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fairbanks, where winter is cool!

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o deep inside Alaska, where the unparalleled meets the unexpected. Winter in Fairbanks emanates a quality of light, energy and warmth found nowhere else on Earth. It’s not just our northern lights, which will charm you, or our wide open spaces, which will change you. It’s also the shimmering Light from a three-story ice sculpture. It’s the glow from the windows of a rustic cabin five minutes from downtown. It’s the enthusiasm of a team of sled dogs, ready to run. Surrounded by pristine wilderness, Fairbanks still enjoys the amenities and Energy of a vibrant downtown, a thriving arts community, rich Arctic culture, a top-notch university and abundant business opportunities. And where else can you experience the Warmth of a natural hot springs in below zero weather? No matter what you choose to do during your stay here, you won’t leave without experiencing the light, energy and warmth of Fairbanks.

Pamper Yourself at 0o. .......10

The Mush Is On...................2 Light In The Night...............3

Discover Where Fairbanks Comes To Life....................12

Epics In Ice..........................4

Small Town—Big Events.....13

North Pole, Alaska...............5

Who Offers Winter Fun?.....18

Winter Wonderland.............6

Photo Contest...................27

Dress For Success.................7

Who to Call.......................29

Winter Fishing.....................8

What’s the Weather Like?...29

Inside

Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center.................1

Out And About..................11

For those who have seen the aurora, take home your personalized Aurora Certificate available from tour operators and the FCVB Visitor Information Center.

Penny Volino/ FCVB

Gateway To The Arctic.........9


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pened in the fall of 2008, the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center (MTCVC) serves as the regional visitor center for Fairbanks and Interior Alaska. The Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau, Alaska Public Lands Information Center and Tanana Chiefs Conference Cultural Programs have teamed up to provide all your visitor information needs in one stop. You’ll find knowledgeable and friendly staff and volunteers, racks of informative brochures, daily vacancy listings, local walking and driving tours, telephone and Internet access and answers to all of your questions. In addition to trip planning services, there is a theatre showing free films and programs on Alaska’s natural and cultural history and an exhibit hall (scheduled to open in the Fall of 2009) featuring 9,000 square feet of museum-quality interpretive displays and dioramas depicting Interior Alaskan people, landscapes and seasons. The center also offers an artisans’ workshop and demonstration area, an Elders’ gathering area, cultural and environmental education classroom, and an Alaska Geographic gift store. www.explorefairbanks.com info@explorefairbanks.com

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morRis thompson cultural & visitors center

MTCVC Hours Open 7 days a week year-round Winter Hours: 8am – 5pm daily, October through April Closed: Thanksgiving Day and Nov. 27, Christmas Day and Dec. 26, and New Year’s Day

For More Information Toll-free 1-800-327-5774 to request information or a free Visitors Guide (907) 456-5774 for travel information (907) 456-INFO for events hotline 1


the mush is on

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PAWS for Adventure

ong before there were snowmobiles, ATVs, and bush planes, winter travelers and residents in the remote Alaskan wilderness relied heavily on their dog teams for survival. Now Alaska’s state sport, dog mushing can be experienced in a variety of ways. Visit a working kennel and hear stories of survival from veteran mushers or fly to a remote lodge and spend the night camped out with your own team and guide. Try a 30-minute dog sled ride in a sled basket or learn to drive a team yourself in a half-day mushing school. Families can catch the action up close at the Jeff Studdert Racegrounds or on the frozen Chena River in February when we send off mushers and teams at the start of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race – 1,000 grueling miles along the gold rush trail from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. In March, downtown Fairbanks comes alive with the “grand-daddy of all sprint races,” the Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race. Wherever you see them, you can’t miss the energy of these dogs.

To find out when you can catch a local sled dog race, visit the Alaska Dog Mushers Association at www.sleddog.org or the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race at www. yukonquest.com

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light in the night

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piritual, haunting, and unpredictable, the northern lights here draw people from around the world. Fairbanks sits under what is called the “Auroral Oval” – a ring-shaped region around the North Pole that offers a great balance of occurrence, frequency and activity. These beautiful and mysterious curtains range in colors from green to red to purple, with the brightest and most common being a yellow-green. Intensity varies night to night with the best displays happening in the late evening to the early hours of the morning, late August to April. According to the Geophysical Institute, the best months for weather, darkness, and daytime activity are February and March. During any two-week winter period, there will be aurora visible an average of 9 out of 10 clear nights and an active aurora on 4 out of 10 nights. If you stay a minimum of three nights and are actively out during the evening hours, your chances of seeing the aurora increase to 90%. Take in the northern lights from a heated “aurorium” cabin, on an overnight dog sled trip, a snow cat tour to a panoramic vista, or on a flight above the Arctic Circle. Ask your front desk if they offer a wake-up call if the aurora appears. No guarantees, but the longer you’re here, the better your chances of seeing a great show.

For more infomation on the aurora, visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute at www.gedds. alaska.edu

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epics in ice

Ice blocks used for sculpting are harvested locally, range in thickness from 4 to 5 feet, and can weigh up to 7,500 lbs.

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ntricately detailed, larger-than-life sized figures – all carved within just a few days. You’ll find these magnificent ice sculptures all around the Fairbanks area throughout the winter months. They greet you in front of hotels, office buildings, shops, even the university. Angels, polar bears, ice chapels, and more. The Fairbanks area draws sculptors from around the globe to transform these huge chunks of ice into massive works of art. Visit North Pole in December for the annual Christmas in Ice event and Fairbanks in March for the World Ice Art Championships, featuring over 180 sculptures. And they’re not all just for viewing; wind your way through an ice maze, crawl through a sculpted ice tunnel, go for a spin in an ice bowl, or take a slippery ride down a giant ice slide. There’s just too much fun to be had to miss out on this Fairbanks winter tradition!


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north pole, alaska

Where the spirit of Christmas lives year-round!

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ver wonder what Santa Claus does when he’s not delivering goodies to boys and girls around the world? He’s preparing for the next holiday season in North Pole, Alaska, just 15 short miles south of Fairbanks! Take a drive down Santa Claus Lane, Snowman Lane, Holiday Lane and Kris Kringle Drive. Enjoy city streetlights decorated as candy canes and buildings painted with Christmas colors and designs. Sit on Santa’s lap and whisper your wish list to him in person. In December, there is no better place to celebrate the spirit of the holidays than in North Pole with the annual candle and tree lighting ceremonies and enjoy the activities at the Winter Festival and Christmas in Ice.

