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Alyeska Aerial Tram
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Creve Coeur, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2013

We went on this and paid. You can hike up the mountain on the gravel service road and ride down for free. To ride up it's $40.00/adults and $10.00 for kids. The ticket was good all day long so you could ride up and down for as long as you would like once you purchased a ticket. I am not sure what people do if they are just there for dinner. hat would suck if you had to buy $40.00 a piece tickets and then drop a load of money at the restaurant on on the mountain. The view was spectacular and the 'conductor' was extremely knowledgeable about the resort, the environment etc.

Don't think we would spend that much again, but for a one time thing it as fine. We did save some money because we used the NorthernLight coupon book which was one adult ride free with the purchase of another adult fare.

Visited June 2013
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“Good views, but nothing to do up there at this time of year”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Once you park you can get a free shuttle bus to the tramway ticket office - if they sorted out their signage you can save time waiting and actually walk, its not far at all. Most people walk back.

Its pricey to ride up, but the views are very good if you catch a clear day. However, when we visited in mid June the snow was still all around, so you can't ski and you can't hike. The ticket price should really be reduced to take this into account!

We had a nice snack meal up there, looked in the shop and that was about it.

There was a black bear down by the hotel which several fools (one with a young child) were crowding up to to get photos. Maybe they thought it was a tame one for their entertainment, but it could easily have ended in tragedy. The staff were appalled but I didn't see anyone actually taking any action.

Your pass lasts all day, so you can go up again but I'm not sure why you'd want to at this time of year.

Bit disappointing.

Visited June 2013
Thank Soozee
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“A great place for lunch and to enjoy the views.”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

We took this tram up the mountain to look around and to have some lunch. The views were incredible! It definitely is a bit colder on top of the mountain and recommend a jacket. The lunch in the cafe was very good and the view out the window was beautiful!

Visited June 2013
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Wallkill, New York
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“On a clear day you can see forever”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

The Aleska Tram is a special treat that should be saved for one of those rare, clear, warm days when you want to experience something different. You are effortlessly carried up the 2200 feet from the Hotel Alyeska to the top of one of the world's most difficult ski runs. It is a Double Black Diamond, 2200' nearly vertical plunge. Good Luck. We just went up for the view and some decent food at the ski cafe. At night, there is a very expensive, reservations required restaurant for all the beautiful people who stay at the Alyeska Hotel.

Visited June 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Nice view but no hiking access to mountain (?)”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

We stayed at the Hotel Alyeska while on a cruise tour so the tram ticket was included in our package. The adult price is $20 if purchased separately. Having been up there, I think I would have been disappointed in what I received for the price.

When we went up, all areas off of the decking were blocked off except one small area people were throwing snow balls at each other. I had hoped to do a little hiking while up there. The mountain may be open to hiking from the tram later in the season, I am not certain about that- if so, it would be well worth the $20. The 2013 spring was about 3 weeks late in Alaska, so this could have been the issue.

They offer glacier hikes from the tram as well, but they were closed during our stay (again probably due to the late spring).

Once on top, there is a restaurant, a gift shop/museum, cafe, and several viewing platforms. You can see 7 glaciers from up there in the nearby mountain passes. We spent about 30 minutes walking around the limited area and snapping a few photos.

Visited June 2013
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