Traverse Alaska creates custom tours in the Denali National Park area that allow travelers to enjoy the magic of Alaska at their own pace. The company’s summertime offerings focus on private, custom experiences near the Park and across Alaska. Recently, they’ve expanded their calendar with winter itineraries including iconic Alaskan cold-weather activities in Southcentral and Interior Alaska. After all, Alaska in winter is a very special time of year—quieter, full of snow-frosted trees, and frozen snow-covered ground creates an outdoor playground in every direction. With the support of trained local guides, it can truly be a transformative experience.
Multi-Day Denali Winter Adventure
This 3-day, 2-night guided adventure runs out of Tonglen Lake Lodge, a gorgeous, private getaway, just 7 miles south of the Denali National Park entrance, with all meals included. It’s a great way to experience the area’s quiet solitude and breathtaking winter views, with knowledgeable local guides.
You’ll fly into Anchorage (5 hours away) or Fairbanks (2.5 hours away) and your guides will drive you to the lodge, where you’ll settle in to one of the B&B-style rooms. Your first day may be spent winter hiking from Tonglen Lake or trying your hand at ice bowling. After your private chef prepares dinner, step onto the deck and look for the northern lights. The next day, choose to go dog sledding with a local musher, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or stopping by the Denali winter visitor center. Bring the winter gear you own, and Traverse Alaska will provide the rest. Is 3 days not enough? Stay longer!
Intimate Iditarod Experience
Discover what it’s really like to run the Iditarod Sled Dog Race on this 8-day trip that finishes with VIP access at the starting line of the famous race! You’ll begin in Fairbanks and spend two days getting to know one of the racing teams, their dogs, as well as checking out the World Ice Art Championships. You’ll then head to Denali National Park, where you’ll have the opportunity to run your own team of dogs surrounded by stunning views of the Talkeetna Mountains and Alaska Range.
You won’t be mushing the whole time, though. You’ll have the opportunity to try outdoor activities like snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, followed by relaxing by the fire at your private lodge at Tonglen Lake, as your chef prepares delicious home-cooked meals. Then you’ll head to Anchorage and get an insider’s look at the world of mushing by attending the Mushers Banquet and dining with Iditarod mushers. Then it’s time for the race! You’ll have VIP passes and literally lend a hand with the dogs for the Iditarod’s ceremonial start, in addition to Willow for the race’s re-start before heading back to Anchorage.
About Traverse Alaska
Traverse Alaska is a small company based in Denali Park, Alaska comprised of local, professional adventure enthusiasts. All guides live in Alaska year-round pursuing the myriad activities that the changing seasons afford. Their mission is to provide excellent quality service while inspiring a connection to the natural world through human powered adventure. They believe in using solid, functional equipment to assist in their adventures, and safety remains a top priority in any endeavor. The custom designed trips focus on deep exploration and education, giving clients the opportunity to experience true, wild freedom at their own, unique pace.