Base camp for Alaska's year-round fun
Surrounded by mountains, hanging glaciers and the ocean in the distance, Hotel Alyeska is a destination for those who love the great outdoors. In the heart of Girdwood about 30 minutes outside of Anchorage, the hotel has been essential to transforming this gold rush mining town into a world-class ski resort since it opened in 1994.
You might find yourself on the slopes with star athletes, as the area has been a training ground for both Olympic medalists and World Cup champions. There is something for every level — from beginner ski lessons to expert heli-skiing — and the deep, steep snow is a must for all enthusiasts. The chateau-inspired hotel is also a good base camp in the summer for exploring nearby Prince William Sound, fishing on the Kenai Peninsula, deep-sea fishing in Seward, rafting wild rivers or watching for wildlife.
After hiking under the midnight sun in the peak of summer or practicing your snowboarding moves during the winter season, you’ll want to refuel and recharge. Head to the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel's indoor saltwater pool or relax in the hot tub with stunning views of North Face, the most popular Black Diamond run. Or opt for a restorative Vichy shower massage at The Spa at Alyeska before heading to the Aurora Bar and Grill for a cocktail and a juicy Snake River Farms Wagyu burger. Though if you don’t feel like a hamburger, you’ll have plenty of other options with Alyeska’s eight restaurant and bars. Dine on Alaskan salmon at the modern Sakura Asian Bistro or, for a more upscale experience, have king crab with lemon potatoes, carrots and grilled lemon at Seven Glaciers Restaurant. If you want to visit Seven Glaciers, you’ll have to take a short but scenic tram ride to the top of the mountain — the fine-dining restaurant offers views like nowhere else in Alaska.