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Alaska Winter Activities

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. Another classic adventure is a snowmobile tour. Just south of Anchorage in Girdwood, 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 take an authentic dogsled tour.

East of Anchorage, Valdez offers access to some of the best backcountry skiing in the world. Or, head to Juneau in Southeast, Alaska to ski the slopes at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Juneau is a short flight from Anchorage or Seattle, making it a great weekend getaway destination.

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. Or, check out of our page of suggested winter itineraries.

Need winter clothing? Here's our packing list.

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