Snow has two positive uses: it can be used to build snow-jurors when neighbors don’t show up to serve in a nonbinding apartment court, and you can ski on it. Contemplate the former while enjoying the latter with today’s Groupon, which gets you one lift ticket to Alyeska Resort in Girdwood. Choose from the following options:
Day lift ticket (Mon–Fri)
- For $30, you get an adult lift ticket at (a $60 value).
- For $22.50, you get a student/senior/military lift ticket (a $45 value).
- For $15, you get a child’s lift ticket (a $30 value)
Night-Skiing Lift Ticket (Thurs-Sat 4-9 PM)
- For $20, you get an adult night-skiing lift ticket (a $40 value).
- For $12.50, you get a child’s night-skiing lift ticket (a $25 value)
Alyeska Resort, which was named one of the 100 best ski resorts in the world by travel writer Gerry Wingenbach and one of Alaska’s best winter destinations by Frommer’s, tempts twin-tippers and boarders alike with deep powder and challenging terrain parks. Nine lifts, including a high-speed detachable quad, climb steadily up Alyeska’s slopes at a rate of more than 10,000 guests per hour. All-day skiers can enjoy the slopes from 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. throughout the week or swing through for night skiing, which is available from 4 p.m.–9 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. A reusable media card is included with this deal for easy lift access.
Because the area boasts an average annual snowfall of 650 inches, skiers and boarders have no problem slicing through 1,400 skiable acres down vertical heights that top out at 2,500 feet. There is an array of trails, ranging from gentle, groomed slopes for beginners to expert-oriented, double-black diamonds with cliffs, chutes, and abominable snowmen who are thankfully vegetarian. After careening through glades, hang-time seekers can shred in one of two terrain parks or catch air in the 400-foot-long, 18-foot-tall in-ground super pipe that supplies 55 feet of wall-to-wall ramp-up real estate.
Beyond enjoying the slick and well-maintained slopes, guests can also soak up on-mountain dining or kick back for a drink après ski at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill. Anchorage and Eagle River residents can utilize a weekend bus to the resort, and skiers and boarders of any level can always welcome rent gear on-site (not included in today’s deal).
Expiration for day ski options is 4/24/11. Expiration for night ski options is 3/26/11.
Alyeska Resort has been featured in Powdertravel and Frommer’s, with the Hotel Alyeska part of the resort getting an “exceptional” rating. and More than 130 TripAdvisors give the resort an average of four owl eyes: > * No other resort combines true high-mountain terrain, a low oxygen-rich elevation, and splendid ocean views, in addition to a season that runs on to Memorial Day. – Claire Walter, Frommer’s > * Alyeska ALASKA USA boasts fantastic skiing and snowboarding opportunities in one of the most scenic resorts in the world. – Powdertravel
Boasting a "steep and deep" mountain with one of North America’s longest continuous double-black runs, Alyeska Resort packs both an adventurous punch and about 650 inches of snow annually. The mountain benefits from top-to-bottom snowmaking capabilities across the 2,500 feet of vertical terrain, as well as a brand new Ted's Express high-speed quad chairlift to access beginner runs.
The 76 named trails crisscross 1,500 skiable acres, whose lower regions grant visitors breathtaking glimpses through coastal tree lines. As Claire Walter put it in a 2009 Frommer’s review, "No other resort combines true high-mountain terrain, a low oxygen-rich elevation, and splendid ocean views." In the summer, an aerial tram showcases lush flora and fauna and wildlife such as moose and a vacationing Smokey Bear, who acts as a trail guide.
Aside from quick bites at the Daylodge, skiers refuel with burgers and live music at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill or venture to the AAA four-diamond Seven Glaciers restaurant for more formal dining. Guests can rest their heads at the chateau-style Hotel Alyeska and soothe weary muscles at a full-service spa.