Alaska is the most northerly state in the United States and is famous for its sub-polar climate. The characteristic weather is the main reason for Alaska's long, cold and snowy winters. In the far north of Alaska you'll encounter the Alaska Range which is crowned by Denali (formerly called Mount McKinley). At 6,194 metres (20.310 ft), Denali is the highest mountain in the United States and is the jewel in the crown of Denali National Park and Preserve. In total, Alaska has seven ski resorts, all located near the coast. The most famous is Alyeska close to the city of Anchorage. The resort is blessed with a whopping 16 metres of snow each year. There are 76 runs to explore here, including the longest uninterrupted double black diamond slope in North America. Other resorts close to Anchorage include Hilltop Ski Area and Arctic Valley Ski Area. Further afield, Eaglycrest Ski Area and Moose Mountain, which each boast 35 trails, are also popular spots.
The raw and rugged natural landscape of Alaska is an experience in itself and that alone is a legitimate reason to travel here. Another unforgettable highlight is the aurora borealis, the colorful northern lights which occasionally dance across the Alaskan sky. If you want to spend some time away from the slopes, there is probably no better way to explore the Alaskan landscape than with an old-school dogsled.
Many different airports in the United States fly to the airport in Anchorage, including Chicago and Atlanta. Alaska and its beautiful winter wonderland are therefore within easy reach for international visitors.