Mat-Su Winter Vacations

Alaska winters are spectacular in the Mat-Su Valley. Alpenglow sunsets over Denali, winter ice fishing, piles of powder primed for snowmobiling, snowboarding or snowshoeing and some of the earliest pre-season skiing in the country - it's no wonder why this is where Alaskans come to play in the winter. 

Mat-Su Valley Winter Activities & Vacation Ideas

Winter Events and Festivals
Alaska Ice Fishing
Ski, Snowboard and Snowshoe Trails
Alaska Dog Sledding
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Top Alaska Winter Destinations
Guided Snowmobile Tour


Take Beginning Mushing 101
Learn the basics of dog sled handling and experience Alaska dog mushing while driving a team using terms like "gee" and "haw" to direct Alaska's most famous and celebrated athletes - Alaska sled dogs. Read more

Chase the Race
Follow Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race mushers and their sled dogs while flightseeing over the Iditarod National Historic Trail; or hit the trail with a sled dog or snowmobile guide to an official Iditarod checkpoint. The race restarts on Willow Lake the first Sunday in March. Read more

Enjoy Pure Snowmobile Adrenaline
Ride deep into pristine Alaska backcountry by snowmobile and carve trail through some of the worlds most scenic and wilderness terrain. Snowmobile tours and rentals available through end of April. Read more

Kick it up in Hatcher Pass
Groomed cross country ski trails begin at the parking lot near Hatcher Pass Lodge and continue about 4.5 kilometers up the curvy road to Independence Mine (closed in winter). Après-ski at the Lodge or follow the pack down the mountain to find a favorite local joint. Read more

Don't forget about the brand new Government Peak Recreation Area in Hatcher Pass - 6.5 kilometers of world-class Nordic skiing trails that are groomed throughout the winter.

We'll Leave the Lights on
Aurora fans stay up late on clear, dark nights in February, March and April - especially during the new moon phase - for a chance to view the colorful Northern Lights. Climb aboard the Alaska Railroad Aurora Winter Train in Anchorage for an overnight escape to Talkeetna and the chance to see the lights dancing over Mount McKinley.