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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 with Salmon Berry Tours. Salmon Berry Tours also offers overnight and multi-day Northern Lights Excursions. Another classic adventure is a snowmobile tour for beginners or experienced riders. You can even zipline in Talkeetna in February & March!

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 at Bill Cotter's Sled Dog Kennel. 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.

Need winter clothing? Here's our packing list. Or, rent it from Alaska Outdoor Gear Outfitter & Rentals!

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