Have a letter sent to family and friends back home from the jolly old elf himself !

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winter wonderland

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Bob Wilkinson

Birch Hill Recreation Area is the largest and most widely used public trail system just a few miles northeast of downtown Fairbanks. Host to the likes of the US Ski Team, US Biathlon Team and the Canadian Ski Team, Birch Hill has hosted the Junior Olympic Cross Country Ski Championships. There are an estimated 35-40 km of trails with 12-15 km of lighted trails. World-class facilities for worldclass skiing.

Check out pages 19-27 to find who offers the winter activities you’re interested in.

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Birch Hill Recreation Area

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hite. As far as the eye can see. What do we do with all this ice and snow? Just to name a few things, there’s ice fishing, ice skating, ice sculpting, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snow boarding, ice hockey, sledding, skijoring, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, curling, dog mushing, winter mountain biking and horseback riding. Fairbanks provides countless opportunities to get out and see what winter really is all about. Be a spectator or an active participant. Fairbanks abounds with Alaska’s driest snow – great for skiing. Downhill enthusiasts can drive less than an hour to hit the slopes, and those looking for a cross-country fix will find it at Birch Hill or UAF (the University of Alaska Fairbanks). Whether you’re looking for an easy trail or a challenging, competitive course, you’ll find it in Fairbanks.


Gary Schultz/Chena Hot Springs Resort

dress for success From Head to Toe

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ayers are the best way to prepare for a winter outing. You can add or remove what you need, when you need it. Put an extra long-sleeved shirt or turtleneck and long-johns under your normal wear, and then top it off with a warm coat and snow pants. And don’t forget to wear a hat! You’ll lose one-half of your body heat out the top of your head if you don’t. Scarves or other neck wear are a good idea, too. Make sure your hands and fingers are covered. Mittens are warmer than gloves, and even better if they have a drawstring at the wrist. Smaller inner liners add an additional layer of warmth. Bring, buy, or rent good quality snow boots. Too tight means cold feet. Cold feet mean an unpleasant outing. Help to keep those toes nice and toasty by wearing warm socks that provide good insulation.

Bring your sunscreen! UV protection is still needed from reflection of the sun on the snow. Check the weather report or travel advisories before planning your day’s activities. You can adjust your plans as needed.

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winter fIshing

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Kristin Hunter

o fan of rod and reel should miss out on the chance to ice fish in the frozen north. Under all that ice, Alaska’s Interior lakes and rivers offer up a bounty of opportunities for catching fish. You’ll find burbot, northern pike, rainbow trout, silver salmon, Arctic grayling, Arctic char, and lake trout – some stocked. The larger lakes and rivers accessible by road are a great place to start, or meet up with a guide and snowmobile, cross country ski, snowshoe, or mush your way to one of the more remote lakes or rivers. Your guide will know the best spots and can cook up your fresh catch on a camp stove. Winter fishing does take a bit of extra effort, as you have to get through the ice with an auger, but the adventure is well worth it. You’ll want to check up on local fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a fishing license at one of the many sporting goods and retail stores before heading out. Most importantly, remember to dress extra warm!

For more information on sport fishing in Interior Alaska, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at www. sf.adfg.state. ak.us/sfinter/ public/Region3/

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gateway to the arctic

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“I get the feeling that it is possible to travel to the northern edge of Fairbanks and step directly into the wilderness. Instant wilderness. It happens when you drive a few miles out the Steese Highway, or the pipeline road known as the Dalton Highway. It happens when you board a bush plane bound for Yukon River country and Native villages in the close-by Arctic. I’ve known this edge-of-the-frontier feeling since my boyhood years in Fairbanks when I grew up here. I still love it, and I enjoy knowing that today’s visitors can experience it, too.” Stan Patty, travel writer

The Arctic Circle runs the parallel of latitude at 66° 33’ north. Here, the sun does not rise for one day during winter solstice, nor does it set for one day during summer solstice.

Troy Wayrynen, The Columbian (Vancouver, WA)

Authentic Alaskan

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ake Fairbanks your gateway as you venture north to the Arctic Circle and beyond. Follow the trans-Alaska oil pipeline along the infamous Dalton Highway “Haul Road” and over the mighty Yukon River. Explore the White Mountains National Recreation Area or the Brooks Mountain Range for spectacular panoramic vistas and great deep powder snow. Visit an ancient Inupiat Eskimo village or other rural communities accessible only by air. Walk the frozen shores of the Arctic Ocean at the northern-most point in North America. Schedule a trip to see polar bears or take a late evening northern lights tour, scanning the night sky for the aurora borealis.

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pamper yourself at 0o

Alaska has over 100 naturally occurring hot springs and fumaroles.

Denise Ferree/Chena Hot Springs Resort

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Denise Ferree/Chena Hot Springs Resort

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he many hot springs scattered throughout Interior Alaska – Chena, Manley, Hutlinana, and Tolovana, among others – have helped to mend the weary bodies and souls of gold miners and travelers for over a century. Now you can continue the tradition. Relax in the soothing comfort of natural, mineral waters bubbling up from deep within the earth, surrounded by a backdrop of spectacular snow-covered scenery. Hike, ski, snowshoe, or mush your way in to undeveloped springs or take a leisurely drive out of town to a full-service resort. People have long believed that the steaming waters of natural hot springs possess healing powers. What better way to pamper yourself than by soaking in an outdoor pool in the crisp winter air with the northern lights dancing above? Kicking back in one of these hot springs during the winter is an experience you’ll never forget. While most hot springs are tucked away in the remote wilderness, a few are accessible by road and offer different experiences and amenities.


