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America's Best Ski Towns

America's Best Ski Towns: Girdwood

2012 Randy Brandon

Girdwood, AK

Mount Alyeska gets inundated by about 650 inches of snow annually, so it was surely only a matter of time (1960, to be precise) before the first ski lift came up in this historic town at its base. Wind-chapped skiers now indulge in winter warmers like the Hot Oatmeal Cookie (cinnamon schnapps, Buttershots, and hot chocolate) at Sitzmark Bar & Grill, while the Jack Sprat and the Double Musky Inn restaurants do their part with dishes like Alaskan cioppino and prime rib, respectively. Just the kind of meal to help you brace for another adventure-filled day, whether dogsled riding, driving snowmobiles at the base of 7,000-foot glacial peaks in nearby Glacier City, or viewing bear, moose, and lynx at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

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