The move to preserve the Roundhouse, built in 1960, the Roundhouse sits on an exposed ridge, 2,280 feet above sea level. The distinctive octagonal building first served as a warming hut and later as a popular mountain gathering place, complete with restaurant and lounge. Alyeska's ski patrol used the lower level as its headquarters. In summer the Roundhouse turned into a visitor center for people to enjoy the alpine environment and the panoramic view that encompasses two mountain ranges, seven glaciers and scenic Turnagain Arm.

But age took its toll and public use all but ended when the Glacier Terminal and aerial tram opened in 1992. The Roundhouse was placed on the National Historic Register in 2003 in recognition of its significance to the development of skiing and other outdoor activities in Alaska. Girdwood, Inc. was formed, in part, to restore the Roundhouse and turn its upper level into an interpretive center and museum. The ski patrol will use the lower level.



Girdwood, Inc

Non-profit 501 (c)(3)

P. O. Box 1102

Girdwood, AK 99587


Bring your family and friends for a visit!
You’ll be surprised what there is to learn when
you visit the Roundhouse!