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Snow & Ice

Ice fishing, ice skating, ice sculpting, ice climbing, curling and hockey are among the many ice activities you’ll find in Fairbanks during the winter. And when it comes to snow, winter’s white mantle provides countless opportunities to get out and explore. Downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, dog mushing, snowshoeing, sledding, tubing and even sleigh riding are all part of winter in Fairbanks and Interior Alaska.

From bunny hills to steep-and-deep slopes, there’s a run waiting for both novices and veterans alike. The down¬hill skiing and snowboarding options include one colorful place that forgoes a ski lift for a school bus and another site that enjoys a panoramic vista frequented for aurora viewing. On the edge of the city limits is Birch Hill—a world class cross-country ski venue with miles and miles of groomed trails. The University of Alaska Fairbanks also maintains a network of cross-country ski trails too. When there’s a chill in the air, heat up the fun with some of the coolest ice and snow sports around.


Ice fish from a rented hut on a frozen lake! Hook up with an outfitter that will provide you the gear and license and guide you to a favorite fishing hole. Fillet and fry up your fish right after you've made your catch.