Alaskans don't hibernate like bears; they embrace winter. It is a time when the fun begins, and you're officially invited. Whether you desire quiet white solitude or adventurous activities and events, Alaska has it all, from wildlife to nightlife.
You may be surprised to find out that you’re as tough as most Alaskans. It’s neither as dark nor as cold as you might expect. Winter brings 6-13 hours of daylight, depending on where you are, sandwiched between a ton of twilight on one end and endless dawns on the other. And with average temperatures around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, winter enthusiasts can enjoy Alaska in complete comfort with the right outdoor clothing. Alaska starts rapidly gaining daylight in the early spring, which is when dozens of festivals and events take place. Several major winter events bring visitors from around the world to Alaska. With all there is to do and see, and prices lower than in the busier summer months, it’s the perfect time to experience Alaska’s winter wonderland.
Some of the more popular and iconic winter experiences include dog mushing, Northern Lights viewing, snowboarding and skiing (Nordic and Alpine), snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and sports and cultural events. Combine that with fantastic, locally owned restaurants, museums and cultural centers, shopping and locally crafted beer and other spirits, and you have a recipe for an incomparable winter experience.
Check out our links to specific activities and the events calendar to help plan your Alaska trip and connect with hotels, tour operators and other travel suppliers.