Talkeetna Winter Visitor Guide
Talkeetna has an amazing amount of activities during the winter. We've designed a convenient, downloadable guide to help you find events, activities and businesses that cater to our winter guests.
Talkeetna — a Winter Wonderland
Don't miss out on one of Alaska's best kept secrets... wintertime in Talkeetna! Just a short 2-hour drive from Anchorage, Talkeetna is a convenient and fun winter destination for nordic skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding and snowmobiling. Just a short trip across the frozen river gives snowmobilers to access to miles of trails north of the Petersville Road in nearby Trapper Creek and then come and warm-up in Talkeetna after a long day of riding. Take a flight above the Alaska Range for some spectacular winter views of the frozen rivers and landscapes below. New to our winter activities is zipline tours, take a journey through the treetops and see breathtaking views of Alaska & Mt. Mckinley! In the evenings enjoy arts and entertainment, the chase the Northern Lights (undisturbed by city lights), or take part in one of our unique community classes ranging from pie making classes to solar power classes or just relax by a fire with a good book from our public library or from one of the bookstores — it's a great way to spend a winter . When you come to Talkeetna you're in for a special treat and memorable lifetime experiences.
Winters in Talkeetna are cold and snowy! Due to our unique location just south of the Alaska Range, we typically get much more snow than Anchorage or Wasilla. Average snowfall is about 115 inches/292 centimeters of snow a year. Temperatures can get as cold as -35ºF/-37ºC, but most days are between 20ºF/-6.6ºC and -5ºF/-20ºC. However, due to the low humidity, you'll be surprised to find out that some of these cold winter days can feel quite comfortable during the daylight hours.
What to Bring
- Winter coat (down is recommended)
- Winter boots (rated -25ºF/-31.6ºC)
- Fleece sweater
- Warm, long thermo-underwear
- Hat, mittens, scarf, warm fleece face-mask
In December Talkeetna celebrates "Winterfest", a month-long event that starts with the Tree-Decorating & Lighting Ceremony in the Village Park. The schedule of events includes entertainment, parade of lights, winter bazaar, live music, and Taste of Talkeetna. Don't miss the Bachelor Auction and Wilderness Woman Contest, a fund-raising event that draws visitors (and TV stations) from all over the world to our little town of Talkeetna.
Other winter events:
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Talkeetna is a perfect "base-camp" to catch a glimpse of the "Last Great Race"! The Official Re-Start is in nearby Willow on Sunday, March 6, 2016 and shuttle service is available from Talkeetna and back. After you've seen the mushers take off from Willow Lake, head back to Talkeetna for a hearty meal and brew! There is sure to be lots of chatter around town about the race and our own local Iditarod mushers! Spend the night in Talkeetna at one of the many lodging choices.
Oosik Classic Ski Race
A fun and funky 50K/25K cross country ski race and tour followed by a great party!
March 21, 2015-Celebrate the end of ski season Talkeetna style. The Oosik Classic puts the "country" back in cross country! This one-of-a kind classical race and tour features a new and different course each year with fun and unexpected technical challenges. Distances are approximate and trail conditions are variable. If the skies are clear, expect fantastic views of the Alaska Range! There is also a race for juniors so the kids can participate as well!