Category: Activities

Unique Activities

When you think of Alaska, you think of mountains, hiking, hunting, fishing and remote wilderness. There is so much more to Alaska than common believes.

One of the activities few realize is Alaskan, is Skiing, Skeetawk is a newly renovated winter activity mecca as it butts up to Government Peak Ski area, and Hatcher Pass. Skeetawk has just completed their chair lift, and are uniquely handicapped accessible.

Skeetawk as a whole

Skiing the meadows

In 2015, a group of local volunteers and ski enthusiasts formed the nonprofit Hatcher Alpine Xperience (HAX). We want to develop and maintain a small community alpine ski area in Hatcher Pass as a way to promote safe outdoor recreation, healthy lifestyles and bring lift-access skiing and snowboarding to one of the great mountain passes of all time – Hatcher Pass.

Small child skiing with parent
History

A downhill ski area at Hatcher Pass (Government Peak area) has been a dream for the valley for over 30 years. There’s been infrastructure development, impact reports and development plans invested in this venture but no successful development due to the size and scale of the proposed ski area and the lack of private investors.

Location

We are located at mile 10.6 of Hatcher Pass Road (coming from Palmer).  There is a 1/4 mile access road that you take on the left hand side of the road to get up into our parking lot.  We are a few miles before Gold mint Parking lot/trail-head.

Location

We are located at mile 10.6 of Hatcher Pass Road (coming from Palmer).  There is a 1/4 mile access road that you take on the left hand side of the road to get up into our parking lot.  We are a few miles before Goldmint Parking lot/trailhead.

As you plan your adventures in Alaska, Our Alaskan Dream B&B has unique covered in as much we are handicapped accessible, no need to stay at a hotel, or in Anchorage, you can stay right here at the base of Hatcher Pass, just 10 minutes away from all the snow and winter fun, weather you are fully able bodied, or have some uniqueness that might make you question the adventures you could have here in Alaska, no need to set limits on adventure.

Adventure Awaits

At its peak, the Independence hard-rock gold mine was home to 206 workers and 16 families who lived high above tree line. Digging and blasting, these workers recovered 140,000 ounces of gold before the mine shut down in the wake of World War II. Designated a state historical site in 1982, the state has worked to preserve the 22 buildings that remain. Learn about government gold-price policies in the 1930s, visit a room in the bunkhouse and hear about life at the mine, and see the difference between placer and hard-rock gold mining.

There are 1.5 miles of paved walkways throughout the site, with informational placards for a self-guided tour. Standing in the rugged environment near 4,000 feet, the mine is surrounded by rocky peaks and alpine tundra. It’s a spectacular setting, so bring your camera and warm clothes. (It’s only one hour from Palmer, but the temperature here can be much colder). Several hiking trails from the mine lead to alpine lakes and panoramic views. Between the scenic drive and time at the mine, it’s easy to pass an entire day, but plan at least 4 hours, including the drive from Palmer

Hatcher Pass is a hidden gem tucked away in the Talkeetna Mountains. It’s an awesome recreation area in Alaska with a ton of trails for hiking, biking and skiing. The drive itself is beautiful! Lace up your hiking boots for these hiking trails in Hatcher Pass.

  1. Independence Mine Trail
  2. April Bowl Loop via Hatch Peak
  3. Skyscraper Mountain
  4. Marmot Mountain
  5. Reed Lakes Trail
  6. Gold Mint Trail to Mint Hut
  7. Bomber Traverse

Snowfall

Winter will be here before you know, time to plan your winter adventure, cone visit #ouralaskandream, have a healthy breakfast, then off to hit the slopes, be it downhill, cross country, snow shoeing. Whatever your pleasure you can find all within 5 minutes of our beautiful bed and breakfast. After a day of chilly fun, come back relax enjoy the hot chocolate bar, and watch a Christmas classic in the media room.

The ski area sits at mile 10.6 of the Palmer-Fishhook Road, going up to Hatcher pass. The existing parking lot sits at about 1,450 feet above sea level. The proposed beginner chair (triple chair) for phase 1a would run about 1,250′ long and have a vertical gain of about 300 feet. The proposed main chair (high speed quad), phase 1b, would be about a mile long and have a vertical gain of over 1,200′ (to approximately 2,650′ above sea level). 

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Skeetawk is derived from the Dena’ina word Shk’ituk’t, which means “where we slide down,” and was the original Dena’ina name for the village before it was later renamed Kenai.

Things to Do

Good afternoon, It has been beautiful weather here in Alaska, Perfect sunny days, temperatures in the 70’s, evening breeze and night time rain. As we are approaching vacation (holiday) season, I wanted to give a few shout out’s to some of the wonderful adventures you can have while visting with us here at Our Alaskan Dream.

K2 Aviation, in Talkeetna, will take you on a flight tour over and around Denali National Park. Your pilot will be your own personal tour guide with to enlighten you not only about the beautiful scenery but also about the history of Denali, Talkeetna and just some interesting facts you may want to learn. You won’t regret taking a flight with K2, it will be a perfect memory from your vacation. http://flyk2.com

Alaska Horse Adventures, Right here in Palmer Alaska, provide a year round adventure be it a Day at the Ranch, a trail ride on one of their horses, Kayak tour around Jim Lake, or a Winter Horse Sleigh Ride, you won’t regret this adventure, and might even find us there along beside you on one of the tours, http://Alaskahorseadventures.com

We Love our guests and visitors here at Our Alaskan Dream, we support small, and are active in our community, when you visit we will be glad to direct you in any adventure you might want to experience, we know many great shops locally that can help you find that perfect treasure to take home, and have even more friends who support us, who you can place an order from to get a perfect keepsake from your trip and say with us.

Have a great day, we look forward to hearing from you and helping you schedule a stay, and adventure.

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