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Category - Winter

The road over Hatcher Pass is officially closed for the winter after an early season snowfall blanketed the area with snow. The road is one of the most popular and scenic day drives in Alaska. It connects Willow with Hatcher Pass, and is a prime spot for hiking, berry picking and hunting in the...
March is a great month in Alaska - the days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. There's no better place to visit in March than Talkeetna for fun events, great views and outdoor recreation. Trio Fatbike World Championships The 2021 Trio Fat Bike race is on! However, due to Covid...

Hitting the hardwater

January 14, 2021 by Casey Ressler
For many, when the last salmon run ends in the fall, fishing season is over. But in the Mat-Su Valley, that's only the beginning of the "hardwater" season. From Lake Louise to Denali State Park, ice fishing opportunities abound in the Mat-Su Valley. There are more than 80 stocked lakes in the Valley...

Ski season begins

October 29, 2020 by Casey Ressler
The Nordic ski season is well under way at Hatcher Pass and Government Peak, where groomers have already been out, creating great early-season conditions. Last week's snow has stuck around at the higher elevations, giving skiers an early opportunity to enjoy the backcountry. According to trail...
Some of Alaska's best Nordic ski trails can be found just minutes away from Wasilla and Palmer, as the Government Peak Recreation Area boasts miles of groomed trails, many of which are lighted. The ski trails are essentially a series of loops, ranging in distance and difficulty, ensuring there is a...

Winter events

November 16, 2018 by Casey Ressler
Now that winter has finally settled into the Mat-Su Valley, it's time to look at your calendars and plan to visit some of the amazing community events that are held throughout the season. There are numerous community events that take place, but four stand out to us as "must sees." Up first is the...