Photos: Anchorage, Alaska’s winter wonderland

As the fall season fades, Anchorage transforms into a winter wonderland. Ice skaters slide across frozen city ponds. Cross-country skiers glide down sun-dappled forest trails. Crystalline chunks of sea ice stud the Cook Inlet coast, and the snow-capped Chugach Mountains become the perfect playground for snowshoeing, snowmachining, skiing, and sledding.

  • Anchorage has 105 miles of maintained cross-country ski trails. Click here for a map of current grooming and trail conditions.

  • The municipality maintains multiple outdoor lake skating and hockey rinks around Anchorage: Click here for locations and current ice conditions. 

  • Gear rental and guided tour options can help take you even further into the backcountry: Click here for more.

Browse the gallery below for additional Anchorage winter inspiration, and follow the links to find even more ways to enjoy the city in the snow season.