Making tracks: Getting around in Girdwood doesn’t always involve Alpine skis

by • January 15, 2016 • White PagesComments (0)192

Nestled back in the small community of Girdwood, our locals and visitors have many unique ways of traveling… most notably, on snow. We’re not just talking about our downhill travel on snow either.

Hage Photo Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are just two of the other fun ways to get around on the snow at Alyeska.

Hage Photo
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are just two of the other fun ways to get around on the snow at Alyeska.

Chances are that the guy on the Fatback bike riding up the Alyeska Highway and the cross-country skier you see cruising across Moose Meadows are actually headed to work. That kid you see stomping around in his snowshoes? He’s on his way to Girdwood Elementary.  While winter travel may bring woes on the Anchorage streets or on the major highways throughout the state, we in Girdwood like to keep our winter travel as fun and effective as possible.

Fat-tire bikes are becoming a hit during the winter in Alaska, and the reason is simple: traction, traction, traction. How else can bike lovers keep their spokes turning in our longest season of the year?

At Alyeska Resort, we are proud to promote Fatback bikes, a local Anchorage-based company, which is allowing us to give the experience of quiet trail riding through a tunnel of snow-covered trees to Alaskans and visitors alike. If you are in Girdwood but maybe don’t feel like traveling downhill on the snow, stop by the Hotel Rental Shop where we have The Original Alaskan Fat Bikes for day-use rental. If you are used to keeping two feet on the ground, the new Nordic 5K trail that starts at The Hotel Alyeska parking lot offers a groomed haven for classic and skate-skiers alike.

If you are wanting a little more off-the-beaten-path adventure to your two-footed winter travel and excursions, the snowshoe trails are endless out here. Visit the Hotel Rental Shop for all of your fat-tire bike, cross-country, and snowshoe needs to travel around town in proper Girdwood fashion.

Ralph Kristopher A Fatback cyclist takes to the snow at Alyeska Resort. The resort rents Fatback fat-tire bikes for winter recreation, for those who might want to try a different mode of transportation besides downhill skis.

Ralph Kristopher
A Fatback cyclist takes to the snow at Alyeska Resort. The resort rents Fatback fat-tire bikes for winter recreation, for those who might want to try a different mode of transportation besides downhill skis.

Of course the most notable winter travel in Girdwood happens on the slopes of the surrounding mountains. With one of the best season openers we have had in the last few years, we have been skiing top to bottom with all lifts spinning since opening day and outer areas starting to open within the first two weeks of operation. Think about it: If you were to ski just five measly laps from the base to the top of Glacier Bowl Express, you have traveled roughly five miles between the lifts and the plank(s) under your feet. That means if you ride a full day, we are talking approximately 24 miles of mountain travel. Talk about some winter mileage!

Not ready to track that many miles just yet? January’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard program is just around the corner and is a deal to not miss out on. Valid through January and February, Alyeska Resort is teaming up with the National Learn to Ski and Snowboard program where we are offering a killer deal to get you, your friends and family out on the slopes. When signing up for this National Initiative, you are receiving three lessons, three lift tickets and three days of rentals for $99. That means for $33 a day, you are receiving the equipment, knowledge and guidance to get you get comfortable on the mountain and give you the skills you need for the ultimate winter activity.

But it doesn’t stop there. All season long we are offering free adult midweek lift tickets when you bring a friend to sign up for the Adult Beginner Learn-to-Ski Package. Visit our website or call the Mountain Learning Center for more information at 754-2280.

There’s no stopping winter in this state, so you may as well learn how to travel in it and have fun while doing so. Between Fatback bike rentals, cross-country ski rentals, snowshoe rentals, skiing and snowboarding, Alyeska Resort is truly your place for winter travel.

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