The Mt. Alyeska Roundhouse sits 2,280 feet above sea level on the east-west ridge of Mt. Alyeska. Accessible via the Alyeska Highway and a tram ride from the Alyeska Resort, the Roundhouse represents the development of recreation and tourism after World War II.
Constructed in 1960, the Roundhouse held the upper terminal of what was, at 5,799 feet, the longest chairlift in the United States. The lower level of the Roundhouse held the chairlift’s upper terminal and provided storage space for staff and ski patrol. The second floor served as a warming house and cafeteria for skiers in winter. In summer, it served as a restaurant and viewing platform for visitors. On clear days the view included seven glaciers, two mountain ranges and the ocean waters of Turnagain Arm.
The Roundhouse Museum has a view of two mountain ranges and seven glaciers. Inside the museum are displays that depict the history of the Alyeska ski resort. It all started with a small group of Girdwood residents and a big dream of building a world-class ski facility.
After opening in 1960, the Alyeska Ski Resort quickly became Alaska’s largest ski area. It hosted major ski competitions. 1994 Olympic gold and silver medalist Tommy Moe spent his early teens at Girdwood skiing on Alyeska’s slopes.