Alyeska and Girdwood rentals: Exploring the Alaska ski scene

You’re a snow-over-sand kind of vacationer. You know good powder when you see it. You’re looking for a unique ski experience. Why not try Alaska? The resort area of Alyeska, nestled in tiny Girdwood, just outside Anchorage, boasts some of the best slopes this side of Canada. These Girdwood and Alyeska accommodations are your ticket to making the most of your Alaskan ski vacation.

Snowbird Chalet #5

Don’t let this picture-perfect cabin’s fairytale looks distract you: It’s the perfect place to crash after a long day on the slopes. Look for the cottage with the red door, and you’ll know that you’re home for the evening. Fire up the hot tub or pile on the blankets in the cozy living room—whatever your heart desires after an afternoon on the mountain.

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Banjo Cabins

There’s nothing better than a double-date couple’s retreat to the mountains, and this joint cabin’s setup is ideal. An outdoor walkway joins two separate spaces, so two couples can easily share the rental. Funky decor adds a touch of personality to your stay here.

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Iris Pond

Wooden beams, ample natural light, and a bubbling hot tub surrounded by pines give this house an authentic ski lodge feel. Iris Pond’s three bedrooms (plus a loft!) give your whole group plenty of room to spread out, whether you’re sipping hot cocoa or cracking open a book.

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East Condo #210

Set yourself up for Alyeska ski success with a trip to Powder Hound Ski Shop, which happens to be right across the road from this vacation rental. Whatever equipment you’re renting or buying is only minutes away, which gives you that much more time on the slopes.

Tour East Condo #210.

Fly Fisher

From the wooden exterior to the mounted moose head, this home’s cabin aesthetic is the stuff of ski vacation dreams. There’s no way the inside can compete with the outside, though—the mountain views from the porch and rooftop are simply spectacular.

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Snowbird #170-C

Close to the action, surrounded by woods, this cute condo makes a wonderful ski home base. There’s a fireplace to warm you up after a day in the snow, and plenty of comfy furniture to sink into. Curl up on the sectional couch with a glass of wine and swap stories from the slopes.

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Christina Cabin

The private hot tub at this Christmas-colored cabin sets it apart as a prime Alyeska destination. Mountains peek over the roof, making a charming alpine vignette. When you’re not busy skiing, there are plenty of trails to explore, practically in your backyard.

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East Condo #218

If a killer location’s what you’re after in Alyeska, look no further. This condo is steps from the ski lift, so there’s nothing stopping you from spending all day on the slopes. A private balcony means you’ll get your fill of that fresh mountain air.

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Brighton Bungalow

This rustic rental has all the essentials for your ideal skiing or snowboarding trip. When you’re ready to hang up your skis at the end of the day, this home’s porch is just the place for shedding gear. It also doubles as an excellent spot for dinner alfresco, weather permitting.

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