New additions coming to the Alyeska Hotel and Resort
Alyeska Hotel and Resort was bought by Pomeroy Lodging in December 2018, and it has been operating under the new ownership as of this summer. Now, the newly managed hotel and resort is prepping for its first winter ski season.
Ryan Pomeroy, of Pomeroy Lodging, admits the company has never operated a ski resort, but says he’s had help learning the ropes. Last winter, the hotel was run by the previous owner, and Channel 2 confirmed Monday that the same staff who operated the ski resort portion of the facility last year will continue to remain in place during the 2019-2020 winter season.
In the meantime, Pomeroy also announced some new additions and ideas the new owner has for the resort, concepts Pomeroy believe will help make the experience at the Girdwood staple more enjoyable and potentially lead to growth in the long run.
“We’ve come to understand this better the longer we’ve been here; that it really is part of the fabric of the local community,” Pomeroy said.
Pomeroy says the company plans on renovating many of the older areas of the facility and coming up with things that visitors can enjoy year-round.
One addition, coming in the fall of 2020, is a new Nordic Spa, which Pomeroy says has proven successful at one of the company’s hotels in Alberta, Canada.
As far as the plans at the Girdwood resort, “that is probably one of the larger projects in scale,” he acknowledged.
Pomeroy touts the planned spa as an opportunity to detoxify and rejuvenate the body, by putting it through a hot-cold cycle. First, you relax in either a sauna or hot tub, followed by a warm pool, then a plunge into a much cooler pool, and finally, a rest by the campfire or an insulated hammock.
“The majority of the facilities are based in nature, so the steam rooms, the hot tubs, the saunas, the relaxation space – it’s all outdoors,” he said.