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Who needs an out-of-state vacation when Alyeska beckons?

Winter is in full swing at Alyeska Resort, and the skiing and riding has been fantastic. After every snowstorm, the dedicated crew of the Alyeska Ski Patrol works their tails off to get terrain open for guests to enjoy. For those Alaska vacationers who seek fresh powder, there is no need to leave the state. Alyeska is the winter destination.
After just a short drive down the picturesque Seward Highway, travelers can feel miles and miles away from the norm, because in Girdwood, they are.
February is a great time to get to Alaska’s largest ski resort. Yes there’s skiing and snowboarding, but there’s also so much more. From dining outlets to shopping and the spa, Alyeska Resort is a great local place for a quick getaway and here’s a few reason why.

The saltwater pool at Alyeska is a relaxing destination après ski. Ken Graham

The saltwater pool at Alyeska is a relaxing destination après ski. Ken Graham

Ski in style
Simply put, the skiing and riding is fantastic. This is what the resort is known for — wide-open terrain, great snow and one of the most scenic backdrops in the industry (if not the most scenic). The terrain at Alyeska offers up something for every ability in the sport. From the steep pitches of North Face for the experts to the winding groomers of Main Street and Silver Tip for the intermediates to all of the trails off of the Bearcub Quad for the beginners, Alyeska has terrain that suits and challenges every level of skier and snowboarder. If you’ve never been skiing or riding and want to learn, the resort’s Mountain Learning Center is full of knowledgeable instructors who love teaching new snow-sliders the ropes of a great lifelong sport.
If you happen to be on the other end of the ability spectrum and want to really challenge yourself, jump in a cat or helicopter with Chugach Powder Guides based right in Girdwood. CPG has 750,000 acres of huge terrain and can always find the “goods.” Arguably the most exciting part of your day with CPG is flying through the mountains in one of the A-Star B3 helicopters. Heli-skiing is a must-do for those who are passionate about the sport.
Fine dining
Alyeska Resort doesn’t limit itself to just great skiing and riding. The resort’s food and beverage outlets are world class and worth the visit alone. The crown jewel of the resort is Seven Glaciers. This four-diamond restaurant sits high atop the mountain in the upper tram terminal and serves up signature gourmet dishes featuring local Alaska ingredients. Add the award-winning wine list and panoramic views, and you have a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
If you’re looking for great eats in the Hotel Alyeska then Sakura Asian Bistro is the spot. Open Fridays through Mondays for dinner, this Alyeska food and beverage outlet features the best sushi in Alaska and other Asian-inspired dishes. Fish is flown in daily for the freshest rolls, and local favorites include the Chugach, the Alyeska and the Hustler. Grab a beer and a roll on Mondays for just $10 or visit from 5 – 6 p.m. for happy hour specials.
Alyeska’s slopeside bar, The Sitzmark Bar & Grill, is the spot to hang in your ski boots, drink a beer and listen to some great live music. What’s better than skiing hard all day and then pulling up to a bar for an après beer? “Pretty much nothing,” is the answer. Add live music every weekend and that makes the equation so much sweeter. With acts like Leftover Salmon, Young Dubliners, Michal Menert of Pretty Lights, Keller Williams and California-based Mother Hips on the calendar, the Sitzmark is the place for after skiing entertainment.

The Seven Glaciers restaurant is world-renowned, offering a commanding view from the top of the mountains. Ken Graham

The Seven Glaciers restaurant is world-renowned, offering a commanding view from the top of the mountains. Ken Graham

Ahh, the spa
So there’s skiing and snowboarding, there’s great food, drinks and live music what else could travelers to Alyeska want? How about a relaxing day at the Spa? Maybe a visit to the heated saltwater pool, the hot tub or sauna sounds nice? All of these options are available at Alyeska. The Spa offers a wide variety or facials, massages, mani-pedis and other body treatments. The Spa is open daily, and appointments can be made day of or by calling 754-2550.
When you stay at the Hotel Alyeska a visit to the pool, hot tub or sauna is a must. Take a moment after a long day of skiing or riding by soaking in the tub and loosen up. Stretch out in a yoga class or hit the gym.
Yes, vacationing is great, but if you’re short on time and can’t get out of the state to Maui but still want to get away, Alyeska Resort is the perfect Alaska getaway in the winter months for skiing, dining, live music or just relaxing.

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