|Ride in a dog sled.
Stand on a glacier. Ski under the northern lights. Or dine at an award-winning
restaurant. You could do it all in one day if you'd like. Or take your time
and explore the endless variety of activities, events, and adventures waiting
for you in Anchorage. Here are a few ideas for wintertime fun. |
Northern Lights Viewing
Some of the world's greatest skiers challenge themselves on Anchorage's Olympic-caliber Alpine slopes and Nordic trails. Experts and novices alike can choose from numerous scenic ski areas.
Anchorage is a cross-country skier's paradise. Whether you prefer groomed, lighted trails, or challenging backcountry routes, you'll find them everywhere! If you're a competitive skier, you already know Anchorage is among the top competitive venues in the world for Nordic skiing. In fact, the U.S. Ski Team trains at nearby Hatcher Pass and the 1994 U.S. Olympic Trials for cross-country and biathlon competitions were held in Anchorage.
Choose from three downhill ski areas within the municipality:
Alpenglow at Arctic Valley:
Good intermediate skiing and great fun for snowboarding. The area has three chairlifts, T-bar, and two pony tows. Some night skiing available. It has a ski school, rental shop, and two day-lodges with cafeteria. Information: 907-563-2524.
Just 45 minutes south of downtown, this is Alaska's Olympic-quality ski area and the site of many international skiing competitions. Serviced by a bubble-top quad lift, two fixed grip quads, three double chairlifts and two pony tows. Alyeska's slopes challenge the expert and pamper the beginner. A 60-passenger tram moves skiers and sightseers to a mountaintop facility that includes a skier's restaurant and a casual fine dining restaurant/lounge. The mountain, which has the lowest base altitude of any major ski area in the world, provides 2,890 vertical feet (867 vertical meters) of skiing. The resort features a rental shop, ski school, restaurants and shops. Snowmaking; night skiing, snowboarding, telemarking. Bus service is available from Anchorage. Information: 907-754-7669.
Hilltop Ski Area:
Designed for beginning downhill and telemark skiers, this area also attracts snowboarders with its half pipe. It's also home to the only ski jump in the area, the Karl Eid Ski Jump Complex with 15-, 40-, and 60-meter jumps. Hilltop has a double chairlift, rope tow, rentals, gift shop, ski school and restaurant/warm-up lodge. All runs lit for night skiing. Another plus, it's on municipal transit system. Information: 907-346-1446.