There’s no time like snow time for visiting Alaska. The days may be getting shorter, but there’s lots to see and do across the state.
Now that snow is on the ground, we’re all about getting outdoors. This is the time when tour operators offer winter season specials and locals hit the slopes and trails with skis, bikes, sleds, and machines. It’s a regular FLURRY of activities! Imagine yourself cross-country skiing or snowshoeing across a frozen lake, where snow sparkles and glints like diamonds on a sunny day. Or, wax up your skis to race downhill at one of our world-class ski resorts, put on skins to work your way uphill only to telemark down fresh backcountry powder, or take a helicopter up to the mountain tops for heliskiing from remote lodges. Use pedal power to navigate your way to the face of a glacier on a fat-tire bike, connect with a provider for a dog-sled or snowmachine tour away from city lights, or, for a more relaxing time, take a winter whistle-stop train between Anchorage and Fairbanks and see the majestic Alaska Range in its winter glory. Summer isn’t the only time to go fishing in Alaska! Try “hard water” fishing – dip a line in a frozen pond for Arctic grayling or burbot. Then, after an energetic day outdoors, curl up in a cozy cabin or soak up the heat in a natural hot spring. On clear nights, be sure to keep an eye out for the northern lights – the waves of green (and sometimes red) lights of the aurora borealis dance across the sky and are truly the greatest show on earth.
Winter activities don’t all need to be outdoors – it’s also a great time to soak in Alaska’s arts and cultural offerings. Visit one of our world-class museums to learn more about Alaska history or immerse yourself in traditional and modern Alaska Native art. Attend a live performance of music or theater, then take a sleigh ride down city streets after a gourmet dinner at a local restaurant.
Adventures await you in Alaska’s winter wonderland!