Where you go
There are many things to see and do in Alaska in the winter. Many
guests put together tours that cover a number of different winter
activities. Anchorage is a great starting point for people that would
like to combine skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding trips.
March and early
April are a great time to come to Alaska for a winter vacation. The
weather has moderated from its winter lows, and airline tickets,
lodging and attractions are generally less expensive than other times
of the year.
The first weekend in March is the start of the
Iditarod Sled Dog Race,
a 1000 mile race from Anchorage to Nome. Dog mushers from all over the
world come to compete in the most prestigious event in the dog world.
It is a great time for spectators, too, with parties, balls, festival
events, as well as the race itself. Spectators come from far and wide,
and many will "chase the race", flying from checkpoint, and ending up
in Nome for the finish.
of the checkpoints along the way are world class wilderness
lodges, with gourmet food, fantastic
lodging, and world-class hospitality. You can combine a Chase
the Race tour with any one of a number of winter activities,
including downhill or cross-country skiing, snowmobiling,
snowshoeing, dog mushing and
northern lights viewing. And then, there's always sitting by a nice
If dog racing isn't your thing, perhaps a trip to witness nature's
spectacular light show is in order. The best time to see the Aurora
Borealis, or northern lights, is in the spring months, from late
February to early April. Earlier in the year, it is generally quite
cold, and while the northern lights may be visible, many guests prefer
to be inside near the fire, rather than standing outside looking at
the sky. And in the fall, when it is generally warmer, it is also
often cloudy, so seeing the northern lights then can be hit-or-miss.
Of course, the summer would be perfect,
except that the midnight sun keeps the northern lights from being
viewed from late April through August.
Alaska is spectacular in the winter, with everything coated with
snow. Snowmobile trips can take you to spots in the backcountry
that you can’t reach otherwise.
Multi-day dog sledding tours give guests a taste of Alaska as it was
100 years ago, traveling from cabin to cabin by dog sled. The northern
lights are a sight you’ll never forget, with shimmering sheets of
green, purple, blue and red stretching and dancing across the sky. And
to top it all off, you can watch them from the cozy, steamy seat of a
hot tub at one of Alaska’s hot springs. In March, you can watch the
start of the world’s most famous dog sled races, the Iditarod.
What You Bring –
For many of the more specialized trips, tour
operators provide the necessary cold weather gear for your
visit. For others, guests will need to have high quality winter
clothing. When purchasing winter clothing for your visit to
Alaska, you should seek out stores and retailers that specialize
in such winter gear. Many retailers in other parts of the
United States do not carry or have the necessary knowledge to
advise you on the proper items for your visit.
If you visit in February or March, the weather has
moderated to the point that the winter weather you’re likely to
experience will be not too different than what you’re used to at home.
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