Will be going to Alaska for third trip this summer at some point and time so wondering from residents and folks that have made the trip numerous times in the past what would be an educated guess to go since they've had so much snow this winter.. We are retired so can go at anytime and having to come from south Georgia so not a skip/hop for us. We also go the Denali and Dalton Hwy. so know they have had more than their share of snow also.
We have made this trip 7 years in a row now driving round trip. We leave WA the first week of April and normally in AK within 5 days. Return to lower 48 mid Oct. Yes it can be cold, some snow, never a real issue, and for those rare mornings we wake up and there is too much snow on road we go back to bed.
Past two years it has been cold both ways but no snow at all.
Like the rest of your trip to AK, enjoy it, go slow, and use common sense.
Gary & Cheryl and our chocolate lab named Caddy
2005 Newmar Mountain Aire 4304 w/ Blue-Ox Sports Lift
2006 Jeep Rubicon
HD 2006 Softtail Deluxe
You can probably plan your trip in state to avoid the areas that have received the heavy snows. Keep in mind that a place like Valdez has received 26 ft of snow this year. Sounds like a bunch. But Valdez normally gets 21 ft of snow a year so what is an extra 5 ft. Main problem they have is where to put the snow once it is removed from the streets, etc. EPA regulations prohibit pushing the removed snow into the bay or any river system. But it is OK to pile it on the bank and let it melt and run into the water body on it's own. Go figure!!!
I would probably not go to Valdez first, but would go to the Fairbanks area where the snow is much dryer and they don't get all that much on the average anyway. It is just too cold to get much snow in the Interior. The Interior doesn't get the wet, heavy snows that they receive in the coastal areas, the southern Railbelt, the Banana Belt of Anchorage or on the Kenai. I would make the area of Prince William Sound, my last stop of the trip. You might have to do some running around, back and forth, but I seem to do a lot of that anyway on trips to Alaska, just trying to catch friends at home. LOL
Once the sun is more overhead, as summer arrives, the snow melts very quickly. For me, my main concern would be the abundance of biting bugs that will hatch out from all the extra water, standing around. The Haul Road is open all year so that shouldn't be a problem. The Denali will depend on when the Alaska Dept of Transportation decided to maintain the road. It never seems to me that it is a very high priority, of the department. Once there you can call for road conditions and make your decision at that time. Most of the commercial campgrounds will be open at their regular scheduled opening date I am sure, they can't afford not to open with the shortness of an Alaska summer.
Arrive in the state by June 1 and I can't imagine you having any serious problems with the weather.
Formerly of Colorado and Alaska
2011 Chevy 3500 DRW Dmax CC 4X4- Rockwood 8281 SS 5th Whl & 2008 Lance 845 TC www.pajbcooper.com web site
Alaska-Colorado and other Trips posted
"Without challenge, adventure is impossible".
rain and wind melts the snow faster than the sun until it gets dirty.
our snow level here is down almost a foot from two days ago.
Yes lot of snow this year but it will melt the big piles take a little longer.
in the hills around here the snow depth is between 5-6 foot.
When did you come up here before ? what time frame?
Joe B. is correct about the interior the weather is warmer.
all I can say is follow the sun and try to keep out of the wind.
I love April in Homer only a few tourists in town lots of daylight.
But most important from the middle of April till the end of May. the water is pretty stable. What I mean the weather in the morning is like the weather in the afternoon. Later on in the summer there is always a day breeze.
There is only 2 inches of snow on the old motorhome.
alaska dennis, last trip to Ak was 09' left Ga. in mid-April arrived in Ak first of June (could tell no hurry on our part) ..we were there 3months last trip.
BigRig: never no hurry like some that comes flying around you like your sitting still. Cold doesn't bother us.. in 09' we were boondocking on the Denali and several nites way below freezing. We are always prepared for the weather.
Joe b. : great info on where to go first. Will probably go Denali later in summer, give them time to open it up beyond Paxson/Tangle Lakes. Thanks for the info from all.. always open to suggestions and opinions..