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Alaska Snowmobiling Tours

Want to explore Alaska’s winter backcountry in warm clothing while riding a swift machine? Encounter browsing moose in the forest or spy wolf tracks on the tundra? Or maybe travel to the face of a glacier riddled with stunning blue caves and crevasses? Book a snowmobile adventure!

Touring by “snowmachine” (what Alaskans call snowmobiles!) is one of the most enjoyable ways to experience the Last Frontier during winter. After freeze-up and snowfall, a trail network gets packed, tracing hundreds of miles of routes that are often groomed. Remote locations and rugged terrain can actually become more accessible during winter. No other mode combines the speed and efficiency of traveling by vehicle with the up-close intimacy of spending time deep in the snowy wilderness.

Alaska snowmobile guides specialize in introducing newcomers to the sport and love to host out-of-state visitors. Trips range from a few hours on local trails to all-day rides to multi-day excursions. The tour companies listed below typically provide full winter gear that includes boots, clothing and helmets, ensuring that you will be warm and comfortable while underway. The snowmobiles are usually luxury models with heated handlebars and secure seats, both powerful and reliable. You will be fully checked out before you embark. It’s fun—and family friendly!

And it’s also authentically Alaskan. Snowmachines serve as essential tools for transportation in hundreds of off-road communities all winter, used by everyone from school children to subsistence hunters. Riders from Anchorage, Fairbanks and parts between spend weekends riding for fun across mountain ranges, up river valleys and across sweeping tundra. It’s probably the state’s most popular winter recreation.

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Snowmobiling Tours

Snow­ma­chines are part of the fab­ric of life in places like Nome, where snow­fall clos­es the roads to cars and trucks for months on end. Snow­ma­chines serve a prac­ti­cal role, trans­port­ing peo­ple and sup­plies. They also allow for back­coun­try explo­ration in win­ter — and are sure fun to race! 

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Fairbanks View All

Safe snowmobiling tours for first-timers • Winter wildlife viewing

$120+ per person 1 - 2 hours

Join Alas­ka Wildlife Guide on a once in a life­time adven­ture as you snow­mo­bile through forests, over frozen lakes, view var­i­ous wildlife, lis­ten to fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries and meet the world-famous Bison, Cowie.

$139+ 1 hr to full day

Plunge into a win­ter won­der­land of spruce forests, wide open spaces and wildlife. This snow­mo­bile tour in North Pole (just out­side of Fair­banks) offers an unpar­al­leled peek at Alaska’s inte­ri­or and a seri­ous thrill, whether you take a first-timer’s tour or embark on an overnight adventure.

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Mat-Su Valley View All

Just over an hour north of Anchorage

$150+ 3 hrs

Feel the thrill of explor­ing the Alaskan wilder­ness while dri­ving your own snow­mo­bile over the tun­dra, look­ing for wildlife and tak­ing in amaz­ing views. And on a clear day you’ll get an amaz­ing view of Denali.

Season: Nov 15 to Apr 04 $255+ Half Day, Full Day, Multi-Day

Own­ers Mat­ti and Dan can­not think of a bet­ter way to appre­ci­ate Alas­ka than shar­ing it with oth­ers. Mat­ti was born and raised in Palmer, Alas­ka and has been on snow­ma­chines most of her life. Alas­ka Back­coun­try Adven­tures offers mild to wild” expe­ri­ences and prides itself on pro­vid­ing a cus­tomized expe­ri­ence for all lev­els of abil­i­ty. It offers the widest vari­ety of expe­di­tions on the lat­est and great­est equipment.

$200+ 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. 

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Girdwood View All

Just an hour south of Anchorage

Season: Dec 01 to Apr 20 $255+ 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.

$200+ 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. 

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