Experience the thrill of lift accessed mountain biking on one of the many downhill biking trails at Alyeska Resort. You'll find a variety of fun, adventurous trails that include short boardwalks, logs, flowing trail and more! The bike park's terrain includes a variety of downhil trails for all ability levels. Trails include top-to-bottom access with a mix of road, singletrack and man-made features.
What to Expect Riding at Alyeska Bike Park
The crew at Alyeska has been hard at work designing and enhancing its summer downhill biking trails for the past several years. Now that the resort has an established trail system, experienced trail builders and savvy local riders, and a couple of good downhill mountain biking seasons under there belt, they're ready to introduce some new summer events at Alyeska Resort including a downhill race series and bike festival.
If you can catch your breath, enjoy the views of the panoramic Chugach Mountain range, Turnagain Arm, hanging glaciers and watch out for wildlife! Riders can load their bikes onto Bear Cub Quad, Ted’s Express and Glacier Bowl Express. Riders must be age 8 or older, and helmets are required.
2016 Event Highlights
4th Annual Mountain Bike Festival | September 2-5
The third annual Mountain Bike Festival will offer three days of competition, live music, demos, workshops and of course riding the Alyeska Bike Park.
3 Days of biking-themed competitions including whips & trick, wheelie comp, downhill race and the popular Pond Crossing, where competitors attempt to cross a floating bridge without falling into the cold water.
Getting to Alyeska Resort
Alyeska Resort is located just 40 miles south of Anchorage, Alaska in the town of Girdwood. Convenient access is available at the modern Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. From the airport, take the scenic Seward Highway heading south. The Seward Highway was voted America's Most Outstanding Scenic Byway by Scenic America, a national conservation organization, in 1995 and by the US Department of Transportation in 2000.
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Alaska’s first lift-serviced mountain bike park, Alyeska, has 2,500 feet of vertical descent and over 15 trails to choose from. This park features some classic Alaskan terrain with roots, rocks, giant trees and some great looking soil.
The park has a fair share of trails for the beginner and intermediate riders like Chips ‘n Salsa and Tanaka Grasslands. Experienced riders looking to ride what Alaska trails can dish out should run down technical Xtra Tuff to the snaking International trail.
Freeriders can enjoy the Bobcat jump trail then show off some tricks on the jumps next to the Bear Cub Quad lift on their way back up.
Alyeska, AK — Alyeska is set to open up select trails to mountain bikers on Friday, July 6, 2012. The second annual downhill mountain operation will continue until October 8, three days a week on a Friday thru Sunday schedule, including Labor Day and Columbus Day.
Alyeska, AK — Alyeska Resort plans to open lift operations for the summer season beginning July 6, 2012. With the large amounts of snow from this winter, the trail crew will be working furiously to get lower mountain bike trails open. Lifts are currently scheduled to run Fridays through Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm beginning July 6th and closing October 8th.
Girdwood, AK — Mountain biking trails and lift access are not the only new additions to Alyeska Resort this summer; the summer season also welcomed the start of a new mountain patrol unit to promote safety and handle emergencies.
“With increased activity on the mountain, comes a need for added safety measures,” said Ben Habecker, patrol director for Alyeska Resort.
Similar to the function of the ski patrol during ski season, the mountain patrol is made up of trained staff and volunteers who watch for potential problems, or are on call to provide transport for injured hikers or bikers.