Illinois Outdoors at PrairiestateOutdoors.com
RulesIllinois Outdoors at PrairiestateOutdoors.com

Prairie State Outdoors Categories

Top Story :: Opinion :: Illinois Outdoor News :: Fishing News :: Hunting News :: Birding News :: Nature Stories :: Miscellaneous News :: Fishing :: Big Fish Fridays :: Big Fish Stories :: State Fishing Reports :: Other Fishing Reports :: Fishing Tips, Tactics & Tales :: Where to Fish :: Fishing Calendar :: Hunting :: Hunting Reports :: Hunting Tips, Tactics & Tales :: Where to Hunt :: Tales from the Timber :: Turkey Tales :: Hunting Calendar :: Big Game Stories :: Nature and Birding :: Birding Bits :: Nature Newsbits :: Critter Corner :: Birding Calendar :: Stargazing :: In the Wild :: Miscellaneous Reports and Shorts :: Links :: Hunting Links :: Birding Links :: Video ::

Big Buck Stories

1960s :: 1980s :: 1991-92 :: 1992-93 :: 1993-94 :: 1994-95 :: 1995-96 :: 1997-98 :: 1998-99 :: 1999-2000 :: 2000-01 :: 2001-02 :: 2003-04 :: 2004-05 :: 2005-06 :: 2006-07 :: 2007-08 :: 2008-09 :: 2009-10 :: 2010-11 :: 2011-12 :: 2012-13 ::

Scattershooting

Flathead's Picture of the Week :: Big bucks :: Birdwatching :: Cougars :: Dogs :: Critters :: Fishing :: Asian carp :: Bass :: Catfish :: Crappie :: Ice :: Muskie :: Humor :: Hunting :: Deer :: Ducks :: Geese :: Turkey :: Upland game :: Misc. :: Mushrooms :: Open Blog Thursday :: Picture A Day 2010 :: Plants and trees :: Politics :: Prairie :: Scattershooting :: Tales from the Trail Cams :: Wild Things ::


Print

Alaska cold doesn’t chill outdoors enthusiasts

January 02, 2012 at 05:47 PM

The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In the dead of winter, the air outside swings past zero on the Fahrenheit scale around the Anchorage area. Further north around Fairbanks, it gets even colder. But none of this dissuades tourists who see this as a time to take in some of the attractions that have built Alaska’s tourism reputation.

Deb Hickok, president of the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Fairbanks remains a big draw to visitors in the winter despite subarctic temperatures. She said the big attraction there is the Aurora borealis, while other Alaskan-style activities like dog-mushing and ice fishing also draw tourists into the cold.

Such attractions have been packing the customers into the Chena Hot Springs Resort in Fairbanks for years. The resort’s Marketing Director Denise Ferree said the top draw is the hot springs themselves. Of course, Aurora borealis viewing is also at the top of the list, flowed by the Aurora Ice Museum, sled dog rides, flying snow machine tours and cross country skiing.

Free geothermal renewable energy tours are also bringing in a lot of interested groups, including students.

The northern lights in Alaska have still remained a unique business boost for much of the state. Hickok said Japanese tourists are coming in with really strong charter flight numbers to see the northern lights.

“The proprietor of the resort, Bernie Karl, always says about viewing the Aurora — ‘you can’t see them if you are not here,’” Ferree said.

Alaska’s terrain is also keeping visitors coming to the rest of the state. For example, skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding and snow machine tours, not to mention the Spring Carnival in April and the Roundhouse Museum, have helped build Alyeska Resort into a staple of Girdwood.

Anchorage also holds popular tourist attractions in the winter, namely with the Iditarod, Tour of Anchorage and Fur Rendezvous.

Your CommentsComments :: Terms :: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Comment Area Pool Rules

  1. Read our Terms of Service.
  2. You must be a member. :: Register here :: Log In
  3. Keep it clean.
  4. Stay on topic.
  5. Be civil, honest and accurate.
  6. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Log In

Register as a new member

Next entry: Bald eagles arriving in Alton area

Previous entry: Stone soup hike a New Year’s tradition

Log Out

RSS & Atom Feeds

Prairie State Outdoors
PSO on Facebook
Promote Your Page Too

News Archives

July 2018
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31        
Copyright © 2007-2014 GateHouse Media, Inc.
Some Rights Reserved
Original content available for non-commercial use
under a Creative Commons license, except where noted.
Creative Commons