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“Fairbanks is a place of treasures hidden in the midst of hills, river valleys and expansive skies. As a plein-air (paints in the open air) painter, Fairbanks is a treasure trove waiting to be captured on canvas. In all seasons, Fairbanks is outfitted with visual wonders and quiet havens to explore and paint. On winter evenings, the skies dance with aurora of all colors and shapes, never offering the same performance twice. Snow glistens off trees and valley floors – pink, blue and all shades of lavender. The rivers freeze in a variety of shapes and colors. Summer or winter, the light of Fairbanks is beautiful and inspiring.” Ellen Harney, local plein-air painter

Be sure to pick up a map of the Fairbanks area at the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center.

Nicholas Jacobs/FCVB

Authentic Alaskan

Patricia Fisher/UA Museum of the North

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ransportation providers by road, rail and air, will get you to where you want to go. Let the experts guide you or head out in a rental car or call a shuttle. Tours of the city and Alaska Native villages, dog mushing, aurora viewing, and museums can be arranged. See the world’s only restored Ice Age bison mummy and fist-sized gold nuggets at the university’s museum. Take a winter walk at a waterfowl refuge and see chickadees, redpolls and grosbeaks – more often spotted in winter than in summer. Plan your own way to discover the Authentic Alaska.

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Many art galleries and specialty stores participate in First Fridays, offering special shows or receptions on the first Friday evening of each month.

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UAF Photo by Todd Paris

University of Alaska Museum of the North

ndoors, you may find yourself surprised at all that Fairbanks has to offer. After a day of outdoor adventure, sit back and take in a light opera, ballet, theatre, concert or symphony performance by talented local and internationally renowned performers. In March, experience a part of Alaska’s rich Native culture with contemporary and indigenous art and music at the Festival of Native Arts. Spend an afternoon shopping and you’re sure to find that perfect made-in-Alaska gift to take home – vivid watercolor paintings, stunning wildlife photography, exceptional jewelry, beautiful pottery, and much, much more. Enjoy an evening on the town with dinner and a night of dancing. With the assortment of restaurants around town, you’ll find a venue to please any taste.

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discover where fairbanks comes to lIfe


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small town—big events 2009-2010 Winter Calendar

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Nicholas Jacobs/FCVB. “The Earring” sculpted by Junichi Nakamura, Keven Laughlinn

“My husband and I came to Alaska the way many others do. He got orders transferring us to Ft. Wainwright. We begged the Army to send us to Germany instead. Eighteen years later, Alaska is our home, and we wouldn’t consider living anywhere else. Living in these unique conditions makes us the type of people who don’t sweat the small stuff. We aren’t ruled by the latest fashion trends. We are puzzled by people who walk down the street talking into their cell-phone earpieces. And the idea of driving 70-miles-per-hour bumper to bumper is terrifying to us. What is most special about Interior Alaska is the relaxed pace, the warmth of our people, and the peace that comes from the miles and miles and miles of untouched wilderness in our backyard.” Cindy Schumaker, project planner

Courtesy Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

Authentic Alaskan

here else can you find an outhouse race on skis, a snowmobile tug-of-war, a symphony performance, giant ice sculptures, championship sled dog racing, an Athabascan fiddlers festival, a parka parade, fiddle and folk music concerts, theatrical performances, curling bonspiels, fireworks displays, a Division I hockey tournament, winter solstice celebrations, snowmobilers pulling skiers in high-speed racing, and an Alaska Native arts festival with traditional singing and dancing? Fairbanks, of course! Don’t miss our exciting winter season which includes Winter Carnival in March. Indoors or outside, our exceptional calendar of events features activities for all interests, so come out and play!

For the most up-to-date information, call the events hotline at (907) 456-INFO, visit www. explorefairbanks. com or visit the individual event web sites. All dates subject to change, please confirm event dates prior to making your travel plans.

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October 2009

At the Davis Concert Hall. (907) 474-5733, www.fairbankssymphony.org

9-11 International Sled Dog Symposium Workshops, presentations and trade fair on a range of sled dog, mushing and skijoring topics. (907) 457-MUSH, www.sleddog.org

11 Cantus Men’s vocal chamber ensemble at the Davis Concert Hall. (907) 474-8081, www.fairbanksconcert.org

16-17 Brice Alaska Goal Rush Division I men’s ice hockey tournament featuring the Alaska Nanooks. (907) 474-5977, http://alaskananooks.cstv.com

17 23rd Annual International Friendship Day Celebration of the local community’s cultural diversity. Stage performances, ethnic food booths and informational tables. (907) 474-0928, phxseal16@yahoo.com

24 Creepy Critters Discover Alaska’s creepy critters through activities and crafts at the Creamer’s Field Farmhouse Visitor Center. (907) 452-5162, www.creamersfield.org

November

1 Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra At the Davis Concert Hall. (907) 474-5733, www.fairbankssymphony.org

3 Lakota Sioux Dance Theater Performance celebrating the culture of the Lakota people at Hering Auditorium. (907) 474-8081, www.fairbanksconcert.org

5-8 Yukon Title Cash Spiel Top curling teams compete in one of the largest cash spiels in the US. Heated spectator gallery. (907) 452-CURL, www.curlfairbanks.org

11-14 Athabascan Fiddlers Festival Native musicians gather in Fairbanks annually for a fun-filled celebration. (907) 388-5651

13-22 High School Musical Stage musical based on the smash hit movie. Fri.Sun. Call (907) 456-FLOT for times, www.flot.org

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Imago Theater’s ZooZoo January 24

27-28 23rd Annual Rookie Spiel Two fun-filled days of curling for new players and those trying new positions. Heated spectator gallery. (907) 452-CURL, www.curlfairbanks.org

28 Thanksgiving for the Birds Family fun making bird feeders out of recycled materials at Creamer’s Field Farmhouse Visitor Center. (907) 452-5162, www.creamersfield.org

29 Eileen Ivers Holiday Concert Celtic fiddling performance at Hering Auditorium. (907) 474-8081, www.fairbanksconcert.org

December

3-31 Christmas in Ice North Pole ice sculpting competition, kids’ park, and a one-horse open sleigh. (907) 488-2281, www.northpolealaska.com

4-6 Nutcracker Ballet The holiday classic presented by the North Star Ballet at Hering Auditorium. (907) 451-8800, http://thenorthstarballet.org/

5 Tree Lighting and Caroling at Creamer’s Field Followed by cookies and hot drinks at the Creamer’s Field Farmhouse Visitor Center. (907) 452-5162, www.creamersfield.org

