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Girdwood Snowmobiling Tours

Touring by “snowmachine” (what Alaskans call snowmobiles) is one of the most enjoyable ways to experience Alaska in winter. In the early season (generally mid-November through January), book the Scenic Mountain Tour with Glacier City Snowmobile Tours; you’ll ride beneath massive, 7,000-foot glaciated peaks through the historical mining area of Crow Pass and cross the famous Iditarod Trail. Or ride through legendary Turnagain Pass with Alaska Wild Guides to see historic cabins, mining ruins, and towering mountains.

Later in winter (once the U.S. Forest Service permits), both companies can take you on a ride through the forest and over a glacial lake (sometimes studded with icebergs frozen in place) to the bright blue face of Spencer Glacier. Enjoy a hot meal and beverage, then explore the ice caves if it’s safe to do so. To spend a few days out on the trail, ask either company about their multi-day tours.

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Snowmobiling Tours

$310+ 5-6 hours (day trip) or 4-10 days (multi-day)

Explore Alaska’s back­coun­try astride a speedy and fun snow­ma­chine. Alas­ka Wild Guides will take you out for one thrilling day, or for sev­er­al days of exhil­a­rat­ing adven­ture. Find hid­den ice caves and remote glac­i­ers while nav­i­gat­ing along frozen rivers and through deep powder.

Season: Mid-November to mid-April $275+ 3.5+ hrs

Hop aboard an eco-friend­ly snow­mo­bile in Gird­wood and ride on groomed trails beneath mas­sive, 7,000-foot glaciat­ed peaks or vis­it the daz­zling blue ice of Spencer Glac­i­er. Or, head north of Anchor­age for a trail ride through mid-alpine black spruce forests. No expe­ri­ence nec­es­sary, all gear pro­vid­ed, and warm bev­er­ages and snacks included.