Winterfest Celebrations

The 15th-annual Winterfest, is set for Thursday, Feb 26 through Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Download the schedule or browse the activities below.

Thursday, February 26

Murie Science and Learning Center
Mile 1.5 Denali Park Road, Mile 237 Parks Highway
7:00 pm
Slide presentation by winter Artist-in-Residence Camille Seaman. Her photographs have been in published National Geographic and Time.

Friday, February 27

McKinley Park Community Center
Mile 230 Parks Highway
6:00 pm
Kick off the Winterfest weekend with a homebrew and appetizer competition, followed by live acoustic music. Bring something to share, and come celebrate community and winter!

8:30 pm
Stargazing party – If it’s a clear night, gather at the Community Center parking area (near the road) to look for constellations, planets, and the northern lights. Dress warmly and bring binoculars and a head lamp if you have them.

Saturday, February 28

Murie Science and Learning Center (unless otherwise noted)
Mile 1.5 Denali Park Road, Mile 237 Parks Highway

9:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Park information, backcountry permits, and films
  • Alaska Geographic bookstore
  • Artist-in-Residence pieces on display
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Watch ice carver Larry Moen create a masterpiece in ice.

Activities for kids and their families!
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Ranger-led snowshoe walk. Join us and learn about Denali’s winter adaptations! Snowshoes available for checkout.

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    “Northern Lights and Northern Nights” Join us inside to learn why we have winter and for interactive fun activities about the northern lights.

  • 12:15 pm -12:45 pm
    “Snowflakes, Glaciers, and Iceworms Oh My...” Join us inside to learn how snowflakes create amazing big homes for tiny animals!

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Demonstration of nearly completed iBook on Denali Artists-in-Residents and exhibit of the most recent artist donations.

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

Riley Creek Campground (Caribou Loop)
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mile 0.5 Denali Park Road
Dog sled rides - Take a short ride with a local musher’s team and warm up by the fire.

Murie Science and Learning Center
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Warm up by the fire, make s’mores, and learn how to make a fire starter kit!

12:00 – 2:00 pm
Denali Mountaineering Ranger demonstrates “Life on the Mountain” for climbers. Look for the campsite!

1:00 – 2:00 pm
“Japan’s Winter Wildlife” - Slide presentation on a different version of winter by local author and photographer Tom Walker.

2:30 – 3:30 pm
“The Planned and Inadvertent Weather of Denali National Park” – A presentation by David L. Arnold, Ph.D., former Professor of Meteorology and Geosciences.

Mountain Vista Rest Area
Mile 12.5 Denali Park Road
12:00 – 3:00 pm
Visit with a kennels staff person and Denali sled dog at the historic Savage River ranger patrol cabin and enjoy hot drinks and some mores. Follow signs from the rest area - 100 yard walk.

Tri-Valley Community Center
Mile 0.5 Healy Spur Road
(Turn at Mile 248.8 Parks Highway, Healy)

Hockey -- Healy vs. Fairbanks
  • 10:00 - 11:00 am - Bantam teams
  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm - Squirt teams
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm - PeeWee teams
  • 1:45 - 2;45 pm - Women's teams
  • 3:00 - 4:00 - Bantam teams
  • 4:15 - 5:15 pm - Squirt teams
  • 5:30 - 6:30 pm - PeeWee teams
  • 6:45 - 7:45 pm - Women's teams

All Healy events below are sponsored by Denali Borough and organized by Kids in Motion dance troupe.

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Chili dinner served by Tri-Valley Student Government as a fundraiser. Dinner ingredients donated by Holland-America Princess and service ware by Doyon/Aramark. Desserts prepared by Girl Scout Troop 329.

6:00 - 7:00 pm
"Healy's Got Talent" Show – with prizes! All ages welcome to enter.

7:00 pm
Live music by the Iceworms.

Sunday, March 1

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.

Tri-Valley Library

Suntrana Street
(Turn at Mile 249 Parks Highway, Healy)
2:00 - 5:00 pm
“Frozenfest” - A family friendly event with winter-related crafts, readings from winter tales, and a showing of the movie Frozen at 3:00 pm. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite character from a winter-related tale.

Tri-Valley School
Suntrana Street
6:30 pm
"A Midsummer Night's Dream," presented by the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre. The production is directed by Tom Robenolt with Allan Hayton, a Gwich'in actor, director, playwright and arts educator from Arctic Village, who will collaborate with other Gwich'in speakers to translate parts of the play. Free admission.


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