The Best Skiing in Alaska

Looking for the best skiing in Alaska? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Alaska. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top skiing spots in and near Alaska

  • Juneau, Alaska

    Hike the Mendenhall Glacier

    4.8
    8 mi
    The Mendenhall Glacier, formerly known as Sitaantaagu ("the Glacier Behind the Town"), is a 12 mile long glacier about 12 miles outside Alaska’s capital Juneau. A quick drive from downtown Juneau to the ‘trailhead’ parking lot finds you overlooking the nearly half a mile wide face of the glacier....
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  • Palmer, Alaska

    Explore Independence Mine State Historical Park in Hatcher Pass

    4.7
    1.5 mi
    If you've only got time to do a few things when in Alaska, make sure you visit Independence Mine State Historical Park in Hatcher Pass. It is open year round, and beautiful no matter the season. You can easily spend the entire day exploring the mine and surrounding area.The winter months fill the...
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  • Fairbanks, Alaska

    Photograph the Northern Lights in Fairbanks, Alaska

    1 mi / 1 ft gain
    As close to magic as you'll ever see on this Earth, the northern lights, or aurora borealis, are an absolute must-see for any nature enthusiast. The aurora borealis are visible in Fairbanks from August through April, meaning there's an astounding nine months of aurora viewing! Of course, the auro...
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  • Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

    Winter Camp at Wonder Lake

    There are multiple ways to do this trip - ski, mush, or by flying in a bush plane and then meeting up with a group of mushers. I highly recommend doing ANY of them, but most likely you will need to assess your time, skill, and budget to decide what is best for you. The 2 most likely of the 3 will...
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  • Fairbanks, Alaska

    Snow Biking in Alaska's Arctic

    100 mi
    White Mountains National Recreation Area is run by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and is best traveled during the winter months. The BLM maintains three trailheads to provide access to 12 public recreation cabins that are connected by extensive trail systems. Trailheads for the Wickersham Cr...
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  • Seward, Alaska

    Explore Kenai Fjords National Park

    5.0
    8.2 mi / 3000 ft gain
    None of Alaska’s eight national parks are easy to get to, but Kenai Fjords National Park is one of only three national parks in the state that can be accessed (partly) by road. It’s also the closest national park to Anchorage, which makes this an easier jaunt from the capital. While this park is ...
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  • Talkeetna, Alaska

    Ski Touring in the Ruth Amphitheater

    The Ruth Amphitheater is a lesser known, but spectacularly beautiful glaciated part of Denali National Park. There is terrain for any skier's tastes, from flat, wide open touring to steep, gnarly descents, and house-swallowing crevasses. If you're lucky and plan ahead, you can reserve the Sheldon...
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  • Kodiak, Alaska

    Hike to the Summit of Sharatin Mountain

    5.0
    7 mi / 3000 ft gain
    From downtown Kodiak drive southeast on W Rezanof Dr, turn onto Anton Larson Bay Rd north towards Buskin Lake. Follow Anton Larson Rd over the Red Cloud River Bridge and there will be a small turnout to park on just after the bridge. Look to your left and you will see a trail cutting through the ...
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  • Healy, Alaska

    Camp at Riley Creek Campground

    4.0
    The campground has cell service, and wifi available for purchase. Fires are allowed year-round, and downed wood may be gathered. Potable water is seasonal - make sure you have all proper water filtration systems needed! No campgrounds in Denali have electrical or water hookups for RVs. Riley Cree...
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  • Palmer, Alaska

    Explore Eklutna Lake

    This beautiful lake is fed by Eklutna Glacier.   There is so much to do here:  Rent bikes or kayaks (bring your own too).  Info about renting is here.   Walk or bike along the trail that wraps around the lake Hike Twin Peaks TrailIf you want a more difficult hike, do Pepper Peak. This hike incorp...
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  • Juneau, Alaska

    Dan Moller Cabin Trail

    5.72 mi / 1243 ft gain
    Dan Moller Cabin Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Juneau, Alaska.
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  • Fairbanks, Alaska

    Boreal Forest and Seasonal Wetland Trail

    2.41 mi / 171 ft gain
    Boreal Forest and Seasonal Wetland Trail is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Fairbanks, Alaska.
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  • Fairbanks, Alaska

    Farm Road Trail and Chickadee Loop

    2.38 mi / 161 ft gain
    Farm Road Trail and Chickadee Loop is a loo trail that takes you by a lake located near Fairbanks, Alaska.
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