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Erin Kirkland (verified owner) –
Alyeska Resort and Grand Hotel combine luxury with Alaskan recreation
Alyeska Resort and Grand Hotel are Alaska’s only true-luxury ski in/out properties in the state, and provide year-round access to a plethora of exciting activities. The hotel is an enormous, full-view property with such amenities as spa, several restaurants, and an outstanding swimming pool and whirlpool spa. Anchorage families flock to the resort for their frequent family specials that include in-room movies, cookies, and resort credit (restaurants, gift shop, etc). Winter brings excellent skiing, lessons, and tons of fellow shredders to the mountain. Not a skier? Try snowshoeing (rentals available at the hotel), Nordic skiing (tons of local trails right near the property), or simply take the aerial tram up to the top of Mount Alyeska for lunch at the Glacier Express, or dinner at famous Seven Glaciers restaurant. During the summer, do take the kids on hikes up and/or down the ski runs for excellent views of the surrounding Glacier Valley area.
Tips for Families
Remember that winter in Alaska can be frigid! Dress in layers, add face coverings, and a ski helmet. NOTE: Alyeska’s run identification system (black, blue, green) is decidedly more challenging than other resorts, so ask concerning terrain. No out of bounds skiing here, ever. Summertime visitors should access the community playground, and visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, 10 miles south.
Marie Fishell (verified owner) –
We were here in the summer so we did not get the luxury of taking advantage of the ski hills. However the hills surrounding the resort are useful for another activity in the summer that I love just as much and the kids love even more; berry picking! The restaurant at the hotel offers a buffalo meat loaf that is out of this world. The staff is very accommodating and are top notch in first class service. The rooms are extremely spacious and offer plenty of space for families. The hotel offers beautiful views and the grounds are amazing, complete with a pond!
Tips for Families
If your looking to enjoy the berry picking August is the best month.