You don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to enjoy a winter vacation at a ski resort. A quick flight north to Anchorage and a shuttle to Alyeska Resort, less than an hour away, lands you in the middle of a winter wonderland with plenty to see and do without ever having to clip on a pair of ski boots.
After you check into your room at Alyeska Hotel, your biggest problem will be what to do first. Tour the resort to get a feel for the surroundings and all the available amenities, then ride up the scenic aerial tram for a breathtaking view of the Chugach Mountains, the valley and down to Turnagain Arm, an inlet that branches off Cook Inlet.
Once you fully appreciate your magnificent surroundings, it’s time to plan some wilderness adventures, which can be arranged through the hotel concierge team.
What’s a winter trip to Alaska without dog sledding? After all, it’s Alaska’s official sport. The hotel can arrange a full-day guided excursion to the Dallas Seavey Racing Kennels north of Anchorage, where you will meet a professional dog musher, see gear demonstrations, meet the canine Iditarod champions and glide through snowy terrain in a dog sled.
Next, take a guided snowmobile tour through the dramatic winter landscape of the Chugach Mountains. This off-road experience shows you the real backcountry in all its winter glory. Depending on conditions, these half-day guided excursions either go into mountain glacial terrain or on an old gold-mine trail.
Perhaps ice fishing is more your speed. The hotel can arrange a guided, half-day ice-fishing trip at a high mountain lake, where rainbow trout and Dolly Varden are the catch of the day.
Of course, Alyeska is known for its ski runs, so if you must, hit the slopes. Or rent a fat-tire bike and pedal through the snow.
Back at the hotel, unwind after your outdoor experiences with a relaxing plunge in the saltwater pool or a pampering treatment at the hotel’s spa.
When it’s time for dinner, don’t miss the opportunity for a tram ride to the mountaintop for dinner at the award-winning Seven Glaciers Restaurant.
To book your Alyeska getaway, go to alyeskaresort.com.
This article appeared in our November/December, 2018 issue.