The Swoops!

At our summer board meeting, Girdwood Alliance decided to take action regarding ”the swoops.” Over the past few weeks, we helped move motions through Trails Committee and Land Use for GBOS to pass a resolution regarding applying for Community Transportation Program funds, which passed with GBOS support on 8/19/2019. Within days, Girdwood Alliance arranged for top officials with DOT to meet us on the bike path and walk the swoops. It was very productive! Multiple members of Girdwood Alliance were present (Chair – Eric Fullerton, Board member & GBOS – Mike Edgington, Executive Director – Krystal Hoke, Advocate/Member – Dave Parish) alongside Kyle Kelley (MOA/GVSA). In the next 4-6 weeks, we should see an agreement come together for signage to be present ON the bike path to deter vehicles from driving in it. It was agreed the path swoops will be pushed back further from the Edge of the Traveled Way. New painting and stenciling is in the future. The CTP funds should reap a long term solution. Excited to see a safer bike path for all to enjoy!

Girdwood Alliance Mountain Music Festival Video

The day the stars aligned and we were gifted with no wind, warm sunset and great music at 2300 FT. If you didn’t make Mountain Music Festival, sounds like we are on for next year! Watch the video and find out what you missed. If you attended and enjoyed the event, please consider donating at www.GirdwoodAlliance.org – Thank you for coming!!!

Special thanks to Alyeska Resort & Staff (way to make it happen!)

Past Our Prime, The Jangle Bees

Chugach Powder Guides VPWdesigns Ralph Kristopher, Ken Kessler, Cody Keim, Karen Toohey – Photos/Video

Mountain Music Festival – August 24 2019

Support your community and show up!

Come join us AUGUST 24 2019 from 5-9 PM for LIVE MUSIC at the TOP OF THE TRAM! Enjoy live bands play outdoors (weather permitting) or inside the Boretide! Alyeska Resort has generously donated half of all tram ticket sales for this date toward Girdwood Alliance! Tram up for $32 or HIKE UP for FREE! Hope to see you there!

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Girdwood Recreation “Wild & Free” Video

Thank you for coming to watch the full video at our website! As one of our 3 pillars, recreation is a big deal in our small town.

We need your help making the video the best it can be! If you have an image of you or your family enjoying Girdwood’s beautiful recreation, please send us a note in the form below or email files directly to executivedirector@girdwoodalliance.org

In the mean time, click play below to see what we have so far. What is missing? What can you add? Please turn in your images to share with Girdwood Alliance!

Girdwood Alliance – Letter to the Editor

June 12, 2019 Featured on: Glacier City Gazette

To the Editor,

For two decades, a group of dedicated volunteers have been watching over Girdwood’s interests and navigating the fabric of Alaska politics. Initially established as Girdwood 2020, the organization’s board is made up of over 20 individuals with various backgrounds and expertise, and one similar characteristic: a strong passion for Girdwood as a mountain resort community and a great place to live. The group meets regularly throughout the year, addressing the challenges and needs of our community.

The organization was the brainchild of Chris Von Imhof and a small group of passionate Girdwoodians, who recognized that Girdwood was a growing mountain resort community that needed a strong voice to address community infrastructure with an eye towards the community’s future needs. In more recent years, Diana Livingston was the center point and lifeblood of this organization. Diana worked closely with other community organizations and community members in seeking funding for community projects like the Girdwood Public Library and Community Room and the restoration of the historic Alyeska Roundhouse.

Throughout the years, Girdwood 2020 has been a critical partner in development of the Girdwood playground, utility improvements, the Girdwood Nordic ski trails, significant improvements to the Alyeska Highway and bike path, and a tireless advocate for improvements and safety on the Seward Highway.

Passing lanes and highway improvements are a direct result of Girdwood 2020s pressure on State of Alaska/Dept. of Transportation to make the highway safer for Girdwood residents and visitors alike. Just this year, Girdwood 2020 successfully lobbied the Alaska Department of Transportation to include an improved intersection at the Tesoro as part of the Mile 79 Seward Highway improvements.

Like all things, organizations evolve. Moving forward, Girdwood 2020 continues under the new name of Girdwood Alliance to advocate for the Girdwood community. Girdwood Alliance Board Members agree Girdwood is a unique, special place, and is dedicated to having a voice in the community needs as they change and grow. Girdwood Alliance’s name best reflects today’s challenges and the collaboration needed now and in the future.

Last month, Girdwood Alliance Board Members approved a new Executive Director, Krystal Hoke, to advance their Mission “Advocating for Girdwood’s People, Infrastructure and Recreation.” Girdwood Alliance maintains the Vision of “A Sustainable Mountain Resort Community with a High Quality of Life” and showcases this mission and vision at its well-known annual banquet, both a fundraiser and an outreach to state and local officials, Girdwood Alliance’s members, and community supporters.

Aside from infrastructure and safety projects, Girdwood Alliance has lent support and guidance to the popular Lecture Series, a collaboration with Girdwood, Inc. with several lectures that have important tie-ins to life in Girdwood highlight Girdwood’s residents and people and organizations from out of town that have unique perspectives on communities with high life qualities. Additionally, Girdwood Alliance is engaged with the Girdwood Area Plan and stands ready to advocate for the completion of the plan while addressing the needs that the plan brings to light.

The sun may be setting on Girdwood 2020, but Girdwood Alliance continues bright, energized, and advocating for the people and businesses of Girdwood, along with the unique and special way of life that we all enjoy for many more years to come. We welcome your input and comments by reaching out through our website www.girdwoodalliance.org.

DNR Permitting Change – Last Day of Public Comment

Girdwood Alliance is opposed to the proposed changes in the DNR Permitting Process for the following primary reasons:

  • The proposed regulations do not adhere to the Turnagain Arm Management Plan, a community led document that outlines the approved uses of the Turnagain Arm area. 
  • The 5 year duration of a permit is not long enough to encourage appropriate investment in the area and should be extended. 
  • Relying simply on a “high bidder” model for these permits ignores critical areas of importance for recreation and appropriate stewardship of the area, and is not in the state’s or our valley’s best interest. 

Click here to read the full document regarding the permit change.

If you agree with one or more of the comments above, feel free to copy/paste them and email them to: dnr.permitting.regulation@alaska.gov

Imagine! Girdwood

Girdwood Area Plan and Four Valleys Community School held a co-sponsored event at Girdwood School on 4/29/2019.

The Girdwood Area plan commissioned a survey with over 600 respondents. 7 new questions were created based off the survey results. Nearly 100 people were voting with digital clickers, for near instantaneous results. Here are some screen shots captured of the results.

The survey results provide a general direction of what people would like to see in Girdwood.

Click here to watch video of event direct on Facebook.

Eric Fullerton kicked off the town hall style meeting.