Official State of Alaska Vacation and Travel Information

 
Menu
Southcentral Snow Tour
Southcentral Snow Tour
cross country skiing

Anchorage, Palmer, Valdez

Alaska’s top winter festival, the Fur Rendezvous, is paired with unparalleled outdoor recreation in the state’s snow capital, Valdez.

Day 1 – Anchorage

Time your visit to take advantage of Anchorage’s liveliest winter festival – the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, held the last week of February. Spend your first day taking in Fur Rondy events like the snow sculptures, an Alaska Native arts market and carnival rides and games. The first weekend features the World Championship Sled Dog Race, which departs and finishes in downtown Anchorage.

Day 2 – Anchorage-Palmer

Make the short 40-mile drive north to the Mat-Su Valley for stunning scenery and recreation at Hatcher Pass. Once home to a booming gold mine, the area is a popular destination for sledding, snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling. On your way back, stop for a bite in Palmer, a former New Deal-era agricultural colony filled with interesting history. Or head over to Wasilla and visit the headquarters of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race before heading back to Anchorage.

Day 3 – Valdez

Fly to Valdez, a true winter city that is annually blanketed in more than 300 inches of snow. Check out the Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, with exhibits that reflect the history of Valdez, the Copper River Valley and Prince William Sound from the earliest days, when Alaska Natives first occupied the area, to the present day.

Day 4 – Valdez

Get out in the surrounding coastal mountains on a full-day guided snowmobile adventure in the area’s legendary powder. After a heart-pounding day exploring the great outdoors, feast on locally caught salmon or halibut at one of Valdez’ many restaurants.

Day 5 – Anchorage

Fly back to Anchorage and check out local museums and shopping options. Enjoy an evening out for live local music and locally crafted beers and distilled spirits.

 

ATIA_denal_TAL1_revised2013_180x150 HAL Bears SHS FB Winter

Vacation Guide

Official Alaska Vacation PlannerRequest your free official State of Alaska vacation planner.

Order a Copy

Alaska Gallery

Alaska Image GalleryView our photos of Alaska ranging from wildlife to relaxing life.

View Photos

Travel Specials

Alaska Tour & Travel
GREAT DEALS ON ALASKA ACTIVITIES AT ALASKATRAVEL.COM

Alaska Travel Specials