The Girdwood Alaska Experience
Girdwood has been called “Alaska's best year round resort community". Owners of Girdwood realty have good reason to make this claim.
Girdwood is an unincorporated year-round ski resort community within the Municipality of Anchorage. It lies in a valley in the Chugach Mountains near the end of the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet, 36 miles southeast of Anchorage proper, and 40 miles from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Summer activities include hiking, mountain biking, fishing and rafting, but Girdwood is best known for world-class winter skiing and snowboarding at Alyeska Resort on Mount Alyeska. The town offers a wide selection of accommodations (500+ beds), concierge services, activity specialists and tour guides (including tours by snowmobile!), fine dining, live music, and specialty gift shops.
Girdwood was founded at the turn of the century as a supply camp for gold miners with claims along the creeks feeding Turnagain Arm. Today, Crow Creek Mine, founded in 1898, is a historic site with preserved buildings, rare mining equipment, gold panning, and access to nature trails including the Historic Iditarod Trail.
Surrounded by seven permanent glaciers, Girdwood was originally named Glacier City. Yet Girdwood also has the northernmost rain forest in the world, and hosts the Girdwood Forest Fair every summer.
The grand Chugach Mountains are home to a vast array wildlife and flora species. An introduction to Girdwood Alaska real estate would be incomplete without pointing to the sheer beauty and richness of the natural environment, to see and, if one chooses, to more fully explore.