If you live in the Mat-Su Valley area north of Anchorage, Alaska, you know you live in the mecca of outdoor activity opportunities. Yet each winter, you hibernate, waiting for the springtime winter to emerge so you can get outdoors to enjoy the fresh air and majestic views that Anchorage and the surrounding areas offer. And though you may have a few favorite pastimes for the changing season, you may be interested in other ways to have a blast this springtime winter near Anchorage, Alaska.
What is “springtime winter”?
Whether you live in Alaska or are just visiting, you know the seasons here aren’t like in other parts of the country. Where most of the United States celebrates four seasons, in Alaska, there are eight or nine, depending on who you ask. And the springtime winter is that time in March through April when the ice finally begins to break up. At this time of the year, those not quite into the hard-core outdoor sports of high winter are itching to get outside and find something to do. But what are the best activities to enjoy springtime winter near Anchorage, Alaska?
1. Take in Anchorage’s majestic scenery via a snowmachine tour.
Whether you are a veteran snowmachiner or want to give it a try, the frozen lakes and wooded trails around Anchorage provide some spectacular views and extreme fun. Guided snowmachine tours are a great way to help you delve into the sport, especially if you don’t have a snowmachine or the necessary gear readily available. Check out Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours or look into snowmachine rentals and tours from Sledtastic Alaska.
2. Get your adrenaline rush by hitting the slopes.
If you’ve ever been downhill skiing, you know it releases a flow of endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine. These natural chemicals released by the body help ease tension and relax you, helping you fight stress, depression, and anxiety. Thankfully, Anchorage is blessed with spectacular slopes to get your ski (or skis) on. Try a local ski slope this year, such as Skeetawk and Alyeska. Or, go big or go home and book a flight to Juneau to try Eaglecrest Ski Area.
3. Get a smile makeover.
Whether you have some time off work or school or just want to indulge in self-care, the springtime winter in Alaska is a great time to get a smile makeover. Smile makeovers are excellent options for correcting dental problems such as uneven, discolored, chipped, broken, decayed, or misshapen teeth. And your favorite dentist near Anchorage at Valley Dental Clinic can help you with teeth whitening, Bioclear veneers, gum contouring, Botox, and a variety of other services to help you achieve the smile you have always dreamed of. A springtime winter smile makeover is perfectly timed so you’re smiling pretty for those summertime selfies.
4. Burn some calories on a guided hike.
Hiking in Anchorage and the surrounding area is a great way to get some physical activity while having a blast taking in the sights. But since we’re all about safety first, we’d be remiss if we didn’t recommend a group hiking tour vs. a solo one. Treat yourself and a friend to a short getaway at one of Alaska’s full-service wilderness lodges and hire a guide to take you on an Alaskan hike you’ll never forget.
5. Admire the aurora borealis.
March is the best time to take in the northern lights. Try a northern lights tour from Greatland Adventures or through Viator. Next, prepare to enjoy a phenomenon like no other. We’re confident that the aurora borealis will leave you not only in awe, but scratching your head to find the right words to describe the spectacle.
6. Catch a king salmon at the Annual Homer Winter King Tournament.
Create a fishing story to pass on to future generations by taking a weekend getaway to Kachemak, Alaska (just under five hours from Anchorage). You’ll join other contestants at the annual Homer Winter King Tournament and venture out onto Kachemak Bay for twelve hours to see who will catch this season’s king salmon.
Have a recommendation to add to our list of fun-filled springtime winter activities near Anchorage?
We’re always ready to hear about the fun things our patients do throughout the year, and the springtime winter is no exception. If you had a blast doing something last year, we want to hear about it. Who knows, maybe we’ll give it a try too! So, be sure to tell us about your big adventures at your next dental cleaning with Valley Dental Clinic. And if you are overdue for your next professional dental cleaning and oral evaluation, now is the time to request an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!