Fairbanks, Alaska Snow Season
Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)-- The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, is a luminous glow of the upper atmosphere which is caused by energetic particles that enter the atmosphere from above. Auroras, sometimes called the northern and southern (polar) lights or aurorae (singular: aurora), are natural light displays in the sky, usually observed at night, particularly in the polar regions. They typically occur in the ionosphere. They are also referred to as polar auroras. (Wikipedia). About viewing the aurora at Dale and Jo click here.
As of 2009, Fairbanks's population is 34,540 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 3.04 percent.
The median home cost in Fairbanks is $167,450. Home appreciation the last year has been -6.10 percent.
Compared to the rest of the country, Fairbanks's cost of living is 12.43% Higher than the U.S. average.
Fairbanks, AK, gets 14 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 63 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 116.
On average, there are 155 sunny days per year in Fairbanks, AK. The July high is around 71 degrees. The January low is -20. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 83 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.
The Iditarod Sled Dog Race, held every first Saturday in March in Alaska since 1973.
The 1,000 mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race is the biggest long-distance race of the year in Fairbanks. Run in February.
Open North American Championship, a three-day series of races beginning and ending in downtown Fairbanks, which draws the world's fastest mushers. Dog mushing schedules.
GCI Open North American Championship Sled Dog Race: go to www.sleddog.org
Fairbanks is home to the International Ice Art Championship which brings ice artists from around the globe anually to sculp in the famous perfect ice of the frozen Alaska interior. "Ice Alaska is again hosting one of the largest annual ice art competitions and exhibitions in the world, for the 21st year. The World Ice Art Championships have grown to a month-long event involving more than 70 teams from all over the world. The competitions and the accompanying Kids Park attract more than 100 ice artists and approximately 45,000 visitors from Alaska and all over the world." The Park Opens at 10 am, February 2OTH and stays open until 10 pm, March 28. go to www.icealaska.com
Chatanika Days-- An old mining village 28 miles from Fairbanks starts the festival with the Outhouse Races the 2nd week in March.
Festival of Native Arts at University of Alaska Fairbanks-- 3 Days of dancing and native arts from native tribes: Inupiat, Aleut, Inuit, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, Eyak, Athabaska. go to www.uaf.edu/festival/
Running Reindeer Ranch-- Want to walk with the reindeer? Pet a baby reindeer? The reindeer farm is at the base of Moose Mountain about 20 minutes from Dale and Jo. go to www.runningreindeer.com
University of Alaska Museum of the North-- The museum’s research collections – 1.4 million artifacts and specimens – represent millions of years of biological diversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions in the North. The collections are organized into 10 disciplines (archaeology, birds, documentary film, earth sciences, ethnology/history, fine arts, fishes/marine invertebrates, insects, mammals, and plants) and serve as a valuable resource for research on climate change, genetics, contaminants and other issues facing Alaska and the circumpolar North. The museum is also the premier repository for artifacts and specimens collected on public lands in Alaska and a leader in northern natural and cultural history research. Click here for special events and program.
From window at Dale and Jo.
Mary Shields Kennel Tour-- Mary has been sharing her dogs with visitors to Fairbanks since 1984. Groups are small to allow for personal attention. Mary's home is just minutes from Fairbanks and is easy to find. Transportation is available.
Sled Dog Adventures-- We have been providing dogsledding rides, tours, instruction and multi-day trips since 1985.
Sun Dog Express-- Learn the art of mushing a dog team - fully supervised. Get a more in depth look at what it takes to train and run a dog team. Class includes introductory sled ride, class session, and a run mushing your own team with a musher along for the ride. Snacks and a mushers souvenier packet included.
Alaska Public Lands Information Center-- The centers serve the public on behalf of eight federal and state agencies which manage public lands in Alaska. The agencies are the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Geological Survey, Forest Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Department of Commerce, Community &
Economic Development, Alaska Department of Transportation, and the Department of Natural Resources. Alaska's state and federal public lands are rich and varied. The centers provide one-stop access to visitor information on Alaska's public lands, including interpretive programs, daily films, brochures, mail and phone requests and special events.
Creamers Field Migratory Bird Sanctuary-- Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is a 2,000 acre state owned wildlife refuge located in Fairbanks, Alaska just north of the city center on College Road. Check the winter event and lecture calendar.
Chena Hot Springs Resort-- Take a day trip to the hot springs. Have a soak. See the Aurora Ice Museum.
Mt. Aurora Skiland Fairbanks-- Mt. Aurora Skiland is open Saturdays and Sundays whenever there is enough snow to ski. The season normally starts around Thanksgiving and runs until around mid-April.
Fountainhead Auto Museum-- Rank the #1 Favorite Fairbanks Attraction on tripadvisor.com. See antique cars in pristine condition. They all run.
Fairbanks moose meets kitty.