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Friday, January 20, 2006

Winter Fun in Alaska

Wintertime Fun in Alaska - Alyeska Ski Resort by: Ron Richards

If you are a winter sports enthusiast, then the Alyeska Ski Resort is the place to be! Regardless what your sporting interest, you are sure to find it at this phenomenal complex tucked away in the lovely Chugach Mountains on the state’s south central coast. Rated a four diamond hotel by the American Automobile Agency, this resort is the only four diamond in the entire state. Conveniently located a mere 40 miles from the bustling hub of Anchorage in the quaint town of Girdwood, this resort is easily reachable from the airport or port. The resort is lovely year round, but it certainly comes alive during the winter, when outdoor and winter sports enthusiasts alike flock in the great outdoors to pursue their passions.

Whether you are an old pro or a newbie, the Alyeska Ski Resort has your ticket! For less experienced folks, enjoy a lesson in skiing or snowboarding on the resort’s more beginner-friendly hills. These classes range in experience from beginner to intermediate, allowing individuals to learn new techniques or simply serve as a much needed refresher. Classes are available for individuals of any age and are usually performed in a group, although individual lessons are offered. For the more advanced winter sports enthusiasts, the runs are phenomenal! Mount Alyeska features an average annual snowfall of over 600 inches, skiers and snowboarders have truly found paradise on earth.

For youngsters—or just the young at heart---hit the slopes at Glacier Tube Park. Visitors of all ages will jump at the chance to whiz down these soft, powdery runs on a large inner tube. Perfect for all ages and skill levels, the Glacier Tube Park is a popular spot at the Alyeska Ski Resort. Many adults enjoy the tube park, especially those who are a bit too hesitant to entrust their life to a pair of skinny skis or a single snowboard!

The fantastic winter sports opportunities at the lovely Alyeska Ski Resort are just one aspect of the wintertime fun. The hotel itself is truly phenomenal, offering every imaginable amenity found within the state of Alaska. Designed in a gorgeous chateau style, you will soon forget you are in the Alaskan wilderness, as the massive hotel boasts 307 guest rooms, a phenomenal Royal Suite, and three spectacular townhouse suites. From curling up in front of a cozy fireplace with a cup of warm cocoa to indulging in a luxurious bubble bath in the room’s fantastic tub, your room will be calling you off the slopes and into its warm haven.

The exquisite Alyeska Ski Resort is the perfect getaway for the entire family. Whether you are an avid skier or choose to stick to the bunny slopes, you cannot go wrong choosing this world class resort.

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