A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.
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For the first time ever in the ski area's history, Alyeska Resort opened Max's Mountain to the public on Saturday from the peak's summit.
A decades-long dream of backcountry hikers to construct a network of destinations in remote sections of the Kenai Peninsula accessible mainly by the Alaska Railroad took a step forward this month.
What's better, bagging a giant king salmon or a kokanee, the landlocked red salmon that rarely exceeds 14 inches? A Kodiak brown bear more than 1,000 pounds or a chukar, a small game bird in the pheasant family? Outdoor Life magazine, apparently, prefers modest species gathered in pleasant weather.
June 4 is the departure date from Bellingham, Wash., for the first-ever Alaska Marine Highway ferry run to Southcentral Alaska that won't require a change in vessels in Southeast. The M/V Kennicott will stop in Ketchikan, Juneau and Yakutat before crossing the Gulf of Alaska to Whittier, reports The Turnagain Times. The biweekly trip will take 4-1/2 days and cost $547 for walk-on passengers or $1,481 with a pickup or car aboard. Marine Highway officials told the Times that the car deck is almost fully booked for summer.
The Slam'n Salm'n Derby, a June event that typically attracts more than 1,000 anglers to the banks of Ship Creek near downtown Anchorage, has been called off for this year so its soup-kitchen sponsor can focus on opening a new facility.
Airlines did a lot right last year. They were better at arriving on time and not overbooking planes so people got bumped less often from flights. Their rate for losing or damaging bags was the lowest in 20 years.
Ice carvers chisel away at a fountain, a children's ice play area that includes a maze, and a giant mastodon in Anchorage's Town Square in preparation for the Fire & Ice New Year's Eve Celebration. Activities will include a skating party, performers including fire jugglers, music by Evelyn "Champagne" King at 7:30 p.m. and a fireworks show at 8 p.m.
Following a December warm-up, wind and sub-zero evening temperatures blitzed much of Southcentral, leaving thick slabs of ice atop most fresh water. Westchester Lagoon, for instance, has 24 inches, according to the city's weekly trail and ice status report.
Outdoor accomplishments are difficult to measure. Nobody keeps score. Climbers and paddlers don't employ publicists or statisticians. Comparing a harrowing climb against a successful hunt or a big fish landed doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Given all that, the 2010 feats featured here don't pretend to be comprehensive.
The winningest musher in the history of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will point 16 dogs toward Nome once again next year.
Forecasters at the National Weather Service were warning Thursday of a storm moving out of the Bering Sea and expected to deliver high winds but little or no snow to Anchorage.
Just as they have for centuries, Nelchina caribou have started to move. It was an easy, warm autumn for the caribou, prompting them to linger in their summer foraging grounds along the Denali Highway. Breeding season ended before the older cows restlessly tossed their heads and pointed the herds eastward.
One of the nation's major discount airlines announced Wednesday it will begin seasonal nonstop flights to Anchorage next year.
A survey of Alaska's Cook Inlet this summer found more beluga whales than last year, but government scientists say when the long view is taken numbers for the endangered animals continue to slide downward.
When Monday morning arrives, many workers slog back into the office bemoaning the start of another workweek. Consider how Valley farmer Mark Rempel's week started: "Monday morning we woke up to 21 degrees. We still had potatoes to harvest; and they do not like that kind of cold.
Doctors spent hours stitching the torn scalp of a Nikiski fisherman who was mauled and dragged by a brown bear Tuesday night near the Swanson River, the man told his family.
Bird Treatment and Learning Center invited the public to visit and learn about bald and golden eagles at its Save the Eagles event on Saturday, January 12, 2013.
The Susitna Valley and Alaska Range from the air.
Turnagain Arm mud, trains, kiters and more.
Avion families in the Anchorage area.
Zipline through the forest canopy outside of Talkeetna, AK.
Resident and migratory birds are busy feeding, courting and preparing for nesting as spring arrives at thawing Westchester Lagoon, the Cook Inlet shoreline and other ponds and lakes around Anchorage.
Twelve musk oxen have been born so far this season at the Musk Ox Farm. Staff at the farm are busy combing the animals to gather quviut which will be made into hats and scarves by Oomingmak, a cooperative of craftspeople. The Musk Ox Farm officially opens for the season on Mother's Day, May 13. Mothers are admitted free to the annual open house.
Fall colors in Southcentral Alaska.
Recreation is key to surviving Alaska's long, dark winters. Truly ambitious outdoor enthusiasts have pounced on a vault of creative opportunities, including making use of the frozen waterfalls for ice climbing along the Seward Highway.
People braved the icy conditions at Russian Jack Springs Park to go sledding on a brisk Sunday afternoon.
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