Alaska in March
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Feb 18, 2012 11:24 PM Last Post By: FelisPardalis
Jan 30, 2012 10:37 AM
Jan 30, 2012 1:13 PM
1Where do you want to go in Alaska? What do you want to do there? Do you understand that it will still be WINTER? Barrow is 1300 miles farther north than Ketchikan. Where you go will make a difference. You'll probably be able to freeze the balls off a brass monkey in Barrow faster than you can in Ketchikan.
Jan 30, 2012 1:29 PM
Jan 30, 2012 1:36 PM
3Today's http://www.msnbc.msn.com news reports that Alaska is having an almost record-breaking very cold winter, with temperatures in Anchorage for January below 0F degrees average. Fairbanks has been -50F degrees this month. The snow is not going to melt quickly at that rate, so you would need to plan on snow for March.
Not too many hostels are open for short-term clients in March. Even the hotels/lodges outside of Anchorage may be closed for the winter months, and not start up operations until May.
There are year-round shuttlebuses from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula -- Seward and Homer. Denali National Park will not have any lodging facilities and it will probably be just as cold as Fairbanks -- not good for snow camping or car-camping.
Check to see if the Iditarod sled-dog race starts at the time that you plan to be in Anchorage. That includes a week of Fur Rendezvous, with a carnival-like atmosphere in downtown Anchorage. The Yukon Quest sled-dog race starts in Fairbanks this weekend, and the Iditarod race to Nome starts just a short time after the finish of the Yukon Quest.
Google Alaska Hostels to find lodging.
Jan 30, 2012 1:56 PM
4Click here for weather averages:
As you see, and as noted above, there is huge variation on temperatures/snowfall/etc. throughout Alaska.
Jan 30, 2012 8:04 PM
Feb 18, 2012 11:24 PM
6If you like to ski, either backcountry, or alpine, you'll be able to do that. You can also drive around! Alaska will still be beautiful. Although there are few tourist activities running at that time, you might check out a drive to Valdez and a ferry ride to Cordova. It'll still be chilly in many parts, it's not frozen hell some people blather about. You'll have plenty of dark, so aurora is still very possible, especially if you spend a day or two around Fairbanks. Also, if you show up in a places like Cordova in March, it'll be all about you and the locals. Enjoy.
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