When thinking of Alaska, images of breathtaking landscapes and magnificent wilderness will fill your mind. Take a trip and discover untouched walks, brown bears hiding in the trees and thrilling activities.
Here are several adventurous activities you can get up to in Anchorage, Alaska during the winter period.
Are you hoping to go dogsledding during your trip? Visit Anchorage where you can see awe-inspiring glaciers and get a gorgeous view ofthe snow-covered grounds whilst gliding along. Engage in a fully interactive experience where you can stand and command your own dog sled team or sit back, relax and let them take you along.
Enjoy a scenic drive and short helicopter ride to the wherethe dogs are lovingly cared for and looked after. Enjoy a tour of the kennels and meet some of the puppies in training, before you find yourself in control of a fast-moving sled. You’ll travel down winding mountain passes and acrossopen stretches of land in the heart of Alaska.
Skiing & Snowboarding
During the winter season, you can expect the country to be covered in a blanket of snow, creating the perfect conditions for skiing and snowboarding. Anchorage allows you to experience some of the most exciting slopes, whether you’re a snowboarding beginner or advanced skier.
On arrival, you’ll find yourself surrounded by tall mountains with steep slopes, incredible views and different terrains that cater for all types of adventure-seekers. Throughout the month of December, you can expectseveral hours of sunlight a day, meaning there’s plenty of time for you to experience a few different slopes. Keep an eye out for the Olympic slopes that have hosted various medallists.
The vast amount of snowfall each year means Anchorage isalso an amazing place for snowshoeing. This municipality has a wide variety of hiking trails, plenty of wildlife to see and spectacular scenery you’ll want to capture with your camera.
After hiring out your snowshoes, layering up and choosing the level of trail to complete, it’s time to get going on your adventure. There’ll be plenty of opportunities for you to catch a glimpse of a moose or hare, so ensure your eyes are peeled. A good trail for beginners is in the Eagle River Nature Center, where you’ll get to see frozen waterfalls and dramatic cliff sides.
Stargazing & The Northern Lights
If you’re on the hunt for the best place and time forstargazing, visit Alaska during the winter for picture-perfect views. Kincaid Park is just outside the city, so there’s less light pollution, providing you with a better chance of seeing the constellations.
If you’re lucky, you may see the Aurora Borealis on a clear, dark night. You’ll get an amazing sight from where Chester Creek runs through aseries of parks. Stick to the designated trails and stop at the various observation points to make the most of the illuminated sky.
You may feel cycling is more of a summertime hobby, but Anchorage (and many other Alaskan cities) buzz with cyclists during the winter period. Wide-tire bikes mean there’s no need to worry about slipping and sliding on the snow and studded-tires are provided when taking on a snow-covered trail.
During your ride, you’ll get stunning views of the landscape and get a brief look at the wildlife. If you want to challenge yourself, why not join one of the winter events like ‘The Frosty Bottom’ or ‘Big Fat Ride’? Here, you’ll ride straight through the city centre with a group of cycling enthusiasts.
Fancy booking a trip to Alaska this winter? Contact us via our website or call us on 0800 021 3237 to book now. Alternatively, you can visit our Framlingham, Woodbridge or Ipswich Travel Agents to speak to a member of our team.