5 North Pole Holiday Bazaar and Community Fireworks Display Local crafts and a brilliant fireworks display at North Pole Plaza Mall. (907) 488-2242, www.northpolechamber.us

5-6 Christmas Spiel Club level competition. Sign up as a team or as an individual and be placed on a team. Heated spectator gallery. (907) 452-CURL, www.curlfairbanks.org

5-19 Holiday Ornament Making Using natural materials. Saturdays, noon-4pm at Creamer’s Field Farmhouse Visitor Center. (907) 452-5162, www.creamersfield.org

Courtesy Fairbanks Concert Association

4 Arctic Chamber Orchestra


6 Design Alaska Holiday Concert At the Davis Concert Hall. (907) 474-5733, www.fairbankssymphony.org

6 North Pole Candle Lighting Local holiday entertainment, crowning of the King and Queen, and the ceremonial lighting of the North Pole City candle. At North Pole High School. (907) 488-2242, www.northpolechamber.us

11-13 Amahl and the Night Visitors Opera of the classic holiday tale of a shepherd boy and three kings. Pioneer Park Centennial Theatre. (907) 457-2780, www.operafairbanks.org

18 Christmas Party for Children with Disabilities Each child receives a gift and a free buffet. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 6:30pm each night. Chatanika Lodge, 30 miles north of Fairbanks. (907) 389-2164

19 Christmas Party for Children See description above.

19 30th Annual Sing-It-Yourself-Messiah Sponsored by the Fairbanks Choral Society. 3pm at the First Presbyterian Church. (907) 456-1144, sing@mosquitonet.com

19 Winter Solstice Nature Walk

6 Yukon Quest 300 Sled Dog Race This 300-mile race starts in Fairbanks and runs to Circle, Alaska. (907) 452-7954, www.yukonquest.com

13 East Village Opera Company Reviving opera’s greatest hits at Hering Auditorium. (907) 474-8081, www.fairbanksconcert.org

20-21 Gold Run 2-dog skijoring, 6-dog, and 10-dog classes. At Mushers’ Hall on Farmers Loop Road. Indoor and outdoor spectator viewing. (907) 457-MUSH, www.sleddog.org

21 Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra At the Davis Concert Hall. (907) 474-5733, www.fairbankssymphony.org

21-27 27th Annual Tesoro Iron Dog The longest, toughest snowmobile race in the world. From Big Lake, to Nome, to Fairbanks, finishing on the Chena River. (907) 563-4414, www.irondog.org

23-Mar 28 World Ice Art Championships International ice sculpting event featuring over 180 sculptures. Sculpting begins February 23rd. Best viewing of finished sculptures: March 4-14. (907) 451-8250, www.icealaska.com

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Take a walk on the Refuge trails on the shortest day of the year. Cookies and hot drinks after! Creamer’s Field Farmhouse Visitor Center, 1-3pm. (907) 452-5162, www.creamersfield.org

21 Winter Solstice Celebration Riverfront lighting, sleigh rides, caroling, music and winter fun in downtown Fairbanks. (907) 452-8671, www.downtownfairbanks.com

January 2010

24 Imago Theatre’s ZooZoo Mask theatre featuring frogs, polar bears, rabbits, and more! At Hering Auditorium. (907) 474-8081, www.fairbanksconcert.org

February

6 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race 1,000-mile (1,600 km) sled dog race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Starts on the Chena River near the Cushman Street Bridge. (907) 452-7954, www.yukonquest.com World Ice Art Championships February 23-March 28

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Festival of Native Arts March 25-27

25-27 ASAA 2010 Nordic Ski State Championships The Nordic Ski State Championships for all high schools. Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center. (907) 563-3723, www.asaa.org/sportsactivities/nordicski/

26-28 10th Annual Denali Winterfest Celebrate winter in Denali National Park and Preserve. Dog sled rides, 5k family fun run/walk/ bike/ski/skijor/snowshoe, spectacular scenery and much more! (907) 683-1330, www.denaliborough. govoffice.com

27-Mar 7 12th Annual Farthest North Jewish Film Festival International, classic and feature films sponsored by the Congregation Or Hatzafon. (907) 456-1002, www.mosquitonet.com/~orhatzafon

March

5-7 Jr. North American Championship Sled Dog Race Dog mushing championship for mushers ages 2-18. Held at Mushers’ Hall on Farmers Loop Road. Free admission. (907) 490-4798, www.fjdma.org

6-7 Art Expo An exhibition showcasing Alaskan arts, at the Bear Gallery, Alaska Centennial Center, Pioneer Park. (907) 456-6485, www.fairbanksarts.org

6-7 Nenana Ice Classic Tripod Days Raising of the Tripod on the Tanana River for Alaska’s Largest Guessing Game. Games, contests and entertainment for the entire family. In Nenana, 55 miles south of Fairbanks. (907) 832-5446, www.nenanaakiceclassic.com

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10-13 North American Basketball Tournament Sponsored by the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, at the UAF Patty Center. (907) 456-6646, www.weio.org

12-13 Gene’s Chrysler Limited North American Championship Sled Dog Race Teams compete in skijoring, 4-dog, 6-dog, and 8-dog classes. At Mushers’ Hall on Farmers Loop Road. Indoor and outdoor spectator viewing. Free admission. (907) 457-MUSH, www.sleddog.org

13 or 20 Sonot Kkaazoot Cross Country Ski Race 50 km mass start, free technique cross country ski race. Starts and ends on the Chena River near the Cushman Street Bridge. (907) 474-4242, www.nscfairbanks.org

13-14 Junior Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race 130-mile sled dog race for mushers ages 14-17. Starts in Fairbanks and runs to Two Rivers and North Pole, finishing in Fairbanks the next day. (907) 452-7954, www.yukonquest.com

17 Jeff Studdert Passenger Race Dog teams consist of one dog for every 40 pounds combined weight of musher and passenger. At Mushers’ Hall on Farmers Loop Road. (907) 457-MUSH, www.sleddog.org

19-21 65th Annual GCI Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race The world’s fastest mushers compete in the oldest continuously run sled dog race in the world, beginning at 1pm. Starts and finishes downtown. (907) 457-MUSH, www.sleddog.org

