Bundle Up for Winter Activities
Soldotna has many places to sled, snowboard, snowshoe or cross-country ski, but one surprising hot spot for winter recreation is Skyview Middle School. Behind the school is a hill for sledding and an entrance to well-lit, manicured trails maintained by Tsalteshi Trails. The volunteer Nordic skiing association maintains 25 miles of trails all year long, providing access for cross-country skiers, runners, hikers and mountain bikers. Each winter, Soldotna Creek Park welcomes ice-skaters while Arc Lake welcomes hockey players to the natural rinks. Packed with small-town holiday charm, Christmas in the Park invites elves of all ages for a tree lighting, holiday music, cocoa and a visit from the big man himself. Those brave enough to embrace the cold can enjoy frosty brews from the annual Frozen RiverFest in February. The outdoor festival draws brewers from across the state to the beer garden and features ski races, dog sledding, fat tire biking, snowmobiling, bonfires, local cuisine, fireworks and live music performances. To experience the local art scene, peruse galleries featuring Alaska Native-carved ivory and jade and photographs of the picturesque region. Visit the colorful downtown, decorated with statues and local art murals that depict life in Alaska.
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