There are still a few weeks to go before we finally see the end of this long cold winter – which only means more time for ice and snow lovers to go out and enjoy their favourite winter time sports, and when it comes to such activities, one of the best places in the world to do such is in Anchorage, Alaska. The city provides some of the best winter experiences for all winter adventure pilgrims.
What used to be a simple mode of transportation has turned into a popular winter sport and pastime in Anchorage, Alaska. There are many dog sledding routes in Anchorage with varying difficulty levels. Why, even in summer you can still enjoy dog sledding in the Punch Bowl Glacier. There are wide open spaces which are just perfect for the uninitiated, as well as more challenging routes that that will surely pump your adrenaline. You can be your own dog sled driver and manoeuvre your way through the trails, or you can hire an experienced musher to help guide you along. In addition, be sure not to miss the Iditarod Race and get to see some of the best mushers from Alaska and other countries battle it out in the Alaskan snow tracks.
For climbing fanatics, gear up with your warmest winter clothes, arm yourself with ropes and ice axe, and brace yourself for some of the most exciting ice climbing experience in Anchorage, Alaska. There are various opportunities for ice climbing in the outskirts of the city. You can climb frozen waterfalls if you dare, or take on the more difficult ice glaciers which are rock solid even in the summer time. Of course, whether you’re an amateur or a pro, it is always bets to enlist the help of an experienced guide who can show you the best spots for ice climbing as well as provide help when needed.
Ice Skating and Tobogganing
For those who are not so adventurous, you can put on your skates and glide through ice in the many skating rinks and frozen ponds in Anchorage, Alaska. There is the Westchester Lagoon which is pretty famous among ice skating enthusiasts, with barrels of bonfire where shivering skaters go to when the cold becomes too much. The lagoon is pretty famous and tends to fill up easily with skaters and those wanting to play some ice hockey. Thus if you find the place is full, you can go to other skating venues like McDonalds Centre in Eagle River and Cuddy Family Park in Midtown Anchorage. Alternatively, if you want to ride a toboggan, there are many slopes in Anchorage, Alaska where you can do just that. There is the Sitka Park in Sitka Street for beginners, Connors Lake Park in Jewel Lake Road with moderately difficult slopes, and Oceanview Park in Oceanview Drive where you can find more challenging slopes for a more exciting tobogganing experience.
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