19-28 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 1979 Tony Award-winning opera/musical. Fri.-Sun. Call (907) 456-FLOT for times, www.flot.org


21 Parka Parade Showcasing summer and winter parkas, after the sled dog races in downtown Fairbanks. (907) 456-6485, www.fairbanksarts.org

25-27 Festival of Native Arts Celebrate Alaska Native culture with traditional dancing and singing. See Native arts and crafts on display and for sale. (907) 474-6889, www.uaf.edu/festival

27 Interior Alaska Mayors’ Awards for the Arts Recognizing local contributions to the arts. (907) 456-6485, www.fairbanksarts.org

27 Les Yeux Noirs Gypsy and Jewish music on acoustic and electric instruments at Hering Auditorium. (907) 474-8081, www.fairbanksconcert.org

27-28 Chatanika Days Outhouse races and snowmobile tug-of-war in the historic gold mining town of Chatanika, 30 miles north of Fairbanks. (907) 389-2164

28 Arctic Chamber Orchestra At the Davis Concert Hall. (907) 474-5733, www.fairbankssymphony.org

April

1-4 75th Annual International Curling Bonspiel Come curl with us! Commemorative pins, shirts and souvenirs. Prizes awarded for men’s and women’s teams. (907) 452-CURL, www.curlfairbanks.org

9 Sharon Isbin & Mark O’Connor Violin and guitar performance of American folk music at Hering Auditorium. (907) 474-8081, www.fairbanksconcert.org

11 The Alaska Trio Chamber Music Recital At the Davis Concert Hall. (907) 474-5733, www.fairbankssymphony.org

26 Ira Glass Critically acclaimed radio producer and host at Hering Auditorium. (907) 474-8081, www.fairbanksconcert.org

May

1 Spring Migration Celebration Talks, birding walks, wildlife viewing and activities during the peak of bird migration. Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. (907) 452-5162, www.creamersfield.org

1 Chena River Run First 5K run of the season benefiting local community service projects, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fairbanks. (907) 452-8986, www.fairbanksrotary.org

14 Alaska Visitor Industry’s Walk for Charity Feast on fabulous food on this fun 3K graze through downtown Fairbanks. (907) 459-3758, www.alaskacharitywalk.org

21-22 ASAA 2010 Track and Field State Championships The State Track and Field Championships for all high schools. Hosted by Lathrop High School. www.asaa.org/sportsactivities/trackfield/

7-11 25th Annual Arctic Man Ski & Sno-Go Classic For the most up-to-date information, call the events hotline at (907) 456-INFO, visit www.explorefairbanks.com or visit the individual event web sites. All dates subject to change, please confirm event dates prior to making your travel plans. Iron Dog Volunteers

5.5-mile ski race with snowmobile partner who pulls the skier 2.25 miles between both courses. The Ultimate Adrenaline Rush! (907) 456-2626, www.arcticman.com

Tesoro Iron Dog February 21-27

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Pete Redshaw/Chena Hot Springs Resort Northern Alaska Tour Company

“I love living in Alaska – especially Fairbanks! There are so many things to do here, but most of all I love the people! This is really a friendly place. We take care of each other (and strangers) in so many different ways. That is part of what makes this place a real community. I can also be and do just about anything here: singing, quilting, art classes, community service – participation at any level is welcome. Fairbanks is my home and I love it!” Corlis Taylor, quilter and community volunteer

For more help planning your winter vacation, visit us online at www.explore fairbanks.com Lisa Johnson

Authentic Alaskan

iscover all that Fairbanks and its neighbors have to offer in winter. Conveniently divided by geography and organized into grids, in the Winter Guide you can quickly find the establishment that provides your favorite winter activity. Find out who does Arctic Circle, aurora, and city tours. Schedule an outdoor adventure – snowmobiling, dog mushing, snowshoeing, biking, or skiing. Try an adventure with ice fishing or curling. Check out the local arts and entertainment scene. Go flightseeing or take a soak in a natural hot springs. Take in one of our winter events. And if you need to rent clothing or gear, you’ll find that too! There’s something for everyone – now, let’s plan some winter fun!


1st Alaska Outdoor School, LLC

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PO Box 84529, Fairbanks, AK 99708 (907) 590-5900, Fax: (907) 458-2034 info@1stalaskaoutdoorschool.com www.1stalaskaoutdoorschool.com Have fun with aurora viewing, dogmushing, snowmachining, Arctic Circle and hot springs tours. Oct 1-Apr 15.

4-AAAA Care B&B/Inn

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557 Fairbanks St, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 479-2447, Toll Free: (800) 478-2705 pat@aaaacare.com, www.aaaacare.com Free shuttle. Near airport/UAF. Aurora viewing. We arrange aurora viewing from our B&B/tours. Hi-speed Internet FREE. Full kitchen.

7 Gables Inn & Suites

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4312 Birch Lane, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 479-0751, Fax: (907) 479-2229 gables7@alaska.net, www.7gablesinn.com Free cross-country skis, winter gear, snowshoes to our guests or available for rent to non-guests. Oct 15-Apr 1.

A Taste of Alaska Lodge

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551 Eberhardt Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 488-7855, Fax: (907) 488-3772 tasteak@mosquitonet.com, www.atasteofalaska.com 15 minutes to Fairbanks. Open field aurora viewing, $20/person. Includes hot beverage, warm area. Reservations req. Aug 15-Apr 5.

A&P Tours, Inc.

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PO Box 101068, Anchorage, AK 99510 430 K St, Anchorage (907) 272-9401, Fax: (907) 272-0251 aptours@alaska.net, www.aptoursalaska.com We offer tours including aurora viewing and many other activities from September-May. Rent winter gear. Aug 15-Apr 15.

Airlink Shuttle & Tours

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1159 Hess Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 452-3337, Fax: (907) 452-6543 airlink@acsalaska.net Local area shuttle. Statewide charter/tours. Quality service, affordable price. Oct 1-Apr 1.

Alaska Dog Mushers Association, Inc.

