Background: Girdwood sits about 35 miles southeast of Anchorage. Like most towns in Alaska, Girdwood started out as a gold mining claim. Its namesake is Colonel James Girdwood, an early miner who staked four claims here in the early 1900s. Now it flourishes as Alaska's premier ski area on Mt. Alyeska. The Alyeska Resort boasts an average of 643" of snow at summit, plenty of steep terrain, and oceanview to boot! Surrounded by the vast Chugach Mountains, Girdwood not only offers alpine skiing, but heli-skiing, snow-shoeing, dogsledding, and Nordic skiing. And that's just in the winter months!
Girdwood is carefree, relaxing, and offers everything for the outdoor enthusiast. In the summer months, our trails offer hiking, mountain biking, berry picking, and pack rafting - just to name a few. Surrounded by towering mountains and hanging glaciers, the stunning view from any trail, during any season, is spectacular! Girdwood is a favorite destination for both Alaskans and visitors. We're nestled in the Chugach Mountains with the Chugach State Park to the west, Turnagain Arm to the south, and Twentymile River and Glacier to the east. Girdwood is on the Seward Highway (Alaska Highway 1) at the junction with Alyeska Highway.
Coordinates: Latitude 60.94 & Longitude 149.17
Population / Elevation: Girdwood has an active community of about 2,000 year-‘round. The town is located two miles inland from Turnagain Arm at an elevation of about 150 feet at the airstrip. Girdwood originally was located at sea level, next to Turnagain Arm. The earthquake of 1964 sunk most of the original Girdwood townsite.
How to get there: Drive South on the Seward Highway (Alaska 1) about 35 miles from Anchorage. Girdwood also has a 2000 ft gravel airstrip.
There are as many places to stay in Girdwood as there are budgets. From Bed & Breakfasts to The Hotel Alyeska, you'll be able to find accomodations that fit your style. The same goes for eating out. Check out our links for more information.