The small town of Girdwood, consisting of around 2,000 year-round residents, is located roughly 40 miles south of Anchorage, Alaska. With a postcard setting, Girdwood resides along scenic Turnagain Arm and a lush green, forested valley surround by the Chugach Mountains and several hanging glaciers. Girdwood is home to Alaska’s largest ski mountain, Alyeska Resort, which is the premier destination in Alaska for visitors and locals alike. At 495,000 acres, it is the third largest state park in the US. In addition to 643” of annual snowfall at the summit and 2,000 vertical feet, skiers enjoy expansive mountain and ocean inlet views.
Girdwood is a year-round, outdoor-enthusiast’s haven. During the winter months, many take advantage of the extensive, forested trails systems for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and dog-sledding. For avid skiers and boarders, Chugach Powder Guides operates both heli-skiing and cat-skiing operations. The summer season offers a multitude of recreational opportunities with paved bike trails, mountain-bike trails, hiking, paragliding, and ice-climbing. Girdwood is also close to fishing and rafting opportunities.