Whether flat and frozen or snowy and sloped, Anchorage is the perfect spot for some snow day entertainment. Would-be Gretzkys and Kwans can show off their signature moves at one of Anchorage's many outdoor or indoor ice rinks, while thrill seekers careen down Anchorage's steep sledding hills.
Westchester Lagoon is the perfect place for a social skate straight out of Rockwell. Families and friends cluster around the warming barrels in between skating sessions. Some special weekend events add live music and toasty drinks to the mix.
Aspiring power forwards, butterfly goaltenders and hockey legends can drop the puck on a pickup game at one of Anchorage many indoor rinks, or test their skills outside on ice at Mulcahy Park or the Delaney Park. The outdoor complex features two hockey rinks with day- and nighttime skating. Future superstars should know that hometown hockey hero Scott Gomez honed his skills on the outdoor ice at Tikishla Park.
Whip around the 400-meter speed skating oval at Cuddy Family Park in midtown Anchorage, one of only six full-size tracks in the United States. For short track action, head to the McDonald Center in Eagle River, Alaska.
The ice on Southcentral Alaska lakes is usually thick enough by mid-November or early December. Exercise extreme caution if unsure of ice conditions. The Municipality of Anchorage reports on the status of maintained outdoor rinks and ponds throughout the season. In addition to five maintained outdoor ice rinks on area lakes and seven indoor rinks, many schools in Anchorage have outdoor hockey rinks that may be used or rented through the school district’s resources department.
Anchorage school kids know which hills offer the best thrills. Be courteous and cautious when sledding, and yield to other sledders and park users. Here's a primer on the prime sled hills:
- SUNSET PARK: Government Hill, Vine Avenue & Birch Street. Beginning and moderate slopes.
- CONIFER PARK: Third Avenue & Lane Street. Beginning and moderate slopes.
- SITKA PARK: 15th Avenue & Sitka Street. Beginner slopes.
- NUNAKA PARK: Craig Drive & Link Circle. (Parking Lots) Moderate to advance slopes.
- WINDSONG PARK: East 17th Avenue & Greendale Street. Beginning and moderate slopes.
- BALTO SEPPALA PARK: Wisconsin Street and West 32nd Avenue. Beginning and moderate slopes.
- CONNORS LAKE PARK: Jewel Lake Road and International Airport Road. Moderate slopes.
- KINCAID PARK: West end of Raspberry Road (north side of Outdoor Center) Moderate to advance slopes. Warm-up, restroom facilities available.
- OCEANVIEW PARK: Jarvi Drive and Oceanview Drive. Moderate to advance slopes.