majority of visitors come to Alaska during the summer months, but Alaska's
winters are also full of opportunity.
There are several spectacular activities available in the winter - many
of them completely unique experiences.
The Aurora Borealis is one of the
most spectacular of nature's phenomena, described as flickering curtains of dancing light against dark skies. If you are traveling during fall, and the evening sky is clear, keep an eye out
for the Aurora's, commonly referred to as the "Northern Lights". Better yet, plan a more specialized
tour to Alaska during winter to observe the lights. The Northern Lights are typically visible
throughout the state from about the third week of September through the third
week of March. Higher latitudes
correspond to a better opportunity for viewing the Aurora's. For this reason,
most aurora viewing programs are planned for the Fairbanks area.
"official" state sport, dog mushing, brings visitors
from all around the world to Alaska. While summer dog mushing programs are available, winter snow conditions
provide the best opportunity to experience this ancient tradition. Annual event races include the World
Championship Sled Dog Races and the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, both of which take
place on consecutive weekends in late February/early March. The Yukon Quest is another annual dog mushing
race that travels between Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska each
you will find a brief list of other annual winter events that you might
consider planning a winter Alaska program around:
- the most popular sporting event in Alaska! - First full weekend in March
Rendezvous Festival - takes place the full 10 days leading up to the start of
Championship Sled Dog Races (part of Fur Rendezvous Festival) - last weekend in
Iron Dog, the ‘World's Longest, Toughest Snowmobile Race' - end of February
Spring Carnival and Slush Cup - end of April
Ice Art Championship - Last week in February thru March
Quest - Race begins first Saturday in February, alternates starting in
Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska each year.
Solstice Celebration - December 21
Winter Carnival - end of February through end of March
also compiled a list of sample winter programs to help get the conversations
started. Please take a look and if you
see something of interest, feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing more about you so we can modify one of these programs to better suit your specific needs.