Alyeska, Alaska is just 40 miles from Anchorage, located in the small town of Girdwood. It has plenty of attractions available year round. Of course, it is Alaska’s premier ski destination. For the more experienced skiers, Alyeska offers guided heli-skiing. Also on the menu for visitors is flightseeing tours, mushing or dog sledding and glacier tours. Of course, you will want to visit the spa.
The Chugach Mountain Range is home to the guided heli-skiing. Guides are mandatory and are there for your maximum fun and protection. The guides have experience that will keep you out of any avalanche zones and they know the perfect places for the back country skier. It is not inexpensive to go heli-skiing, about $1025 per day. However, if you are fortunate enough to go heli-skiing you will get more than just a thrilling downhill experience. The views are stupendous.
Flightseeing is a great way to see the surrounding attractions. You can choose to fly over or actually land. There are flight tours to see the glaciers, the fjords of Prince William Sound, or wildlife spotting. When flightseeing to spot wildlife you can be treated to viewing the moose and different species of bears as well as the beautiful Dall Sheep. This provides a safe way to see some of Alaska’s most dangerous beasts. Since Alaska is so big, it is the best way to see as much as possible in a limited amount of time.
Dog sledding or mushing is still huge in Alaska. It once was the only way to get from village to village. Since Alaska doesn’t have many roads connecting the cities and villages there are still many active mushers in Alaska. In Alyeska you can get a ride on the sled and even have a chance to drive the team. The adventure will allow a peek into the kennels to view these beautiful dogs and a brief history lesson on the origins of mushing.
The spa at Alyeska is world class with a variety of pleasures offered. Some of the treatments available are massages, facials and even body treatments. After a hard day of downhill skiing, enjoy a full body massage. It is a wonderful way to get the kinks out of your tired and achy muscles. The spa even offers Vichy treatments. After your massage or body wrap the Vichy treatment showers you while you continue relaxing on the table. The relaxation is extended since you don’t have to get up and get into the shower to wash off the various treatments available.
Alyeska is definitely a world class resort that offers a variety of sports and pleasures. Enjoy it’s excellent cuisine in one of it’s many restaurants too. You will leave Alyeska feeling renewed and ready for anything.