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Winter Recreation Activities

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Winter Recreation Events & Activities

Winter Solstice Festival
Wednesday, December 21st from 5pm – 8pm
Cuddy Midtown Family Park

Make the most of the shortest day of the year by enjoying all that winter has to offer. This Winter Solstice Festival offer activities for everyone. Bring your ice skates for skating around the oval to your favorite holiday music. Take a break by a warm fire while sipping hot chocolate and visiting with friends.  You can take a ride on a horse-​drawn wagon, hop on a dog sled for a ride around t​he park or visit Santa’s reindeer, and you might see Santa if he’s not too busy getting ready for his big day. Food truck goodies are available for purchase. All the activities are free to the public. There is nothing like bringing in the holiday season and enjoying fresh air on a beautiful night in this lighted park!​

Winter Ice & Trail Conditions (bookmark this page)

Top Sledding Hills
Anchorage is full of sledding hills all across town that are the perfect places to put down a sled and build up some speed. From kid-friendly hills to longer, steeper slopes, local sledding hills come in a variety of shapes, lengths, inclines and altitudes, and there are more than enough runs to keep thrill-seekers busy all winter long. Visit the top sledding hills in Anchorage.

Ice Skating
Head downtown to Westchester Lagoon for the classic city ice skating experience with warming barrels and recently maintained skating path. Anchorage Parks & Recreation also monitors ice thickness and maintains skating zones at Cheney Lake, Cuddy Family Midtown Skate Pond, and Goose Lake. Always use extreme caution on lakes and rivers. All other Anchorage city ice rinks are open, including Chanshtnu Muldoon Park, Cuddy Family Midtown Skating Oval, Delaney Park, Tikishla Park, and the Bonnie Cusack rinks. Check out Anchorage Parks & Recreation for ice & trail conditions, lessons, and events.

Cross Country Skiing
Anchorage has hundreds of miles of groomed and lit trails, perfect for cross country skiers of all ages and abilities. Beginners will find plenty of flat areas along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Chester Creek Trails with several access points from parks across the city. Check trail conditions and grooming status in the Ice & Trail Report updated weekly by Anchorage Parks & Rec.

Kincaid Park is the crown jewel of cross country skiing in Anchorage with 60 kilometers of trails winding through 1,400 acres of parkland. View trail conditions and maps for ski trails at Kincaid and the Hillside from the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage.

Winter Fat Tire Biking
Winter biking is quickly growing in popularity. Our world-class trail system makes it possible to go biking along many of the same trails used by cross country skiers. Anchorage is a great place to bike, all year long for commuting or adventuring. Learn more about winter bike friendly trails, bike rentals (perfect for visitors), tour guides, and winter bike events. Join a fat tire biking race through the heart of the city on winter trails as part of the Tour of Anchorage, or The Frosty Bottom. Longer races include famous rides like the Susitna 100, Little Su 50K, and Iditarod Trail Invitational pit the best bikers against wilderness courses.

Winter Play
Explore Anchorage’s 86 playgrounds all year long. Even in winter, playgrounds are a great gathering place for getting  fresh air and burning some energy. Find a new play space for your family with a detailed map of all 86 playgrounds in Anchorage! The map highlights playground features, park amenities, driving directions, and location on the Moose Loop trails.