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Mile 4 Farmers Loop Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 457-MUSH (6874) adma@sleddog.org, www.sleddog.org Watch Alaska’s most exciting sport from the comfort of Musher’s Hall! Open daily, weekend races through April. Dec 1-Apr 15. www.explorefairbanks.com

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Alaska Heritage House

410 Cowles St, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 388-9595, Fax: (907) 456-4101 alaskaheritagehouse@mac.com, www.ahhtour.com Tour 1916 living museum. Take a glimpse of far north high society. $10 adults/$5 (7-17 yrs).

Alaska Iron Dog Adventures

PO Box 10191, Fairbanks, AK 99710 (907) 378-3228 irondogadventures@hotmail.com www.irondogadventures.com Guided snowmachine adventures. Intro tours to custom trips. 15 minutes from Fairbanks. Gear provided. Nov 1-Apr 1.

Alaska Rag Company

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603 Lacey St, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 451-4401, Fax: (907) 451-4401 info@alaskaragco.com, www.alaskaragco.com Free weaving demonstrations anytime in our all Alaskan-made gift shop. Located right downtown!

Alaska Railroad: Scenic Rail Vacations

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1745 Johansen Expressway, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 265-2494, Toll Free: (800) 544-0552 reservations@akrr.com, www.AlaskaRailroad.com Experience Alaska’s best Winter Adventure on the Aurora Winter Train. Complete vacations available. Sept-May.

Alaskan Arctic Turtle Tours

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PO Box 60866, Fairbanks, AK 99706 (907) 457-1798, Toll Free: (888) 456-1798 wildalaska@alaska.net, www.wildalaska.info Tours to Arctic Circle, Coldfoot, Wiseman, Brooks Range, ANWR & Prudhoe Bay adventures.

Alaskan Dog Sled & Horse Adventures

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PO Box 10805, Fairbanks, AK 99710 (907) 457-3601 heavyhorse@gci.net, www.heavyhorsefarm.com Enjoy an old-fashioned horse-drawn sleigh ride/ dog sled ride. 10 min from town. Transportation avail. Oct 1-Apr 15.

Arctic Travelers Gift Shop

201 Cushman St, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 456-7080, Fax: (907) 452-4917 arcticgifts@hotmail.com www.arctictravelersgiftshop.com The most complete gift shop in the Interior. Aurora-related gifts, ivory, t-shirts, jewelry. Open 7 days a week.

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Aurora Borealis Lodge

PO Box 75147, Fairbanks, AK 99707 (907) 389-2812, Fax: (907) 389-2812 info@auroracabin.com, www.auroracabin.com View the aurora from a handmade log lodge located atop Cleary Summit. Snowshoe tours during the day. Sept 1-Mar 31.

Ballroom Dance Club of Fairbanks, Inc.

PO Box 81197, Fairbanks, AK 99708 (907) 456-3331 info@ballroomfairbanks.org www.ballroomfairbanks.org Many styles of social dance classes, regular social dances & free practices. Sept 15-May 5.

Birch Hill Recreation Area and Cross Country Ski Center

101 Wilderness Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 457-4488, Fax: (907) 457-4489 birchhill@co.fairbanks.ak.us, www.co.fairbanks.ak. us/ParksandRecreation/BirchHill/ 32 km of trails. New ski chalet with dressing and waxing rooms and a beautiful view of the stadium. Oct 15-Apr 15.

Carlson Center

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2010 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 451-7800, Fax: (907) 451-1195 kbayer@co.fairbanks.ak.us, www.carlson-center.com Northern Alaska’s premier entertainment, sports and meeting facility. Catch the excitement!

Chandalar River Outfitters

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PO Box 74877, Fairbanks, AK 99707 (907) 488-8402, Fax: (907) 488-8787 kckoontz@alaska.net www.chandalarranchalaska.com Ice fishing in area lakes. Rainbow, char, grayling, salmon and pike. $175 includes license, transportation and lunch. Specialty options. Lodging available.

Chena Hot Springs Resort

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56.5 Mile Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK (907) 451-8104, Fax: (907) 451-8151 reservations@chenahotsprings.com www.chenahotsprings.com Internationally renowned aurora viewing and natural hot springs. Year-round Ice Museum. Winter activities: Nov 1-Apr 1.

Chez World Cooking School

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455 3rd Ave, Ste 107, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 328-9030, Fax: (907) 328-9030 support@chez-world.com, www.chez-world.com Truly Tastefully Entertaining Alaskan experience. 2 ½ hour demonstration/hands-on class. Indicates winter apparel available for tour participants

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Earthtone Huskies B&B/ Dog Sled Tours

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5232 Kanuti Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712 (907) 488-8074 earthtonehuskies@yahoo.com, www.earthtonehuskies.com/bb/bb.htm Friendly sled dogs. 1/2 hour sled ride through lake & boreal forest trails. Dog yard tours. Two Rivers. Dec 1-Apr 15.

Explore Tours

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999 E Tudor Rd, Ste 200, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 786-0192, Fax: (907) 563-8159 info@exploretours.com, www.exploretours.com Extraordinary Alaska Adventures! Northern lights, arctic adventures, hot springs, lodges, custom tours and more!

Fairbanks Community Museum

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410 Cushman St, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 457-3669 www.fairbankshistorymuseum.com Exhibits on dog mushing, 1967 flood, winter in Fairbanks, mining and early Fairbanks. It’s free!

Fairbanks Concert Association • PO Box 80547, Fairbanks, AK 99708 (907) 474-8081, Fax: (907) 474-0266 concert@acsalaska.net, www.fairbanksconcert.org Highly diverse, international performing arts series, in its 62nd season. Call for dates/details. Sept-May.

Fairbanks Curling Club, Inc.

1962 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 452-2875, Fax: (907) 457-3345 www.curlfairbanks.org Nightly league play, Rookie Spiel, International Bonspiel, Cash Spiel. Heated spectator gallery. See website for event dates. Oct-Apr.

Fairbanks Drama Association • 1852 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 451-4378, Fax: (907) 456-1888 www.fairbanksdrama.org Fairbanks Drama Association’s 2009-2010 performing season. Call 456-PLAY for tickets. Sept-May.

Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre

PO Box 72787, Fairbanks, AK 99707 (907) 456-3568 fairbankslightoperatheatre@yahoo.com www.flot.org Live orchestras & a rich gamut of musical theatre, lovingly referred to as “The Broadway of the North.” Nov-June.

