My boyfriend, John, is from Alaska and a lot of his family still live there. We got to spend Christmas week with them and do a bunch of really fun things. I got a lot of questions about how we decided what to do. Every time we go, I have the advantage of being there with locals – so I just do whatever John & his family thinks we should do! You can read my other Alaska recaps here & here with other things we’ve done on past trips.
The first day we were there, we got to go sledding at Hatcher Pass. We have hiked here in the summer and it is incredibly beautiful both times of year.
Hiking up to the top to sled down was a lot of fun – even when it didn’t go exactly as planned lol.
We got hot chocolate in Hatcher Pass Lodge after. They have really cute lodges you can rent out to stay there. The sunrises & sunsets there are amazing too.
We also got to snowboard at Alyeska Resort. John’s sister, her husband and myself all decided to take a private lesson while John went on his own to do some runs. Alyeska’s prices for a 3 person private lesson were extremely reasonable, and included gear rental and a lift ticket.
We spent two hours with the instructor, had lunch, and then did a few more runs on our own. On the 5th try I finally didn’t fall immediately after getting off the lift lol.
The last day we were there, we got to go on snow machines. Which are snowmobiles. But everyone in Alaska calls them snow machines.
We were lucky enough to go with a friend of the family who is a snow machine expert. He has broken trails for the Iron Dog race, which is an off road snow machine race across Alaska that goes for 2,031 miles. Where we went to ride them was on a “beach” and it was so beautiful. You could see so far that it almost played tricks on your eyes.
Alaska is a pretty amazing place to visit! So grateful I have John & his awesome family to visit there. I’d highly recommend taking a trip there any time of the year. While it does get cold in the winter, the one thing I’ve learned is that if you wear the right gear, it doesn’t really matter what the temps are.