What is “Alaska” to you?

February 27, 2017

Ice, snow, dogs, aurora, snowmachines, moose?

What words does your mind conjure up when some says “Alaska”?

Well, they are all here, all right now!

For the next month, the International Ice Carving Competition is in full swing—starting with small blocks (think six feet by four feet), and ramping up to twenty plus feet of carefully sculpted displays with intricate detail.  Take a complimentary loaner sled to enjoy the ice slide, and be sure to take your camera! 

Ice carving of chair and polar bear

Picture yourself here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dog team with musher at finish line

dog team enjoying salmon break

 

 

Next week we are privileged in Fairbanks to host the beginning of the Iditarod. It’s normal starting point is from Anchorage; however, due to a lack of snow fall along the course (not so sure that is true due to the latest snowstorms) Fairbanks will be watching the start-up on Monday March 6th.

While this week the activity levels have been fairly good for aurora viewing, the cloudy skies have prevented clear view of the northern light.  Keep informed by checking the predictions at www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast.

Yesterday the town was packed for people to see the finish of the Iron Dog snowmachine race.  Several of our guests were here to pick up their friends and family or simply view the event. 

Today is ideal weather for building a snowman.  Frankly, the snow here in Fairbanks is normally very dry and “crunchy.”  You have heard that one of the indigenous languages here in Alaska has perhaps 50 words for snow?  Well, today’s snow is heavy, wet and perfect for that snowman if you happen to feel up to that.  As the snow gets deeper, moose come closer into town to graze on vegetation that is easier to reach.  I happened upon these moose a couple days ago in our neighborhood.

Two moose wandering through the neighborhood

Moose meandering the neighborhood

What adventure draws you to the frozen North this time of year?  We are ready and waiting for your arrival. 


Instant Winter

October 1, 2015

green grass yard and driveway

Green grass and flowers in the front of main office.

One foot of snow in less than 24 hours

12 inches of snow in less than 24 hours

Winter in Alaska has it’s challenges, and the cliche, “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes” can be partially true.  Three days ago, we had partly sunny skies and green grass.  Yesterday, the roads and trees are heavily laden with wet snow.  Not only were the schools closed Wednesday due to traffic dangers and electrical outages, the University even cancelled its classes to try to allow people time to regroup. According to this morning’s news, over 10,000 are still without power. The hum of generators can be heard around town in an effort to stave off the cold and offer a limited supply of electricity.

While many areas of town still are without power, we are fortunate to be in one of the grids that were unaffected by the recent outages.  Come on over: we have all those nice amenities that are so often taken for granted–heat, light and hot water–unlike half the town.  This is day two of the process.

Perhaps the excitement of the PFD deposits will brighten up locals. Today is the day that all Alaskans look forward to–the Permanent Dividend Fund hand-out. In a record amount of $2072, the local economy is booming as people come to town to shop for their carefully calculated wish list. The frenzy is almost akin to shopping at Christmas time in the malls. All that is required to receive this benefit is residency for one year. Age is no object–even babies can receive this “we do everything big –welcome to Alaska.” Some use the dividend to survive, others to celebrate. I’m still not sure where mine will go.