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lakeside013104

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Posted: 12/25/19 02:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Family in Healy AK report recent snow and very cold temperatures with high winds. Just another day in paradise and normal for living that close to Denali National park.

The locals report the tourist workers and the tourists have fled 'Gliter Gulch, so they have the roads pretty much to themselves with thousands less travelers on the move.

The newly constructed Three Bears Outpost in Healy is a much welcomed addition for the locals. Much easier than driving two hours north to Fairbanks when supplies are needed.

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I remember gas in Cantwell was 4x anywhere else on the road, and glad we had filled regularly on our way up.


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Alaska DOT just sent out a number of warnings regarding heavy snow, ice, blowing snow and poor visibility's on the RIchardson Highway just about all the way from Glennallen to Valdez. Up to 8 inches of new snow expected. Alaska in the winter standard. In 2011 we flew up for 2 weeks to see the Iditerod and experience the places we always visit when we go up in the summer. We've driven up 9 times so far. Just LOVE the place. A great winter time trip, and winter weather didn't seem to phase the locals. We were on the lake for about 5 hours at 0 degrees for the race start and saw -32 on the Parks Highway just north of Denali, but no problems as long as you drove sensibly and were dressed for conditions.


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pigman1 wrote:

Alaska DOT just sent out a number of warnings regarding heavy snow, ice, blowing snow and poor visibility's on the RIchardson Highway just about all the way from Glennallen to Valdez. Up to 8 inches of new snow expected. Alaska in the winter standard. In 2011 we flew up for 2 weeks to see the Iditerod and experience the places we always visit when we go up in the summer. We've driven up 9 times so far. Just LOVE the place. A great winter time trip, and winter weather didn't seem to phase the locals. We were on the lake for about 5 hours at 0 degrees for the race start and saw -32 on the Parks Highway just north of Denali, but no problems as long as you drove sensibly and were dressed for conditions.


Really amazing country. We love our visits there and hope to return soon.

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Posted: 12/25/19 01:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Same here. Gotta get back soon.[emoticon]


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My idea of paradise doesn't include 8 plus months of snow and ice. I get enough of that here in Ontario.

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I'll have to get up to Healy to check out the new 3 Bears. A welcome addition, I'm sure. My BIL drove from Squarebanks to Los Anchorage for Christmas (leaving a couple days before) rather than fly when he saw the temp on his hangar door was -38....that's getting pretty close to the magical -40 that tends to be the cutoff for most activities.

We've even had winter in Los Anchorage the past few days...3 days of below 20 temps and snow. Great for the sno-go, not so great for the guy that has to plow [emoticon]


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The reason for snow, ice, below zero temps, and long winters is so the residents can have some peace and quiet away from the tourists.

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HollardawgUSMC wrote:

The reason for snow, ice, below zero temps, and long winters is so the residents can have some peace and quiet away from the tourists.
Aw, come-on. When I took my first trip north, I expected to see hordes of tourists, but was very surprised. Well over half the people we met at RV parks, sightseeing locations or along the roads WERE ALASKANS. When I'd ask them about it, they told me they'd been cooped up all that long cold, dark winter and it was time to get out and enjoy their beautiful state. Eight additional year's trips up there and I continue to see the same thing.

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So sorry for the suffering up there in AK. We made it up to the high 60s today & headed to low 60s tonight. Might need to close house windows. It looks this green year round.

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