Alaska Excursions

Alaska Excursions

A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.

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Photos and stories from the last great race.

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Public welcomed on summit of Max's Mountain at last

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.

Chugach backcountry network takes stride forward

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.

Outdoor Life names Kodiak 4th best for sportsmen

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.

'Express' ferry service between Washington and Southcentral begins in June

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.

Popular Anchorage salmon derby will take a year off

Clint Aldridge, of Elmendorf Air Force Base, right, fishes Ship Creek for king salmon just after high tide in June 2009. Jesse Sullivan of Anchorage watches next to him.

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 do better, but more passengers complain

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.

Carving out Anchorage's New Year's Eve celebration

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.

Recent weather makes for ideal skating

Lou Theiss ice skates on the marshes along the Seward Highway near Girdwood on Jan. 10, 2011. Low temperatures and lack of new snow have made conditions good for ice skating in some uncommon places recently.

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 enthusiasts make the most of Alaska

Brett DeWoody pushes his fat-tire bike through a rugged 8-mile section called Sitkagi Bluffs during a 300-mile Lost Coast journey between Yakutat and Cordova. With a heavy pack and all that gear, partner Cameron Lawson said, it was a brute effort.Photo courtesy of Tim HewittTim Hewitt walked 1,000 miles in the Iditarod Trail Invitational. He did it in 22 days, 4 hours and 15 minutes.

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.

Swenson will run Iditarod

The winningest musher in the history of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will point 16 dogs toward Nome once again next year.

Winter storm expected to bring Anchorage wind, little snow

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.

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Nelchina herd big enough for human horde

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.

JetBlue announces service to Anchorage in summer 2011

One of the nation's major discount airlines announced Wednesday it will begin seasonal nonstop flights to Anchorage next year.

Inlet beluga count up but it's not a rebound yet, scientists say

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.

MARKET FRESH

Several markets wind down for the season

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.

Peninsula bear mauling victim describes attack to family

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.

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Bird Treatment and Learning Center hold open house

Petra is a bald eagle that has been with Bird TLC since 1995. 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.

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.

Aerials from Birchwood to the Alaska Range

Sunlight sparkles off the braided channels of the Susitna River near the mouth where it empties into Cook Inlet on Sunday, September 9, 2012.

The Susitna Valley and Alaska Range from the air.

A Day along Turnagain Arm

Tracey Knutson steps onto the shore with a salmon near the Twentymile River bridge on Monday, August 13, 2012 along the Seward Highway. Knutson, her son Bergen Knutson, Mike Benoit and dogs Karma and Drake were on a trip up the Twentymile River.

Turnagain Arm mud, trains, kiters and more.

Birds of Summer 2012

A pair of swans float on the still waters of Kashwitna Lake as the sun sets along near the Parks Highway north of Willow on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.

Avion families in the Anchorage area.

Denali Zipline Tour

Alan Campbell zips through the forest. Denali Zipline Tours has 9 ziplines several swinging bridges and a rappel in the forest canopy outside of Talkeetna, AK on Friday, July 27, 2012.

Zipline through the forest canopy outside of Talkeetna, AK.

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Birds of Spring 2012

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.

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Baby musk ox

Musk ox mothers stick close to their calves at the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer on Thursday, May 3, 2012. 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.

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.

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Fall Colors

The leaves turn yellow as the fall colors grace Kincaid Park on Saturday, September 24, 2011.

Fall colors in Southcentral Alaska.

Ice climbing along the Turnagain Arm

Scotty Vincik climbs on the PFM ice climb while his partner Matt Suddock belays him along the Seward Highway across from Turnagain Arm on Saturday January 12, 2008.

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.

Sledding

People braved the icy conditions at Russian Jack Springs Park to go sledding on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 14, 2010.

People braved the icy conditions at Russian Jack Springs Park to go sledding on a brisk Sunday afternoon.

About Alaska

Shopping

Authentic arts and crafts created by Alaska Natives often are marked with a Silver Hand tag.

Alaska will no doubt inspire memories. But most visitors will want to take home something to help keep those memories fresh. An epic trip to the Great Land deserves a souvenir or two worthy of the excursion.

Moving to Alaska

Container ships bring vehicles and goods to the Port of Anchorage.

Moving to Alaska can be a big adventure.

Education in Alaska

The Great Room at the new Consortium Library at the University of Alaska Anchorage features a ceiling almost 35 feet high. Now it houses a computer lab, but in the future it will be an open study area.

Alaska has a public university system, with three main campuses and 15 local branches across the state, and a vo-tech school.

Alaska FAQs

Alaska.com's users have asked many good questions about life and vacations on the Last Frontier. Here are some of them.

Alaska by the book

The dangerous life of fishermen, part of the Alaska legend, appears in many  books about the state. Here, crewmen work a crab pot as the Aleutian Mariner takes a wave in the Bering Sea.

What's a vacation without a good book to read? When vacationing in Alaska, it might be a good idea to do some reading before arriving in the Great Land.

Weather & climate

Alaska's long, cool summer days are great for vegetables, such as this 85-pound cabbage being entered in the state fair at Palmer. (It finished in second place.)

Be weather wise and clothing conscious on your visit.

Places in Alaska

Alaska regions

Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, is seen just before sunset on a late March flightseeing trip. The south peak, right, is the summit at 20,320 feet; the north peak stands 19,470 feet high. Climbing season on the big mountain is May through July.

Alaska can be divided into five broad regions.

The Interior

The Alaska Range is the Interior's defining feature. In Denali National Park, Wonder Lake reflects Mount McKinley reflects at sunset.

This vast area is alive with gold mining and plenty of outdoor activities.

Northern Alaska

The Arrigetch Peaks are found in Gates of the Arctic National Park, which is in the Brooks Range.

In this area above the Arctic Circle people depend on the land and its many resources.

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