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No question: winter in Alaska is colder and darker than summer. But that doesn’t mean the state shuts down—at all. In fact, some of Alaska’s most amazing experiences happen in winter. Like what? Well, if you come to Anchorage, you can check out the world-famous Iditarod dog race and take a dogsled tour yourself. Skiers can access the state’s best resort, Alyeska. Then fly or take the train up to the other big winter destination—Fairbanks—to see the dramatic Northern Lights or time it right to check out the World Ice Art Championship.
Still, winter in Alaska isn’t summer. Most visitors coming this time of year spend a week at most. If you do want to come, see below for our list of winter’s greatest hits.
Steer a snowmobile across the frozen Alaskan tundra; it's a fun, heart-pounding way to explore rivers, glaciers, and more
Alaska has some of the most challenging ski areas in the world as well a gentle slopes for beginners. Here are the best ski areas in the state
Cross-country skiing is a quiet, peaceful way to explore Alaska. Here are the spots that offer groomed as well as backcountry trails
Ice skating always makes for a fun winter outing. Here's where to find Alaska's best outdoor ice-skating rinks
Meet Iditarod racers and their dogs; hear what the race is really like, and even go for a dog sled ride through a winter wonderland
Find out more about Northern Lights and Aurora Borealis in Alaska, and what you need to know to make your viewing trip a success