January 2013

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   Submitted By: Michel Hammann — Hubbard Glacier
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Anchorage and Surrounding Area
This itinerary for travel from Anchorage to Girdwood and back boasts four days full of winter fun and adventure. Start your trip in Anchorage, Alaska's largest metropolitan settlement and the melting pot of all Alaska's cultures and traditions. You can do almost anything out of Anchorage or within a short drive. Check out the exhibits on Alaska's Native communities at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center or the Alaska Native Heritage Center; hit the trails cross country skiing; and dine to your heart's desire in one or several excellent restaurants.



Rosey Fletcher is one Alaskan who has made a career of embracing winter. An Olympic snowboarder and lover of the outdoors, Fletcher has spent many years on snow-covered slopes around the world to practice her skiing and snowboarding skills, but always loves coming back to Girdwood for a good cup of coffee and the hometown hospitality that the resort community offers.

To get the inside scoop from Rosey on her favorite places and things to do in Girdwood and Anchorage
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Spotlight 49: Winter Events and Festivals

Alaska is a state full of extremes — extreme climate, extreme jobs, extreme sports and extremely fun events. It is the place where people come to test their skills, ambition and sense of adventure; they come to experience the landscape, weather, wildlife and wealth of cultures; and it’s home to some of the most exciting, fun and fascinating events and festivals in the country.

Every month brings with it a variety of notable activities that will liven and warm the spirit. Winter events in Alaska run the gamut from extreme sporting competitions to stunning artistic showcases and festivals calling to the senses.

Sporting events
Alaska is synonymous with winter sports - from slow and mellow Nordic skiing to extreme, fast-paced alpine skiing or snowmobile competitions. The state's unique terrain makes for some of the best alpine events in the world. Alaska's Chugach Mountains attract freeride skiers eager to carve lines into the fresh snow every March for the Flow Tailgate Alaska event in Thompson Pass, just outside of Valdez. The 10-day festival of snow education, avalanche and survival training and freeride skiing is complemented with music, beer gardens, food trucks and the company of fellow snow enthusiasts. In April, as melting ice turns to slush, the world-renown Alyeska Resort celebrates...

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Cross country skier