It's not surprising that Girdwood shares much of its historical beginnings with most of the small towns featured here. First operated as a gold mining town and supply camp, Girdwood was originally know as Glacier City. Girdwood, the current town's namesake, is named after James Girdwood, an Irish immigrant who had four gold claims on Crow Creek.
Girdwood is situated 36 miles south of Anchorage and 65 miles from our home base in Cooper Landing. If you're headed to the Kenai Peninsula, Girdwood is a must-see destination. Known as "Alaska's only year-round resort," Alyeska Resort is the signature highlight in town. Voted consistently in the top 10 nationally and internationally among ski resorts and ski towns.
Winter in Girdwood lends itself to excellent conditions for downhill skiing and snowboarding, dog mushing, Nordic skiing, snowmobiling and heli-skiing. The summer months are excellent for sightseeing, glacier-viewing, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, hiking, scenic flights, glacier dog sledding, fishing and rafting.
Girdwood sits just minutes from a quick turn off the Seward Highway. Whether you're just stopping by for your last chance at fuel, or to ride the Tram to the top of Alyeska, make Girdwood, Alaska part of your journey to visit us at Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC!