The Roundhouse at Alyeska Museum
Only mountain top museum in the state of Alaska. The Roundhouse sits 2,280 feet above sea level. It's distinctive octagonal shape first served as a warming hut, later as a popular gathering place. Over 50 years ago, 11 Girdwood residents passed the hat, raised enough money to purchase what became the land base for a major ski area. They formed the Alyeska Ski Corporation and developed a ski area that was small in assets but big in promise. They did it because they understood that the Valley’s future lay in its golden slopes. They found a French Baron who shared their dream. Francois de Gunzburg installed a poma lift, built ski trails, a day lodge and ordered Chair 1, a 5,700-foot double chairlift that rose 2,000 vertical feet. The upper terminus of the chairlift became known as the Roundhouse. Today, the Roundhouse symbolizes the importance of outdoor recreation to this Valley’s legacy, much like Crow Creek Mine serves as an icon of the Valley’s golden past.