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Your Winter Guide to Alaska

Due to the frigid temperatures, winter typically isn’t thought of as a great time to visit Alaska. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! Regardless of your hobbies or interests, there are winter activities in Alaska for everyone. Keep reading to learn a few of the top attractions and activities during the winter:

  • Ice fishing: River fishing is a must-do activity in the summer, but ice fishing is king in the winter. You can usually ice fish from mid-November through March. Consider booking a guided tour for an easier and more relaxing experience.
  • Ice skating: Going ice skating at your local ice rink doesn’t compare to ice skating in the great outdoors. Portage Lake is just over an hour from Anchorage and offers incredible glacial views while you skate.
  • Dog mushing: No Alaskan winter guide would be complete without dog mushing. This is an activity the whole family can participate in—just be sure to bundle up! The dogs are surprisingly fast, and the wind can be quite cold.
  • Snowmobiling tours: For another fast way to see the natural beauty of Alaska, consider taking a snowmobile tour across the countryside. Snowmobile tours range in price as well as duration—many companies offer partial-day or multi-day tours. However long you’re willing to ride, you’re sure to have a good time.
  • Downhill skiing: Alaska has seven world-class ski resorts offering great snow all winter long. Three resorts, including Alyeska, are located under an hour from Anchorage. Try backcountry heli-skiing if you’re really up for a thrill!
  • Cross-country skiing: If downhill skiing or snowboarding sounds a little too intense, consider exploring Alaska on cross-country skis. Alaska has trails for all skill levels and provides a quiet and peaceful way to experience the state.
  • Northern Lights tours: You’ve probably seen photos or videos of the Northern Lights, but trust us when we say the pictures don’t do it justice! Winter is the best time to view the Northern Lights, but you can see them as early as September or as late as April.
  • Flightseeing tours: A flightseeing tour, or a tour via airplane or helicopter, is a popular activity all year long, but it’s one of the top winter activities in Alaska due to the breathtaking landscapes and convenience. Instead of driving down snowy roads, just let your professional pilot fly you safely over the mountains and glaciers.
  • Fat tire bike rentals: To see the terrain on the ground while getting a little exercise, rent a fat tire bike. Thanks to their wide tires, these bicycles can travel on top of snowy trails with ease. Opt to take a guided tour to get the most out of your cycling adventure.

Visit in the summer for fishing expeditions

If nothing in our Alaskan winter guide sounds quite right for you—or if you just don’t want to brave the cold temperatures—come to Alaska in the summer months and go fishing. Booking a fishing expedition with Phantom Tri-River Charters is guaranteed fun for the whole family! Contact us today to book your reservation for next summer.