Once the road to Exit Glacier is snow-covered and closed to cars, it is accessible by fat bikes, cross-country skis, snowmobile, dog sled, and more. Winter recreation generally starts in early November and the snow can last into May. This can vary greatly from season to season, so be sure to check on current conditions before starting out.
Winter is one of the best times of year to spot moose at Exit Glacier. Enjoy viewing them from a distance, since they are likely to be stressed in this season of food scarcity.
A warming hut with wood stove and benches is available for day use when visiting the Exit Glacier Area. Pit toilets are also available, located just off the parking area. No potable water is available, so all drinking water should be brought in or properly treated before drinking.
Public Use Cabin
The Willow Public Use Cabin, in the Exit Glacier Area, can be rented by the night, providing visitors with a once-in-a-lifetime winter backcountry experience.
Snowmobile use is prohibited until the park superintendent has made a determination that there is adequate snow cover. Adequate snow cover is determined by evaluating the ability of the snow pack to support snowmobile use in a manner that does not damage resource values such as vegetation and soils. A combination of factors such as snow depth, snow structure, and the characteristics of the vegetation in the area are considered in this evaluation. The Harding Icefield has adequate snow cover year-round, but the rest of the park is generally open to snowmobile use from November through April. Check the current conditions as you plan your trip.
The use of snowmobiles is prohibited within the Exit Glacier Developed Area, except on the road to Exit Glacier, in the parking areas, and on a designated route through the Exit Glacier Campground to Exit Creek, as shown on the Exit Glacier Developed Area - Winter Map.
Be sure to read and understand the Snowmobile Regulations, as riders must follow all Alaska State Laws and NPS regulations that govern snowmobile use in the park. As always, be sure to be a safe rider, and follow these safety tips for all snowmobile users.
Winter Shuttle Service
Winter shuttle service, operated by Adventure Sixty North, is authorized to provide scenic tours and guided snowshoe walks. Passengers can also be dropped off to enjoy winter activities on their own. Costs and additional information regarding the service can be found at Adventure Sixty North's website for Winter Tours and Activities.
Winter Boat Tours
Accessing the fjords and tidewater glaciers during the winter can be very challenging. Weather in the Gulf of Alaska during winter can be cold and unpredictable. In addtion, most commercial boat tours are only available from mid-March to late-September. At this time, Seward Ocean Excursions does provide some winter boat tours in Resurrection Bay, which may also view the park.
Dog Sled Tours
Booking a trip with an experienced mountaineering guide company is a great idea. It saves on the expense of costly mountaineering gear, and gives added security and safety to the trip.
Last updated: April 2, 2018