Looking into Alaska Winter travel this year? Though our Winter season may seem like a daunting time to visit, Alaska has so much to offer, especially to active adventurers! While temperatures vary depending on which part of the state you are visiting, there is a warmth within seeing the beauty during Alaska Winter travels. From endless peaks of snowy mountains to magical Northern Lights, Alaska Winter travel is a time to explore and spend time outdoors.
Alaska Winter Travel Months: December- April
Location: Girdwood, Alaska
If you’re a skiing enthusiast, then Alaska Winter Travel is ideal for you! From Anchorage, it’s just a quick 20 minute drive to Alyeska Ski Resort! Here, you’ll get the chance to adventure on the slopes, explore nordic ski trails, enjoy fine dining and drinks at the peak, and not to mention, relax in the Nordic Spa! Additionally, this all-inclusive ski resort is situated in Girdwood, locally known for it’s ski town vibe, local dining and shopping, and best of all, being a melting pot for fun adventurers!
Alaska Winter Travel Months: October- April
Locations: Homer and Seward
Fishing is one of our all-time favorite things to do during the Winter season! Not only are you beating the seasonal crowds that Summer brings, you also get the chance to fish for Winter King Salmon fishing during the peak of their feeding runs. If you’re an avid angler like we are, then nothing excites you more than fighting a hearty king salmon and bringing home the freshest fillets! PLUS, non-residents now get to enjoy crabbing for Tanners!
Alaska Winter Travel Months: October- April
Locations: Anchorage, Girdwood, Kenai, Seward and Homer
There’s something to say about walking on a trail and breathing fresh morning air on a snowy day! The quietness and beauty in everything lying dormant. Which brings us to another popular adventure to explore when in Alaska this Winter- hiking and trailing! Alaska offers some of the most beautiful hiking opportunities AND it’s a free adventure to embark upon! With plenty of local areas to get outdoors, you’ll be adventuring in no time and with little effort!
When planning your Alaska Winter travel vacation, there are lots of factors to consider. Where to fly into? What cities to visit? Are roads accessible and safe? These are all normal and necessary things to consider and plan for. Below are some local tips to take into consideration.
Alaska Flight Planning
There are two major cities in which you can fly into commercially- Anchorage and Fairbanks. From here, you can rent a vehicle to travel around or hop on a Ravn Air flight to smaller towns you wish to visit! Our recommendation would be to rent a vehicle and make the drive. By doing so, this allows you to explore local areas that flights cannot venture to. Additionally, this option gives you flexibility to explore more once you arrive at your destination.
Winter Cities to Visit in Alaska
Skiing and Snowboarding: Anchorage and Girdwood
Northern Lights: Fairbanks (most popular), Anchorage, Girdwood, Homer and Seward
Fishing and crabbing: Homer (most popular) and Seward
Hiking and Trails: Anchorage, Girdwood, Kenai, Seward, or Homer
Alaska Winter Road Conditions
While roads in the Winter can definitely be snowy and icy, rest assured they are well maintained! We are used to Winter conditions and the safety of all travelers is essential. We always recommend driving cautiously, as wildlife is still a large factor that cannot be controlled. If you are not used to Winter driving conditions, it’s best to ensure you take your time while exploring by planning for extra time to travel to and from activities. Lastly, you want to make sure the vehicle you rent is properly fitted for Winter driving with appropriate tires, proper fluids, and clean exterior lights.
Getting outdoors and exploring is what Alaska is all about in the Winter! If this suits your adventure style, then Alaska Winter travel is a great option to explore! With plenty of fishing, hiking, skiing, and wildlife viewing opportunities, your vacation is bound to be an exciting one. While here, don’t forget to make the time to see Alaska’s beautiful views of the Northern Lights!
For more information or additional questions, feel free to reach out to us at any time!
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