Just 40 miles southwest of Anchorage, Girdwood sits along the scenic waters of Cook Inlet’s Turnagain Arm. Originally established as a gold mining town known as “Glacier City,” Girdwood has come to exist as a popular year-round resort community featuring something for everyone to enjoy. Home to approximately 2,000 residents, this small town is big on outdoor adventures thanks to its unique location and rocky mountain terrain.
Anchoring Girdwood’s strong economy is Alyeska Resort, a luxury hotel and ski resort in an incredible and majestic setting. The resort attracts thousands of visitors each year and provides countless job opportunities for local area residents. The first-class Hotel Alyeska provides visitors with 307 deluxe rooms, retail shops, a swimming pool, a complete fitness center and fine dining. Mt. Alyeska offers challenging and exhilarating trails appropriate for all ages and skill levels, from steep, expert terrain to beginner slopes for kids and less-seasoned skiers and snowboarders. Girdwood and the surrounding area provide miles of cross-country ski trails and other winter activities such as flight seeing, dog sledding, ice climbing, heli skiing and cruise tours.
While Girdwood, Alaska is known as an alpine ski village, the summer months bring plenty of warm-weather activities as well. Residents and visitors alike have the choice of several recreational opportunities such as mountain hiking and biking, glacier hiking, fishing, rafting, paragliding and so much more. Whether you’re an experienced outdoor enthusiast or a young novice, there is an abundance of activity waiting to be explored here in Girdwood and the surrounding area!