Action packed and truly beautiful, Fairbanks’ winter season is guaranteed. See the captivating light of the aurora borealis, view larger-than-life outdoor ice sculptures and experience the exhilarating sport of dog mushing. This surprising trio of events makes the winter season a traveler’s snowy paradise. There are a multitude of winter activities, cultural celebrations, art exhibitions and sporting events that take place during the exciting winter season. Skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing, curling, tubing and ice hockey abound.
Challenge the snow-capped hills or birch-laden trails or mush a team of huskies across the wilderness. Behold three-ton pieces of ice being turned into works of art. Journey above the Arctic Circle, visit Santa in North Pole or discover the incredible warmth of an Alaska hot spring at the end of an adventure-filled day. Plan an incredible winter expedition in this sparkling land of aurora, ice and snow.
Winter temperatures in the region might occasionally seem daunting but because it is a still, dry cold the weather is quite manageable. Dressing properly allows visitors to engage in fantastic activities like chasing the captivating light of the aurora borealis, viewing larger-than-life outdoor ice sculptures or experiencing the exhilarating sport of dog mushing. Additionally, sports like skiing, snow shoeing and ice skating are all within reach even if the temperature is below zero.
In Fairbanks, ice art is not only remarkable but commonplace during winter months with sculptures found all around town. The making of ice art cul¬minates late February through March, when the George Horner Ice Park hosts the World Ice Art Championships. Watch beautiful art works emerge from blocks of ice as the sculptors work around the clock. More than 70 teams and 100 ice art sculptures rival those wrought in stone and never cease to capture both the mind and the imagination. During the competition, ice artists from around the globe carve more than three million pounds of ice. The ice har¬vested and moved by forklift from a local pond is called “Arctic Diamond” and is renowned for its translucent quality. At the kids’ ice playground you can climb atop a polar bear, slide down a dragon’s neck, skate in the ice rink or crawl through a giant maze.
Talk about a trip of a lifetime! The magnificent scenery. The breathtaking outdoors combined with warm and welcoming hospitality has made Fairbanks one of my most memorable winter adventures, anywhere in the world.