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Girdwood has a rich history steeped in gold fever. Originally called “Glacier City”, Girdwood was founded as a supply camp for placer gold miners. It was renamed for Colonel James Girdwood, an entrepreneur and linen merchant who staked the first four gold claims along Crow Creek in 1886.

Crow Creek Mine was one of the largest producing hydraulic placer gold mines in Southcentral Alaska. During its peak production, historians estimate that 700 ounces of gold were extracted per month. Mining operations came to a standstill during World War II, and local lore claims that more gold remains in the creek than was mined.

Today, Girdwood is a vibrant community and part of the Municipality of Anchorage. Those who call Girdwood home are made up of a diverse population of outdoor enthusiasts, local businesses, services and Anchorage commuters. Complete with a mercantile, post office, many bed & breakfast locations, restaurants & bars, and shops, Girdwood offers natural beauty, convenience and a rich heritage for residents and visitors alike. Visit the Girdwood Chamber website for more information.

Glacier Valley Transit

Getting around Girdwood is easy. Glacier Valley Transit (GVT) operates public transportation year-round in Girdwood. The bus service follows a fixed route from The Hotel Alyeska to the Tesoro gas station with designated stops. The GVT bus schedule is available at The Hotel Alyeska Front Desk and Concierge, and all Alyeska Ticket Office locations.

gvt route map


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Guests at The Hotel Alyeska enjoy complimentary rides on Glacier Valley Transit . Show your guest lodging voucher from The Hotel Alyeska and ride for free during your stay. This a great way to grab dinner at one of Girdwood's great restaurants, or to catch a ride home after catching a show at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill. Compliments of Alyeska Resort. 

GVT buses are equipped with handicap accessible lift and safety straps. Dial-A-Ride-Service (DART) is also available for the disabled who need assistance to a shuttle stop, please call 907-382-0090 for more information. For more information about GVT, visit their website.