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Winter Octane

That chill in the air means winter adventures are heating up. So grab your gear and explore Alaska in the snow. You’ll leave your mark on Alaska, carving turns in fresh powder and leaving axe marks in the ice.

 

DAY 1: ON THE RUN

 

Morning

Head into the wilds of Alaska for untouched powder and some of the most spectacular and accessible backcountry skiing in North America. The Chugach Mountains are full of runs waiting to be explored, and heli-and cat-skiing operators can get you there. Bring your skis or snowboard – there’s a lot of elevation to explore.

Afternoon

Let’s be honest, it’s going to take more than a morning to satisfy your downhill desires. There’s more terrain out there, so don’t stop now!

Evening

Relive your best runs around the fireplace or in a cozy pub or bar. Share your stories over local brews, fresh coffee and plenty of good food.

 

 

DAY 2: WORTH THE CLIMB

 

Morning

Yesterday was about descent, today you’ll be going in the other direction. Strap on crampons, grab an ice ax; you’re going climbing. Frozen waterfalls dot Chugach State Park in winter, and nearby glaciers provide consistent, year-round venues. Guides are available to scout locations, provide equipment and instructions.

Afternoon

Dive into a boxed lunch. You’ve got that technique down, so fuel up before conquering that challenging route looming above you.

Evening

You’re done climbing, but there’s more than one way to get ice time. Join a pickup hockey game at Chester Creek Sports Complex or Westchester Lagoon. Sore from all the climbing? The Alaska Aces deliver hard-hitting ECHL hockey in the Sullivan Arena. Grab a bell and join the fanatic supporters in the “cowbell crew” or watch the UAA Seawolves slap the puck with WCHA rivals.