Winter Sports in Alaska

dog_sled_380In the winter we all struggle to stay active. Everybody just wants to curl up in their warm homes, drink hot chocolate and watch a movie. However, there are just as many activities in the winter as there are in the summer. If you stay inside all winter long you will be missing out on so much. There are so many sports and activities that can only be done in the winter, or when there is snow, so why miss out? There are specifically some cool things to do in Alaska in the winter. If you don’t believe us, here is a list of the coolest (literally and figuratively) winter sports that you can do in Alaska.


  • Snowboarding/Skiing: Whether you prefer snowboarding or skiing it doesn’t matter, there are some amazing slopes to experience in Alaska. Not to mention the views are absolutely incredible. You can either ski at a resort or in the “backcountry.” Backcountry skiing and snowboarding are where you will really experience views as you are on natural slopes and in the wilderness.
  • Snowshoeing: Don’t like flying down a crazy slope, dodging trees and other obstacles? That is okay, you are not alone and you can still experience the beauty that is Alaska. Walking in snowshoes allows you to walk on top of the snow, that can get to be many feet deep. It allows you to calmly enjoy all that Alaska has to offer.
  • Snowmobiling: Now, if you are looking for speed this is the way to go. The popular place to snowmobile is in Hatcher’s Pass. The nature preserve is 300,000 acres and is reserved for snowmobilers, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
  • Dog sledding: Dog sledding is important in Alaska’s history and is still important today. There are races, such as the Iditarod, but also you can experience what it is like to dog sled. Some resorts and parks have the option to try out and experience dog sledding just like skiing or snowshoeing. Plus you get to meet the dogs.

There are some amazing things that you can do in Alaska. With such a massive wilderness there is no shortage of ways to experience the winter season. If you plan to vacation to Alaska, you could stay in Palmer at Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages. There is no better way to wake up on a winter morning than to a hot breakfast you didn’t have to make.  

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