Over the years, Alyeska Resort has become a relaxing, not-too-far-from-home go-to getaway for my wife and myself. We’ve gone there for many anniversaries and at many times of year. We were thrilled to be invited by Alyeska to come visit, ski, and blog about our trip!
To start with, the drive along the Turnagain Arm is stunning. It’s definitely one of the most breathtaking routes I’ve ever been on as it weaves along the mountains and beside the inlet. This time we were in for a surprise, as a pod of belugas was surfacing just next to shore in Girdwood! I’ve grown up seeing belugas in the Knik Arm, but this was my wife’s first time in her ten years in Alaska!
Girdwood – the northernmost rainforest in the world, with big trees and incredible scenery – is a small, fun ski town about 30 miles outside of Anchorage. The scenery changes dramatically as you head south from Anchorage. After driving through the heart of Girdwood, you wind through the woods to Alyeska. It’s a great spot to stay, with an upscale but cozy feel, and is actually one of my favorite places to go and work on projects with Lauren. Super relaxing, with plenty of quiet nooks to sit and talk and plan.
After checking into our room on the 6th floor with a wide view of the surrounding mountains, we headed down to the Aurora Bar & Grill in the hotel, where they serve up one of my favorite burgers in Alaska (Kobe beef for just $16!).
After dinner we spent some relaxing time in the pool, hot tub, and sauna. There is also a gym, spa, and more. Just a fun spot all around!
We were blessed with an incredibly beautiful, warm, clear day for skiing! But first, a breakfast of Kobe Beef Benedict (more kobe!) and hot coffee at The Pond Cafe downstairs, overlooking the mountains.
Too much fun hitting the slopes! About 4 feet of fresh snow fell up high the week before. Even though it had rained on top of the fresh snow, the slopes were nicely groomed. And that view from the top of the mountain before heading down … there’s just nothing quite like it. Inlet, mountains, valley, and more mountains!
We caught our breath on the deck at The Sitzmark Bar & Grill with hot pretzels and beer. If you’re there on a Tuesday, be sure to check out their $2 Taco Tuesday menu!
(Check the schedule before you go if you’re planning on night skiing, which is only open a few nights a week.)
If you haven’t been to Alyeska, be sure to check it out! They offer specials (including a “Stay & Ski Free” package!) on a regular basis, so before to visit their Specials and Packages page before booking.
Looking forward to many more adventures at this awesome spot!