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Alyeska Resort Welcomes Visiting Family and Friends

June 26, 2012 (Girdwood, Alaska) – The increasing level of activity along the scenic Seward Highway is a sure-sign that summer has arrived in Southcentral Alaska. For many locals, this also means its opening season for visiting friends and family, sometimes for weeks at a time. Alyeska Resort encourages locals to send their loved ones to Girdwood where white-capped mountain peaks of the Chugach Mountains and an abundance of outdoor activities can be enjoyed with little-to-no-stress.

Whether your guests need overnight accommodations or convenient day activities, the resort offers a variety of options for all ages and interests. The 60-passenger scenic aerial tram operates daily, rising up to 2,300 feet in elevation where guests can view hanging glaciers and tour the historic Roundhouse Museum. The scenic tram operates from 9:30 A.M. to 9:30 P.M. and the ride takes around five minutes. Tickets for the tram are available at The Hotel Alyeska Tram Ticket Office. The resort offers rack cards featuring a special discount on tram tickets which are available throughout Southcentral Alaska at many visitor centers.

At the upper tram terminal, there are two dining options including lunch at the Glacier Express Cafeteria or dinner at the AAA Four Diamond recognized Seven Glaciers Restaurant. Seven Glaciers opens for daily at 5:00 P.M. With an advanced dining reservation, guests can ride the aerial tram for free. Reservations can be made online at OpenTable.com or by calling 907-754-2237.

Also available right at the resort, the expert guides of local outfitter The Ascending Path (www.theascendingpath.com) can take guests on a variety of guided hikes and tours including the popular rainforest or glacier hike. These guided tours offer technical instruction as well as knowledge of local flora and fauna and can be reserved at the Alyeska concierge desk or by calling 907-754-2108.

In addition to guided tours, there are many complimentary outdoor activities and day trips easily accessible from the resort. Nature trails for all levels of hikers and bikers starting right from the hotel courtyard including the popular Winner Creek Trail which offers a flat, boardwalk surface for the first ½ mile and offers an out-and-back option for a total of 5 miles. Later in the season, the 2.2 mile North Face Trail offers a moderate climb from the hotel to the upper tram terminal. All guests who hike to the top can ride the tram down for free. The tram also allows dogs to ride down in kennels provided by the resort.

For the truly adventurous, Alaska Paragliding (www.alaskaparagliding.com) offers tandem paragliding tours from the upper tram terminal with the best views of the valley. Many other adventure activities are available within a day’s drive from Alyeska Resort including helicopter flight-seeing, jet-boating, rafting, and sport fishing. To learn more about the available activities and to make reservations, please contact guest services at The Hotel Alyeska at 907-754-2108 or learn more by visiting www.alyeskaresort.com.

Treat your house guests to some time away with the following Alyeska summer packages:

Fourth Night Free Special – We encourage longer stays so that guests can fully enjoy the resort’s amenities and surrounding activities. This special offers four nights of lodging for the price of three and $100 in resort credit. The resort recommends booking this special for a Saturday or Sunday arrival.

Summer Getaway Package – The Getaway Package reflects up to a 25% savings and includes one-night stay in a deluxe room, tickets for the scenic aerial tram and $25 in resort credit valid on purchases throughout the resort including dining, shopping, spa services and more. Packages available starting from $279 per night based on double occupancy.

Room & A Cruise Package – In partnership with 26 Glacier Cruise, this convenient package features one of the most popular activities booked with the Alyeska concierge desk: wildlife and glacier day cruise tour. The package includes one-night stay in a deluxe room, scenic tram tickets and your choice of either the 5 ½ hour 26 Glacier Cruise or 3 ¾ hour Glacier Quest Cruise. The 26 Glacier Cruise tours depart from Whittier, 45 minutes from Girdwood; optional shuttle transfers can also be booked through concierge.

To view other summer resort packages, please visit www.alyeskaresort.com or call Alyeska Resort Reservations at 800-880-3880 or 907-754-2111.

The promotional package pricing is based on double occupancy, and subject to availability, taxes and fees. Packages require advanced reservations. Other restrictions may apply.

About Alyeska Resort (www.alyeskaresort.com)
Alyeska Resort is Alaska's premier year-round destination featuring The Hotel Alyeska, an award-winning 304 room full-service property. Located just 40 miles from Anchorage and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Alyeska Resort is your base camp for summer and winter excursions. The resort is within close proximity of three national parks and the Kenai Peninsula, and is home to the northernmost temperate rainforest, part of the Chugach Mountains. Alyeska Resort stands out in ski season with 643” of average snowfall annually and the longest-continuous double black diamond ski run in North America. Learn more about the resort and plan your Alaskan adventure at www.alyeskaresort.com or 800.880.3880.

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