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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




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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