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Girdwood is a year-round ski resort community located within the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska. It lies in a valley in the Chugach Mountains near the end of the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet, approximately 36 miles southeast of Anchorage proper. Girdwood is surrounded by seven permanent glaciers. Summer activities include hiking, fishing, paragliding, kayaking and rafting, but Girdwood is best known for winter skiing and snowboarding at Alyeska Resort on Mount Alyeska. Girdwood also hosts the Girdwood Forest Fair every summer. Girdwood has the northernmost rain forest in the world and some of the most spectacular scenery in the state. Originally called Glacier City, Girdwood was founded as a supply camp for placer gold miners and was renamed for Colonel James Girdwood, a Belfast-born, Scots-Irish entrepreneur and linen merchant who staked the first four gold claims along Crow Creek in 1896. A drive south from Girdwood on the Seward Highway takes travelers along one of this countrys most amazingly beautiful stretches of road, where the waters of Turnagain Arm meets the mountains.

Surrounding areas: Bird Creek, Alaska (7.3 mi), Hope, Alaska (16.0 mi), Whittier, Alaska (20.0 mi), Pribilof Islands, Alaska (28.0 mi), Eagle River, Alaska (29.4 mi), Anchorage, Alaska (31.1 mi), Moose Pass, Alaska (32.2 mi)

Girdwood Vacation Rentals

Girdwood Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Alyeska Prince Hotel1000 ArlbergGirdwood, AK (907) 754-2135
Alyeska ResortGirdwood, AK (907) 754-2264
Ramada Ltd Hotel Of Anchcorage207 Muldoon RdAnchorage, AK27.1 mi.(907) 929-7000
Dimond Center Hotel700 E Dimond BlvdAnchorage, AK27.4 mi.(907) 770-5000
Bet Western Golden Lion Hotel1600 E 36TH AveAnchorage, AK28.5 mi.(907) 501-1522
Parkwood Inn4455 Juneau StAnchorage, AK28.5 mi.(907) 563-3590
Best Western Garden Lion Hotel1000 E 36TH AveAnchorage, AK28.8 mi.(907) 561-1522
Fairfield Inn & Suites Anchorage5060 A StAnchorage, AK28.8 mi.(907) 222-9000
Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage4540 A StAnchorage, AK28.8 mi.(907) 729-7000
Residence Inn By Marriott Anchorage1025 35th AveAnchorage, AK28.8 mi.(907) 563-9844
Extended Stay Deluxe700 E 34th StAnchorage, AK29.1 mi.(907) 646-4208
Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage100 W Tudor RdAnchorage, AK29.1 mi.(907) 729-7000
Homewood Suites By Hilton Anchorage140 W TudorAnchorage, AK29.1 mi.(907) 729-7000
Hampton Inn Anchorage4301 Credit Union DrAnchorage, AK29.3 mi.(907) 550-7000
Anchorage Springhill Suites By Marriott3401 A StAnchorage, AK29.4 mi.(877) 729-0197
Eagle River Motel11111 Old Eagle River RdEagle River, AK29.4 mi.(907) 694-5000
Hillside Motel2150 Gambell StAnchorage, AK29.5 mi.(907) 258-6006
Accents On Family Guest Suites2600 Cordova St Suite 100Anchorage, AK29.6 mi.(800) 770-0227
Rodeway Inn Anchorage441 E 15th AveAnchorage, AK30.0 mi.(907) 276-3114

Girdwood Weather & Climate

South-central Alaska has a subarctic climate, with strong oceanic influences. This region gets less rain, but more snow, than the southeast Panhandle region. Summers are short and cool to mild, and winters are long and cold. There are frequent, strong southeast winds, known as the Knik wind, in this area, especially in the winter. Rains are frequent in late summer. The number of frost-free summer days number 101. The latitude in this region causes summer days to be very long and winter days to be very short. It is also generally very cloudy during winter. Due to the proximity to active volcanoes, ash hazards may occur and are significant, but not frequent.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 26°F 14°F 7.32 in. -
February 29°F 15°F 5.17 in. -
March 36°F 19°F 4.50 in. -
April 44°F 27°F 5.40 in. -
May 53°F 35°F 3.40 in. -
June 61°F 42°F 2.22 in. -
July 65°F 47°F 2.34 in. -
August 63°F 46°F 4.31 in. -
September 55°F 39°F 8.18 in. -
October 42°F 29°F 7.55 in. -
November 32°F 20°F 6.50 in. -
December 28°F 16°F 7.61 in. -

Girdwood Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Ted Stevens Anchorage International airport (ANC) located about 32 miles northwest of Girdwood in Anchorage, Alaska, the Palmer Municipal airport (PAQ) located approximately 45 miles north of Girdwood in Palmer, Alaska, the Soldotna airport (SXQ) located roughly 70 miles west of Girdwood in Soldotna, Alaska, and finally the Kenai Municipal airport (ENA) located around 74 miles west of Girdwood in Kenai, Alaska.

Girdwood Attractions

Ski Areas
Alyeska ResortGirdwoodAK 
AlpenglowAnchorageAK31.1 mi.
Hilltop Ski AreaAnchorageAK31.1 mi.
State Parks
Chugach State ParkAK15.1 mi. 

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