Alyeska Ski Resort Jobs
- Employment: Alyeska Resort Job Listings
- Population: 1,975
- Area Information:
- Local Newspaper: Alaska Dispatch News
- Annual Snowfall: 500″
- Ski Season: Early November-Easter
- Average Cost 1-bedroom Apartment: $550-$650
- Lift Ticket Prices
- Alyeska Web Cams
In Aleut, Alyeska means, “Great land of white to the east.” Alyeska truly is a great destination for those who want to sample nature at its finest, unspoiled and untamed. The ski resort is nestled deep in the Girdwood Valley, forty miles from Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. It has the lowest elevation of any ski resort in the U.S., yet it offers a spectacular summit view. Water, mountains, and wildlife are everywhere. The base resort area consists of one inn, two restaurants, and the Hotel Alyeska, a self-contained, 304 -room luxury resort hotel. The hotel houses upscale accommodations and several restaurants featuring world-class dining. The resort has a mountain tramway to take hotel guests directly to the mountain peak. Alyeska Resort has become an all-season destination resort area.
Alyeska is blessed with long winters and the second-heaviest snowfall of any resort in the United States, which make for great ski conditions. The runs at Alyeska are well-groomed and offer something for every level of skier. Mount Alyeska has a 2,500-foot vertical drop and over 1,400 skiable acres. Nordic skiers will find excellent cross-country terrain in the surrounding spruce and hemlock forests.
There are also opportunities to heli-ski uncharted slopes and night-ski beneath the Northern Lights.
When exploring the area, remember there is no better (or more traditional) way to see Alaska than by dog-sled, but scenic flights are also recommended. Alyeska also hosts special events, which are listed online. And there is always plenty of adventure to be found in the backcountry or at nearby Portage Glacier.
Fishing in Alaska is phenomenal, whether you enjoy catching salmon, trout, or halibut. The long summer daylight hours offer plenty of time to windsurf, waterski, hike, and mountain bike. You may also want to try goldpanning. Stop by or call the Visitors Center in Anchorage for maps and information. Whatever you do, don’t forget mosquito and fly repellent.
Nature provides most of the entertainment at Alyeska. Those seeking a drink and some dancing can try a “muscle relaxer” at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill. Other options include Chair 5 and The Silvertip. All three often have live music.
Anchorage has a variety of bars and dance clubs, but plan to stay the night there because the drive to Alyeska can be tricky even under the best conditions.
Glacier Valley Transit (GVT) is Girdwood’s public transportation system and operates year-round. Taxi service is available from Anchorage to Girdwood.
Many major airlines fly into Anchorage International Airport. The resort is forty miles south of Anchorage on Seward Highway (Route 1) along the Turnagain Arm. This is the only route to the resort and one of the most beautiful drives in Alaska. It is common to see bald eagles along the road in spring and Dall sheep near Falls Creek.
In 2008, Alyeska Resort opened a new large (20,000 square feet) employee housing complex that provides affordable housing for up to 120 people. The units are fully furnished and include a complete kitchen with stove, microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher. Single or shared two-bedroom units and single four-bedroom apartments are available. Employee housing is offered on a first come first serve basis.
There are few available apartments within the Alyeska Resort area at this time. More housing is available in summer than winter, so you’ll want to arrive in plenty of time You may find that your best bet is to live in Anchorage and commute.
Craigslist is the best online resource to find housing options in Girdwood and Anchorage. You can also check out bulletin boards at the Grind Cafe and at the Post Office.
To find out more about employment opportunities at the Alyeska Resort, check out the Jobs page on the company website.
The Alaska Job Center, (907) 269-4746, is also an excellent source for regional employment opportunities.