Sunshine on the Slopes: Alyeska Delivers

Spring skiing in Alaska

Spring skiing in Alaska

Don’t pack away those skis yet! While Lower 48 ski resorts prepare for end-of-season activities, Alyeska Resort is still going strong, anticipating an end of April closing date.

The best, steepest, and most scenic ski area in Alaska, Alyeska provides miles and miles of unparalleled views coupled with slopes that rival those of Colorado, Utah, and beyond. Snugged up to Mount Alyeska, a 3,3939 foot slab of rock in Girdwood, some 45 minutes from Anchorage, Alyeska Resort has been on the fast track to fame after hosting not one, but two Alpine National Championships (the second is underway as we speak). The resort, hotel, and ski runs themselves have been worked over and renovated to the tune of a few million dollars to give visitors the pristine environment they desire from a destination ski vacation.

Out-of town guests might be surprised at the diversity of terrain found at Alyeska. A hefty portion of renovation dollars was spent on improving the Green and Blue runs to attract more families to the slopes, and that has proven positive for this year’s receipts. That and some incredible snow, of course.

Alyeska is a year-round destination. Tour buses swarm as the summer months approach, and folks come from miles around to hike, bike, and raft the nearby trails and river. The resort’s Web site provides a solid description of year-round events and ideas for package deals. The little ski town of Girdwood, too, provides the entire crew with stuff to do, food to eat, and music hear.

The spring break crowds are winding down, the days are long (sunset is around 8:30 p.m.), and the snow fine. Bring up the fam for some springtime fun!

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