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What is the weather going to be like during my visit?
When talking about weather, “summer” means late May through early September. Average summer temperatures range from 33 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. While rare, it has been known to snow in July, so be prepared for cold weather. June through August are the rainiest months, although yearly variances sometimes lead to bone dry summers.

Winters can be extremely cold with temperatures ranging from -40 degrees Fahrenheit and colder, to high 20s on warm days. This kind of extreme cold typically begins by late October or early November, and runs through March.

As mentioned above, snow is possible any month of the year – although snow that falls before mid-September tends to melt quickly. Winter snow levels are not usually sufficient for skiing or other recreation until mid-October or later.

Both spring and fall seasons are quite short. Spring weather, in April and early May, sees highs into the 40s or 50s F, and lows near or below freezing. Fall weather, in September, is similar – highs well above freezing, and lows at or below freezing.

 

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Can Wild Alpine recommend hotels in Anchorage?
Yes! We have a short list of favorite places to stay in Anchorage. Contact us with your request and we’ll help find the right fit for you and your travel mates.

 

Does Wild Alpine handle hotel bookings?
Certainly. We recommend a range of options. Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll handle the rest.

 

I am traveling to other destinations in Alaska before / after my Wild Alpine adventure. Can Wild

Alpine help coordinate my overall vacation itinerary?
We know that designing an all-Alaska tour from a distance can be a daunting task. Check out our Resources for maps, directions, recommended reading and more. As we pull together your tailor made adventure, we’ll gladly assist with matching it seamlessly to the other highlights on your itinerary.

 

What should I pack?
Wearing layers of clothing makes it easy to regulate your body temperature. Also, you’ll find that a good waterproof, hooded raincoat and mud boots are invaluable. Specialized cold weather gear is necessary for mountaineering and winter visits. Visit our Gear Lists for more details.

 

Is there a gear shop in McCarthy or Kennecott?
Yes! Wild Alpine Outfitters is your source for backcountry adventure essentials. Find new and gently used mountain sports equipment from Patagonia, Marmot, Rab, SmartWool, Black Diamond, MSR and other favorite brands. Rent mountain bikes, glacier hiking crampons, satellite phones and camping gear.

Located in downtown McCarthy. Open annually May 15 – September 15, 8am – 7pm, seven days a week.

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