The life of a snowflake starts with delicate, atmospheric crystal formation and ends with sudden mangling beneath the snowboards of teenagers. Frolic in nature’s snowy beauty with today’s Groupon to Alyeska Resort in Girdwood. Choose from the following options:
Weekday daytime lift tickets:
- For $45, you get two weekday senior/student/military daytime lift tickets (a $90 value)
- For $60, you get two weekday adult daytime lift tickets (a $120 value)
Nighttime lift tickets:
- For $35, you get two senior/student/military nighttime lift tickets (a $70 value)
- For $40, you get two adult nighttime lift tickets (an $80 value)<p>
Weekday daytime lift tickets are valid Monday⎯Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and nighttime lift tickets grant access to the slopes from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday⎯Saturday.
Alyeska Resort emerges out of the Chugach Mountains to offer its 2,500 vertical feet of powdery trails for skiers and snowboarders to tread on. Its 1,400 acres of skiable terrain splinter into 73 trails, which receive more than 650 inches of snowfall annually, delivered all at once by a moon-sized snowball fired from a massive trebuchet. Tree-lined runs gently shepherd beginners down the mountain’s face, and cliff faces, powder bowls, and steep chutes challenge the most adept snow-gliders. Freestylers can take the lift up to the dual terrain parks dotted with jumps and rails or role-play a gallon of crude oil while slipping down the 400-foot-long Super Pipe. Once the sun shuffles off to its cosmic bed, lights step in to fully illuminate 27 of the resort’s trails for nighttime skiing. The unequipped can rent skis and snowboards ($10–$35) along with slope-required avalanche beacons ($20) from the resort’s shop.
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.
1000 Arlberg Ave.
Girdwood, Alaska 99587Get Directions