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Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival

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PO Box 82510, Fairbanks, AK 99708-2510 (907) 474-8869, Fax: (907) 479-4329 festival@alaska.net, www.fsaf.org Winter edition: Cabaret Workshop/January. Gospel Choir/February. Singing Workshops/ March. Call for dates. Jan-Mar.

Fairbanks Symphony Association

PO Box 82104, Fairbanks, AK 99708 (907) 474-5733, Fax: (907) 474-5147 fysymph@uaf.edu, www.fairbankssymphony.org Presenting world renowned guest artists in Fairbanks. Oct-Apr.

Fjell Blikk Hytte - Mountain Lodge & Knoll House

1025 Ridge Pointe Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 474-4353 fjell@gci.net, http://home.gci.net/~fjell Stunning views, aurora viewing, remote setting, convenient to winter activities, period furnishings.

Friends of Creamer’s Field Visitor Center

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PO Box 81065, Fairbanks, AK 99708 Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge 1300 College Road, Fairbanks (907) 452-5162, Fax: (907) 452-5300 creamers@ptialaska.net, www.creamersfield.org Visitor Center: Saturdays, Noon-4pm or by appointment. Groomed multi-use winter trails always open.

Grand View Bed and Breakfast

PO Box 80162, Fairbanks, AK 99708 (907) 479-3388, Fax: (907) 479-3389 gvbandb@ptialaska.net, www.grandview-bb.com If you can’t stand the cold, get into our kitchen. Culinary classes with some of Fairbanks’ masters. Oct-May.

The Great Alaskan Bowl Company

4630 Old Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 474-9663, Fax: (907) 479-3067 Toll Free: (800) 770-4222 info@woodbowl.com, www.woodbowl.com All Alaska-made products! View our manufacturing process & visit our gift store. Beautiful Birch Bowls!

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Ice Alaska’s “2010 World Ice Art Championships”

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PO Box 83134, Fairbanks, AK 99708 (907) 451-8250, Fax: (907) 456-1951 iceart@icealaska.com, www.icealaska.com International Competition Feb 23 - March 5, 2010. Best viewing: March 4-14. Family fun: ice slides & mazes. Open through March 28, weather permitting.

If Only . . . A Fine Store

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215 Cushman St, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 457-6659, Fax: (907) 455-6659 ifonly@acsalaska.net, www.IfOnlyAlaska.com A premier shopping experience; First Friday arts & crafts features; signature events; holiday music.

Lavelle’s Bistro

575 1st Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 450-0555, Fax: (907) 450-0444 eagle@lavellesbistro.com, www.lavellesbistro.com Come out of the cold! Enjoy the warmth of the Interior. Lavelle’s has weekly wine tastings.

The Lodge at Black Rapids

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1307 Windfall Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709 227.4 Richardson Hwy, 38 Mi S, Delta Junction Toll Free: (877) 825-9413, Fax: (877) 825-9143 blackrapids@ureach.com, www.blackrapids.org Authentic timber frame lodge offers quiet luxury with views of the Alaska Mountain Range & wildlife. By reservation only in winter.

McKinley Flight Tours

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Toll Free: 888-733-2899, (907) 322-8812 Fax: (907) 733-2499 info@talkeetnaaero.com, www.talkeetnaaero.com Mt. McKinley flight tours from Fairbanks. Native village, Arctic Circle and remote homestead tours. Dec 15-Mar 15.

Northern Alaska Tour Company

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PO Box 82991, Fairbanks, AK 99708-2991 (907) 474-8600, Fax: (907) 474-4767 adventure@northernalaska.com www.northernalaska.com Winter in Alaska’s Arctic! Arctic Circle, aurora tours, Coldfoot. One-day & overnight tours. Oct 1-Apr 30.

Opera Fairbanks

PO Box 80305, Fairbanks, AK 99708 (907) 457-2780 operafairbanks@ak.net, www.operafairbanks.org Farthest-north professional opera company in US. 2009 marks the 3rd season for this dynamic company. Presenting Amahl & the Night Visitors Dec 11-13.

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Out in Alaska

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PO Box 82096, Fairbanks, AK 99708 (877) 374-9958, Fax: (907) 452-8980 tim@outinalaska.com, www.outinalaska.com Experience the winter wonderland of Alaska on an exciting tour with Out in Alaska’s fun local guides. Oct 15-Apr 15.

PAWS for Adventure Sled Dog Tours

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PO Box 10116, Fairbanks, AK 99710 (907) 378-3630 info@pawsforadventure.com www.pawsforadventure.com Choose your mushing adventure! Drive your own team or ride. Multi-day options. Large groups welcome! Oct 15-Apr 1.

Pioneer Museum & Big Stampede Show

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PO Box 70176, Fairbanks, AK 99707 (907) 456-8579 pioneermuseum@mosquitonet.com www.akpub.com/akttt Rusty Heurlin’s gold rush murals. Museum of early Fairbanks settlement and development. Sept-May by request.

The Pump House Restaurant and Saloon

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796 Chena Pump Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 479-8452, Fax: (907) 479-8432 mail@pumphouse.com, www.pumphouse.com Enjoy our winter weekly Wednesday night Karaoke 8pm-midnight. National historic setting with great food.

Santa Claus House

101 St. Nicholas Dr, North Pole, AK 99705-7695 (800) 588-4078, Fax: (907) 488-5601 info@santaclaushouse.com www.santaclaushouse.com Most unique theme shop with Christmas gifts, decorations, toys, apparel & Original Letter from Santa!

Sled Dog Adventures

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PO Box 83601, Fairbanks, AK 99708 (907) 479-5090, Fax: (907) 479-5090 dogmushing@mosquitonet.com www.sleddogadventures.com Exciting rides, tours and mushing school for all levels with the longest-running Interior tour company. Oct-Apr.

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Sun Dog Express Dog Sled Tours

PO Box 10663, Fairbanks, AK 99710 (907) 479-6983, Fax: (907) 479-6983 sleddog@mosquitonet.com www.mosquitonet.com/~sleddog/ Life-long Alaskans show you the traditional form of transportation known as dog sledding! Fully guided or mush your own team. Individuals & groups welcome. Weather permitting.

