Looking for ways to enjoy Anchorage during the winter season? Look no further! Just because it’s snowy doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. In fact, in Anchorage, there is much more to do outdoors in our winter wonderland. Here are five ways to embrace the season.  

Cross-country Ski at Kincaid Park  

Take advantage of the snow by popping on a pair of skis and gliding down the many trails at Kincaid Park with friends, family, or four-legged friends. If skiing isn’t your thing –– explore the gorgeous roadside multiuse trail by foot. With almost 40 miles of popular trails through forests and along the coast with views of Cook Inlet, you’ll get to enjoy fresh air and scenery. Learn about the Kincaid trail systems before you go.  

Cross-country skiing at Kincaid by IG skips_pics
Photo by: IG skips_pics

Rent a Fat Tire Bike  

Fat tire bikes are well-known here in Anchorage as a method of transportation, a way to get daily exercise, or simply to explore the local trails and scenery. Rent your gear and hit up multiuse trails like Campbell Creek Trail. Check out the city trail grooming updates before you go.  

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Photo by: Jody O.

Ice Skating at Westchester Lagoon  

What is more magical than ice skating by the moonlight? The groomed ice rinks at Westchester Lagoon are a local favorite for many reasons. Whether you’re a beginner, or have been skating since you were young, there is plenty of room for everyone. Open to the public during the day, you’ll see people of all ages enjoying skating around the lagoon or warming up by the cozy firepits. No need to pack your skates! Learn more about winter equipment rentals.  

Tubing at Artic Valley  

You can feel like a kid again when you go inner tubing down one of the largest hills within 30 minutes of downtown Anchorage. A perfectly maintained hill at Arctic Valley Ski Area creates a comfortable sledding speed that is sure to put a smile on your face. The mountain is also a popular place for skiing. And pro tip: In the summer, Arctic Valley is a great spot for blueberry picking.   

Tubing at Arctic Valley Ski Area
Photo by: Arctic Valley Ski Area

Be sure to check out some of our other favorite spots for sledding in Anchorage.  

Enjoy a Chilly Treat  

Did you know Alaskans claim to eat more ice cream per capita than any other state? With many local ice cream shops to choose from, complete your outdoor adventure with a delicious frozen bite. A unique spot Gelatte is known for its delicious gelato, sorbetto, Italian sweets and espresso – made fresh daily. Another popular choice is Tastee Freez, which provides several options for toppings and flavors to satisfy your sweet tooth.  

Whether you find yourself visiting Anchorage or are a local looking for outdoor recreation or an indoor treat, there are endless opportunities to take advantage of during the winter season. Our advice is to get outside and enjoy it. You’ll not only get to experience what Anchorage has to offer, but you’ll have a story to tell for years to come.