ski train 2017

Arriving at Curry, we grabbed our snowshoes for a 2hr slog up the mountain - the right choice as the skiers were clearly having a difficult time in deep snow on the long uphill climbs. All worth it in the end, however, as we caught our breaths at the summit whilst enjoying a brilliantly clear view of Denali on the horizon.

snowmachining

We spent a good afternoon traversing a 40 mile loop through incredibly scenic landscapes in the Petersville area, south of Denali. This was the perfect location, with vast areas of open space providing plenty of opportunities to pick up decent speed, and our Ski-Doos had no trouble at all getting up to speeds of 90mph before common sense reigned them in.

the back room | pasta

Pasta class at South's Back Room; bubbly, much flouring, kneading and rolling, Boomtown pappardelle. Key takeaways? Air bubbles are the enemy, semolina is to be used at your own risk and spaghettini is best left to the masters. A lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon with lovely people. And a batch of fresh fettucini just in time for meat-free Monday.

iditarod

The Iditarod is a piece of Alaska's history that we have been fortunate enough to experience while living here. The race pays homage to the important role played by sled dogs in the Arctic, with much of the 1049 mile trail tracking the journey to Nome made by dog teams in 1925 to deliver antiserum for halting the spread of diptheria.

snow and ice

When we first moved to Alaska, I had never even seen snow before (maybe just a bit of ice at the peak of Mt Wellington, but not sure that counts). This past winter, Anchorage has had the the most snow it has seen in the past 4 to 5 years and it has definitely been a learning experience.