University of Alaska Museum • • • of the North 907 Yukon Dr, Fairbanks, AK (907) 474-7505, Fax: (907) 474-5469 museum@uaf.edu, www.uaf.edu/museum Breathtaking architecture, award-winning exhibit galleries, aurora, museum store, audio guide.

Warbelow’s Air Ventures, Inc. • •

3758 University Ave S, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 474-0518, Toll Free: (800) 478-0812 tours@warbelows.com, www.warbelows.com Arctic journeys above the Arctic Circle to Brooks Range Mts. Village tours, ancient mountains, tundra. Oct 1-Apr 15.

Wedgewood Resort

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212 Wedgewood Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 452-1442, Fax: (907) 451-8184 hotels@fdifairbanks.com www.fountainheadhotels.com Home to Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, nature trails for birding, x-country skiing & aurora viewing.

Wilderness Enterprises

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PO Box 16075, Two Rivers, AK 99716 (907) 488-7517, Fax: (907) 488-7517 letarte@alaska.net, www.wildernessenterprises.com Experience the Real Alaska. Providing ice fishing throughout wild Alaska since 1979. Jan 1-Apr 15.

Wright Air Service

3842 University Ave S, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 474-0502, Fax: (907) 474-0375 was@alaska.net, www.wrightair.net Flightseeing/air charter. See Interior Alaska as never before!

Ya Ya’s Alaskan Fine Art & Original Gifts

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1339 Kalakaket St, Fairbanks, AK 99709 (907) 322-2494, Fax: (907) 458-0234 martyhintz@gci.net, www.yayasgallery.com Naulalria shares her culture through storytelling, Yup’ik drumming & dance, woodcrafts, masks, paintings, handcrafted jewelry.

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Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race

550 1st Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907) 452-7954, Fax: (907) 452-7959 yukonquest@mosquitonet.com www.yukonquest.com A 1000-mile sled dog race from Fairbanks, AK, to Whitehorse, YT. The 27th Yukon Quest will start in Fairbanks, February 6, 2010.

Denali Neighbors Maclaren River Lodge • • • • • • Mile 42 Denali Hwy, Paxson, AK (907) 822-5444 maclarenlodge@starband.net www.maclarenlodge.com Great snowmachining! Groomed trails, gas, oil, food, beer, wine and lodging. Great hospitality! Nov 1-Apr 30.

Arctic Neighbors Bettles Lodge & Air Service

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Box 27, Bettles, AK 99726 (907) 479-7018, Toll Free: (800) 770-5111 bttlodge@alaska.net, www.bettleslodge.com Arctic Circle & aurora viewing tours, dogsledding, snowmobiling, snowshoe & more. Best aurora in AK! Oct 1-Apr 8.

Coldfoot Camp

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PO Box 81512, Fairbanks, AK 99708 (907) 474-3500, Toll Free: (866) 474-3400 adventure@northernalaska.com www.coldfootcamp.com North of the Arctic Circle, under the Auroral Oval and in the Brooks Mountain Range. Packages available! Oct 1-Apr 30.

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Interior Neighbors Denali Highway Cabins/Blue Kennels Dogsledding Tours

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HC 02 Box 7292, Paxson, AK 99586-9205 Mile 2, Paxson (907) 822-5972 denalihwy@cvalaska.net, www.denalihwy.com Iditarod musher-led multi-day dogsledding. Luxury cabins. Homemade meals. Snowcoach tours. Groomed trails. Nov 1-Apr 30.

Alaskan Neighbors Alaskatours.com

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413 G St, Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 277-3000, Fax: (907) 272-2532 mytrip@alaskatours.com, www.alaskatours.com Come experience winter in Alaska! Unique tours include aurora borealis, hot springs & dog sledding. Oct 15-Apr 1.

HAI Shirokuma Tours, LLC

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PO Box 201961, Anchorage, AK 99520 (907) 258-4690, Fax: (907) 258-4691 hai4690@haishirokuma.com www.haishirokuma.com Aurora tours to arctic adventures & hotel reservations. Japanese speaking guides/staff available. Sept 15-Apr 15.

An interactive Fairbanks Visitors Guide and Winter Guide are available online at www.explorefairbanks.com along with additional information to help in planning your visit.

The Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau (FCVB) has made every effort to provide accurate listings. FCVB does not guarantee the accuracy of the listing presented, and is not responsible for changes, omissions or errors. Requests for more detailed information should be made to the company in the listing. Member listings are as of 6/09. FCVB is not responsible for the quality of goods or services provided by firms or organizations listed in the 2009-2010 Winter Guide nor does it make any endorsement, representation or warranty for any listing. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without written permission from FCVB. The FCVB retains right of refusal on any advertisement submitted. Project Coordinator: Angie Cerny Assistance from: Kasey Nightingale, Karen Lundquist, Karen Gaunt, Karen Lane, Charity Gadapee Designed by: Jill Marshall, Marshall Arts Design, Fairbanks

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who to call

Find that Important Phone Number Fairbanks Visitor Information (907) 456-5774 or (800) 327-5774

Alaska Visitor Information............. (907) 929-2200 Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game Fishing Hotline.............................. (907) 459-7385 Hunting Hotline............................ (907) 459-7386

John Dykes

Alaska Public Lands Information Center (Denali Park info)........................ (907) 459-3730

Alaska Marine Hwy.......................... (800) 642-0066

Directory Assistance Local.......................................................................411 Statewide......................................... (907) 555-1212 Events Recorded local...............................(907) 456-INFO Federal Aviation Administration (907) 474-0137 or (800) 992-7433

Denise Ferree/Chena Hot Springs Resort

Customs U.S................................................... (907) 474-0307 Canada............................................ (867) 862-7230

Highway Conditions....................511 (in-state only) Hospital.............................................. (907) 452-8181 Police, Fire & Medical Emergency.......................911 State Troopers.................................... (907) 451-5100 (Rural emergency)......................... (800) 811-0911 Time & Temperature..............................................844 Weather Recorded Weather Forecast (907) 458-3745 or (800) 472-0391

what’s the weather like?

Records from the National Weather Service dating back to 1922 show that weather in Fairbanks is not as extreme as myths promote. On average, there are only five days per winter with temperatures of -30oF or colder for the entire day!

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