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24 Alaska winter photos that might entice you to take an off-season vacay

Alaska in the winter — not so bad when you realize just how drop-dead gorgeous it can be. These photos prove that nature is beautiful no matter what.

If you’re so inclined, consider a trip up to Anchorage — Creekwood Inn offers affordable long-term rentals now thru April.

Mt. Foraker and Denali from the air

 

Winter Sunset at Blueberry Hill in the Glen Alps, Anchorage

 

Bull moose foraging at Powerline Pass in the Glen Alps, Anchorage

 

The final turn at the Fur Rondy World Championship Dog Sled Race in Anchorage

 

20 Mile River, outside of Anchorage

 

Morning light on a cold day

 

Portage Lake / Glacier sunset in the winter

 

View of Anchorage from Earthquake Park on a frigid day in January

 

View from the Coastal Trail, at Point Woronzof, Anchorage

 

A biker near calving face of Knik Glacier, in the Chugach Mountains

 

The Alaska Railroad train between Curry and Hurricane Gulch

 

A hiker on the west summit of McHugh Peak in Chugach State Park (after a night of winter camping at -22*F!)

 

Winter solstice camping on McHugh Peak in the Chugach Mountains, Alaska

 

Climbing Mt. Elliot in the Chugach State Park, with Mt. Williwaw in background

 

Downtown Anchorage, 5th Avenue, winter

 

Lone moose, not very well camouflaged

 

Winter biking in Anchorage

 

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in Alaska

 

Moose!

 

Alaska mountains from way above

A bush plane on skis with Aurora Borealis in the sky

 

Girdwood Valley as seen from atop Mt. Alyeska

 

Turn left and you get this view of Turnagain Arm from the top of Mt. Aleyska

 

The same view from Mt. Alyeska, with fog hovering over Turnagain Arm

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