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Girdwood, AK

Girdwood, AK


Girdwood, AK

Moving to Girdwood, Alaska
Girdwood, Alaska located in Anchorage County, has a population of approximately 2,280 residents. In its beginnings, Girdwood was a gold mining town and was called “Glacier City,” surrounded by seven beautiful glaciers. Girdwood is in the valley of the Chugach Mountains, with the Chugach State Park to the west, Turnagain Arm to the south and Twentymile Glacier to the east. A few cities near to Girdwood include: Anchorage (30.4 miles), Hope (12.9 miles), Eagle River (19.3 miles), and Chugiak (31.9 miles). Currently, Girdwood is a resort town with a diverse population of enthusiastic outdoorsmen, visitors, folks commuting from Anchorage, and some very hearty townsfolk. Come and join them, you’re going to love moving to Girdwood!   

The Weather in Girdwood
One thing you’ll notice in Girdwood is that it rains a lot and there is so much snow! Girdwood usually receives 69 inches of rain per year as well as 196 inches of snow! During the year, the number of days with precipitation is 178. Average sunny days per year equal about 126 days. Summer temperatures average around 65 F, while winter temperatures can drop to as low as 15 F. When moving to Girdwood, be sure to bring your snow shovels and umbrellas, and be sure to invest in a warm winter coat! Alaska has breathtaking beauty due much to its abundant snowfall! 

Girdwood Education
Girdwood Elementary/Jr. High School is organized within the Anchorage School District and is for grades K-8. The total student population of the Anchorage School District is 50,000; however, the Girdwood School has a student population of 165. If you have a high school student in your home, he/she will be bussed to Diamond High School in Anchorage. For upper level education, University of Alaska-Anchorage and University of Alaska-Fairbanks are both great options 36 miles and 279 miles from Girdwood respectively. University of Alaska-Anchorage offers up to a Master’s degree and University of Alaska-Fairbanks offers Doctorate level degrees. Additionally, Alaska Christian College is located in Soldotna, 111 miles from Girdwood.

Transportation in Girdwood
Navigating around Girdwood is very simple. However, if you prefer to take a transit, Glacier Valley Transit operates all year with fixed route buses. They are at the service of workers, residents and visitors to meet the traveling needs of all who need transportation in the Girdwood community. If you have a need to travel in Anchorage, People Mover is your public transportation company! People Mover serves the greater Anchorage and Eagle River areas with 14 transit routes plus they offer Share-A-Ride, which helps to organize carpooling for area commuters. Additionally, The Magic Bus in Anchorage provides transportation services for corporate groups, weddings, visiting sports teams, group visitors, and individuals. No matter what your needs may be, Girdwood has an option for you!

Girdwood Attractions
There are countless activities and attractions awaiting your arrival in Girdwood. Girdwood is home to the Alyeska Ski Resort and provides sports such as skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, dog sledding, and snowshoeing! Mount Alyeska has snowfall amounts on average of 742 inches per year so you can enjoy these sports to the fullest! So once you’ve unpacked from your move, start planning for some great fun!

Another attraction in Girdwood is the Girdwood Center for Visual Arts, where 40 Alaskan artists provide an array of beautiful artwork to please just about anyone and they are always looking for budding new artists! So come join them! Additionally, in the months of June to mid-September, you can schedule a bear and wildlife viewing through Alyeska Resort! Lastly, you’ll find snowmobile tours, hiking, marine tours, Alaska Drift Away Fishing, and so much more! 

Dining in Girdwood
Looking for great food? You won’t have to look far in Girdwood! They have tastes to please any palate with such foods as Mexican dishes, Pizza, fresh seafood, steaks and more! Some of the local favorite places to dine are Jack Sprat, Silvertip Grill, Java Haus, The Bake Shop, Coast Pizzeria, Inc., and Seven Glaciers. These are just a few of the many fine dining spots in and around Girdwood!  

Helpful Links for Moving to Girdwood
Girdwood Chamber of Commerce
Voter Registration
Anchorage Area Office - DMV
Alyeska Resort

The service center for Girdwood, AK is located in Anchorage, AK.

Information about Girdwood, AK

Est. Population: Unknown
County: Anchorage
Latitude: 60.9500
Longitude: -149.1667
Zip Codes: 99587
99693