Join us on this very special Iditarod 2018 Adventure

by Erin Kirkland Anyone who follows AKontheGO knows our business mantra:  Kids who visit Alaska today may well grow up to become the stewards of Alaska tomorrow.  It is a part of our core mission to provide information and ideas for activities, winter, spring, summer, or fall that will engage kids and help them become […]

Alyeska Spring Carnival 2017

by Erin Kirkland ProTip: If you intend to ski or ride Alyeska Resort’s Slush Cup during the annual Spring Carnival, it’s good to have a costume, the crazier the better. And probably nerves of steel. A showcase event marking the end of another Alaska ski season, the Spring Carnival has been a 40-year tradition in […]

Spring Ski Alaska While You Still Can

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on March 28, 1017.  On more than a few afternoons this spring I’ve stood at the bottom of Hilltop Ski Area, watching my son and his friends race to be first up the lift for the 3-9 p.m. after-school session. There’s a lot to love about […]

Kenai Peninsula Offers Plenty of Family Fun

by Danielle Benson  What’s the best advice we’ve received since moving to Alaska? Get moving. Move all year long. I will say, though, a road trip to the Kenai Peninsula was not the first thing that came to mind when folks told us to stay busy during the winter. It’s dark in Alaska, the nuggets […]

Anchorage Iditarod Ceremonial Start 2017: What you need to know

by Erin Kirkland It’s pretty clear that the 2017 Iditarod Ceremonial Start will have enough snow after two years of struggling to stay off the bare ground. That’s good news to the 72 teams signed up for the 900+- mile mush to Nome in recognition of the event’s 45th year, and Iditarod Executive Director Stan […]

Experience Ultimate Alaska at the Iditarod Start

Note: This is the second of a two-part story by freelance writer Heather Mundt, about her experiences at the 2016 Iditarod. by Heather Mundt   If you’ve had the pleasure – as I have –  to drive or ride with a sled dog team, you never forget the noise of the dogs’ excited shrieks and howls […]

One Family’s Iditarod Experience

By Heather Mundt Note: Colorado freelance writer Heather Mundt and her family visited Anchorage for the 2016 Iditarod. This is a two-part story sharing their trip; hopefully it will inspire those unsure about a winter adventure to witness the start of the Last Great Race. ~EK   Heading to a park in Anchorage, Alaska on a […]

Fairbanks Winter: Short on daylight, long on family fun

Note: Yesterday, the Iditarod Trail Committee announced that due to low snow conditions on sections of the trail, the official start (or “Re-Start”) will be held in Fairbanks. This means, of course, families who travel to the Golden Heart City to watch the start of the Last Great Race may want to stay for a […]

New Winter Schedule for Alaska Railroad – KTVA 11 Daybreak

The blue and yellow trains of the Alaska Railroad are chugging north or south more days per week this winter, a nod to the state’s increased number of snow-season travelers. This morning on KTVA 11 Daybreak (<—–check it all out) host James Gaddis and I outlined the specifics for families considering a section of the Aurora Winter […]

Make Plans for Winter Trails Day!

*This story originally appeared in the January 24 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News.  I love Anchorage trails — be they paved, gravel, or hidden forest tracks that my family and I discover throughout Alaska’s largest city. Our community’s non-motorized pathways are a major reason we decided to live in town when we moved to […]

Winter Camping at Eagle River Nature Center

by Danielle Benson It is inevitable. Shortly after the Christmas decorations are packed up and stowed away, we start the slow crawl towards more daylight, and my nuggets start asking, “When are we going camping?” This year I was one step ahead of them. Our first overnight backpacking trip was on January 1, 2017. I […]