Girdwood Alaska, originally called Glacier City, was founded as a mining town at the turn of the century. Today, visitors can try their hand at striking it rich at the Crow Creek Mine. Practice your skills at the panning shed, and then head down the creek with your shovel and bucket.
Girdwood is also famous for its Wildlife Conservation Center, where you can view a variety of animals indigenous to Alaska. You may also want to visit the Begich Boggs Visitor Center, where you can view exhibits on the Portage Valley and Price William Sound. Girdwood is also home to the Crow Creek Mine. Practice your skills at the panning shed, then head down the creek to pan for gold.
While all of these activities can be fun and exciting, there are two words that describe one of the main reasons that people decide to plan a trip to Girdwood Alaska: Alyeska Resort. However, there is also an important reason why people ski or ride at the Alyeska Resort. Not many other people have the same idea, despite the fact that the Alyeska Resort gets about 782 inches of snowfall annually. Yet snow sport lovers from the lower 48 states perceive Girdwood Alaska to be a place characterized by extreme terrain, sub zero temperatures and perpetual darkness. Their loss is your gain.
Nine lifts service the 68 runs at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood Alaska. With 11% beginner, 52% intermediate and 37% advanced trails there is terrain that is suitable for all levels. Given that the resort does not get that many visitors, finding lodging in Girdwood Alaska is not a problem. In fact, there are many options for accommodations in Girdwood. Let"s look at some of them.
Prince Hotel: Lodging Girdwood Alaska
The chateau-style Alyeska Prince Hotel has 304 spacious guest rooms, which include a 2,300-foot Royal Suite and three townhouse suites. Each of the standard guest rooms have either two double beds or one king bed. They both come with a color television, refrigerator, in-room safe, locking ventilated ski boot storage, heated towel rack, hairdryer, make-up mirror, bathrobes and slippers, voice mail messaging, bathroom telephones, and bedside "Do Not Disturb" controls. The hotel also has a state of the art fitness center. Various packages, such as Ski and Stay, are available throughout the year.
Girdwood Goodnight Bed and Breakfast: Lodging Girdwood Alaska
Many people have good things to say about the Goodnight Bed and Breakfast. Girdwood Alaska has a number of accommodations of this type, but the Goodnight is particularly popular. It is located in the Girdwood Valley, which is only 35 miles south of Anchorage. Amenities include:
· Mountain and Glacier Views
· Quiet Location
· Private Entrance
· Full Kitchen
· Cable TV and VCR
· Stereo with CD player
· Private Phone
· Coffee Maker with Fresh Alaskan Roasted Coffee
· Full Custom Hot Breakfast
· Special diets are accommodated.
Alyeska Paws: Pet Friendly Lodging, Girdwood Alaska
Alyeska Paws offers a unique concept in Girdwood Alaska lodging. You get to rent a pet friendly condo, and in the daytime, your pet goes to "day camp". If you choose to stay at a different type of lodging, your dog can stay overnight at the Alyeska Paws Dog Resort!
With great skiing,
lots of attractions and lodging options, Girdwood Alaska
is an excellent vacation choice!