Billie's

Backpackers

Hostel

Fairbanks, Alaska

 

WINTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAIRBANKS - A WINTER WONDERLAND

Come to view the Northern Lights dancing across a crisp clean winter sky. 
View the
World Ice Art Championships or watch one of the many dog mushing events including the 1,000 mile Yukon Quest  sled dog race.

Winters here are exotic and Fairbanks offers you true arctic adventure. 
While most visitors chose to come between May and September, the winter months can be just as fun!

The Aurora directly outside our door!

You WILL NOT get a better view anywhere in Alaska!

 

No, the pictures are not 'doctored', nor is seeing the Aurora a rare event. It's quite common to see the Aurora from directly outside our door during the darker months of the year - late August thru late March.

 

 

Whatever you've heard one thing is certain, you will not believe your eyes!
Step right outside the hostel door for the best light show in the world. Best of all, its FREE!

Fairbanks provides one of the best spots on earth for viewing the Aurora Borealis. Thats because the city  lies directly under the "Auroral Oval", a ring shaped region above the North Pole.

Because of our geography, Aurora activity is frequent and intense. On average we see the lights over 200 days a year.

Mary Shields "Tales Of The Trail"

Sled Dogs & Dog Sleds~

There are many reasons to come experience an Interior Alaska winter.
Try a cross country ride with a team of sled dogs, or better yet, learn to drive the team!
Just want to watch the excitement of team racing?
Then come out to the local race grounds to see the action up close.


In February its The Yukon Quest - International Sled Dog Race.
This grueling race follows the historic gold rush trail for over 1,000 miles from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon.

If you are here in March, head out with the locals for
the Open North American Sled Dog Championship in the city center.

Fairbanks Winter Fun

Winter Sports ~

If you like winter sports you've come to the right place! Everything from ice skating to snow machining to curling can be found in Fairbanks. You can even try your skill at dog mushing. Dress in layers and wear a warm pair of boots. You don't need to go it alone either. There are many outdoor clubs devoted to these activities and guides ready to take you on the adventure of a lifetime.

There are hundreds of opportunities to get out and experience the real Alaska Winter!

Christmas at Billie's


"I arrived at midnight, Christmas Eve when the aurora was quite active. There is a great view of it just a few minutes walk from the hostel. It was my first hostel experience and it was great. I have met people from China, Japan, Indonesia, Spain, Netherland and Montana. Local people were warm and friendly. Will come back." 
December 2013 

"This is easily the best hostel I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. Sure I had an icy cold couch for a bed and it was in an icy foyer, because the hostel was full and it was there or outside)  but the hospitality and company was bloody brilliant!!
Besides! It was good conditioning for the 14 day dog sledding expedition that lies ahead."
                      Anonymous -  March 2008 

"You have touch my heart with your essence Billie.  Just to think about aurora,  I kept postpone  trip for 15 years.  At first night arrived here, windy, 38 below, wow! thrilled, excited, when the cold hit  at Billie's home.  

"When Billies fire loving eyes, loving heart, make me warm, and fuzzy at first meet you.  A good host makes sweet home, safety, harmony, relaxing, enjoyable,it's truly family, friendship connected with you, and people I meet here.

"Something about Billie stand out loud and clear.."welcome, shalom, "its your vacation, make yourself at home...enjoy..and I'm really enjoying it!"  - Yutaka Sando (Japan), February 2008    

MORE Winter  ~

SLED DOG RACES

YUKON QUEST

DOG SLED RIDES

ICE FISHING

SNOW MACHINE RIDE

MUSK OX FARM

ICE SCULPTURES

NORTH POLE/Santa Claus House

HOT SPRINGS

SKIING 

ICE SKATING

ICE HOCKEY

CURLING

 

much much more.....

take a look at the "What To Do" Page for more ideas or visit the Fairbanks Visitor Center.

Dog Mushing
Manley Hot Springs


Hot Springs ~




The Fairbanks area is well known for several mineral hot springs. Some offer an extremely remote wilderness setting ( i.e., harder to get to- like Tolovana), while others like Chena are a short drive from the city.

 

"In the last century prospectors sought these places out as a welcome refuge where they could relax their weary bodies. For truly exotic northern experience come soak in an outdoor pool in the crisp winter air while the northern lights dance above.


SOME OF THE LOCALHOT SPRINGS OPTIONS  


~Chena Hot Springs
~Cirlcle Hot Springs
~Manley Hot Spring
~Tolovana Hot Springs

Contact Us:

Billies Backpackers Hostel

2895 Mack Blvd.

Fairbanks, AK 99709

907-479-2034