Local Information

Girdwood is a year round ski-resort community located just 38 miles southeast of Anchorage. It was originally called “Glacier City” for the large icy glaciers that rim the surrounding mountains, Girdwood originally began as a gold-mining town in 1900 when James Girdwood hit gold in Crow Creek. The devastating 1964 earthquake sunk the town into Turnagain Arm, and it was moved two miles further inland where it’s nestled today in a valley next to Alaska’s premier ski area, Mt. Alyeska.

Mt. Alyeska

Summer activities include biking, hiking, fishing and every summer Girdwood hosts the Girdwood Forest Fair. Girdwood is best known for the skiing and snowboarding at Mount Alyeska. During the summer enjoy a hike along Crow Creek Trail, which is part of the historical Iditarod Trail. You will enjoy stunning views along the tail and even be able to stop along the way to try your hand at gold panning at Crow Creek Mine. Whatever the season though, Girdwood offers a variety of choices for activities, dining, and shopping.

Girdwood / Alyeska Map

Girdwood/Alyeska Map

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