I've ever seen from the top. Amazing place in an amazing location. Be sure to check the snow conditions before booking.
I'm sure that in its day this place used to be what would be considered a five-star hotel. However it is quite dated. They do have some nice areas.it's just not what I would consider a five-star. The service is good.
Not a skier? That should not stop you from visiting this amazing resort. The tram to the near top was quick and safe. There are many trails one can take from there to cover the mountain. Spectacular views!!! The lodge is a four to five star hotel. Staff was friendly and very accommodating. Highly recommend.