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    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Winterfest Celebrations

Park landscape with Winterfest logo


Getting together in the great outdoors

One of winter's signature events across interior Alaska, the 14th-annual Winterfest, is set for Friday, Feb 21 through Sunday, Feb 23, 2014.


Locations for festivities include:
  • 229 Parks Restaurant, Mile 229.5 Parks Highway
  • McKinley Park Community Center Mile 230 Parks Highway
  • Murie Science and Learning Center Mile 1.5 Denali Park Road, off Mile 237.5 Parks Highway
  • Mountain Vista Trailhead Mile 12.4 of the Denali Park Road, off MIle 237.5 Parks Highway
  • Stampede Road, Mile 251 Parks Highway, Healy
  • Tri-Valley Community Center Mile 248.8 Parks Highway, Healy
  • Tri-Valley Community Library, Mile 249 Parks Highway, Healy

Download a Word version of the Winterfest 2014 events schedule

 

Friday, February 21

  • McKinley Park Community Center, Mile 230 Parks Highway

6:00 pmWinterfest Opening Event
Community potluck dinner – Main course provided by Denali Education Center. Bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share

7:15 pm
Presentation by outdoor adventurer Luc Mehl on “The Big Three. Human-Powered Traverses of North America's Three Tallest Mountains: Denali, Logan, Orizaba.”



  • 229 Parks Restaurant, Mile 229.5 Parks Highway
8:30 pm

Local musicians provide music for foot tapping and dancing.


Saturday, February 22

  • Murie Science and Learning Center, Mile 1.5 Denali Park Road, Mile 237 Parks Highway

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Park information, backcountry permits, and films
Alaska Geographic bookstore
Artist-in-Residence pieces and Denali landcover quilt by Denali Quilters on display
15-minute “Ranger Chats” (10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Watch ice carver Larry Moen create a masterpiece in ice.
Visit Denali’s sled dog puppies at the kennels (Mile 3 Denali Park Road).

10:00 am – noon
Ranger-led snowshoe walk

10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Snow sculpting contest (judging begins at 3:00 pm)

11:00 am – noon
Informal presentation on new iBooks being developed by the NPS.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Activities for kids and their families

11:00 – 11:30 am: Explore and provide feedback on Denali’s NEW Junior Ranger Activity Book (indoors)
11:45 am – 12:30 pm: Kids layer up and come outside to test your skills in a winter-layers relay race
1:15 – 2:00 pm: Northern Nights and Arctic Lights - Discover why we have winter, why our days are shorter, and why night skies “dance” (indoors)

11:00 am –3:00 pm
Snacks, light lunch, and refreshments provided by Doyon/ARAMARK Joint Venture

11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Dog sled rides will take place at the Caribou Loop of the Riley Creek Campground if too icy at MSLC. Check at MSLC front desk or call 683-9532 for location.

12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Campfire with s’mores

1:00 – 2:00 pm
"Sleepless Five Nights in a Row and Worth It"
Presentation on photographing northern lights by local author and photographer Tom Walker.

1:00 – 4:00 pm
Guided ski up Riley Creek - meet at Denali Post Office parking lot. Bring your own skis, water, and snacks. This activity is dependent on safe snow conditions – check at the MSLC front desk or call 683-9532 for status.

2:15 – 2:45 pm
"Meet Your Museum Collections" - Informal presentation
on objects from the park’s museum collection that will be on display for Winterfest.



  • Mountain Vista Rest Area, Mile 12 Denali Park Road

Noon – 3:00 pm
Visit the historic Savage River ranger patrol cabin and enjoy hot drinks and cookies. Follow signs from the rest area.

12:30 – 3:00 pm
Guided ski up the Savage River drainage. Bring your own skis, water, and snacks. This activity is dependent on safe snow conditions – Check at the MSLC front desk or call 683-9532 for status.


  • Stampede Road, Mile 251 Parks Highway, Healy
11 am – 1:00 pm

Fun ski hosted by Friends of Stampede. Meet at signed pull-out at approx. Mile 4 on the Stampede Road. Bring your own skis, water, and snacks and dress for the weather. Call MSLC front desk at 683-9532 for status.


  • Tri-Valley Community Center, Mile 248.8 Parks Highway, Healy

5:00 – 7:00 pm
Denali Borough hosts a community dinner with chili, fixings, cornbread, and homemade desserts. Dinner prepared and served by the Tri-Valley Spanish Class as a fundraiser. Ingredients donated by Holland America/Princess and service ware by ARAMARK.

6:00 – 7:00 pm
Cakewalk and dessert silent auction - fundraiser for Denali Preschool and Learning Center

6:00 – 7:00 pm
Winterfest Olympic Games for children

7:00 – 8:00 pm
Winterfest Olympic Games for adults



Sunday, February 23

  • Tri-Valley Community Library, Mile 249 Parks Highway, Healy
6:30 pm

Showing of "The City Dark," an award-winning indie film about night skies and vanishing stars. NPS Night Sky Team will lead a discussion afterwards on creative ideas for night sky-friendly outdoor lighting.

 

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