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. A surprising amount of winter events make the winter season a traveler’s snowy paradise...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, snowshoeing 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. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the fantastically fun Christmas in Ice during the holidays in North Pole, a multitude of impressive ice sculptures around the community and the Kids Park and an International Ice Art Exhibition in February and March.
Talented artists from all over the world come to Fairbanks to use a one-ton block of ice as a crystal clear, 3-dimensional canvas. The ice is actually harvested from a local pond and because the water is so pure and the winter temperatures so cold, the ice has a slight glacial blue tint. It is so clear that a person can read a newspaper through a four-foot block of ice! The sculptors say that Fairbanks ice is the best ice in the world for their art. Because of its translucent quality, it is known globally by carvers as “Arctic Diamond.”
The ice art is awe-inspiring, but it can also be interactive. Both Christmas in Ice and the Kids Park find creative and beautiful ways to have fun, like attending any children's playground, only the "equipment" is constructed entirely from ice! There are slides and rides for all ages, mazes and life-sized sculptures of animals, and characters to touch and climb on. Climb atop a polar bear, slide down a dragon’s neck or crawl through a giant maze.
Ice art sculptures in Fairbanks rival those wrought in stone and never cease to capture both the mind and the imagination.
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.