Anchorage Winter Memories
What are your favorite memories of winter in Anchorage? Did you ski, ice skate, snow mobile, ice fish, or?
Did You Know?
From 1939 to the 1950s, the ski jump pictured above, was located at 3rd and Gambell in Anchorage. Pictured is a February 1944 ski tournament.
Romig Hill – 1963
The picture above overlooks downtown Anchorage, before Westchester Lagoon. Did you ski here?
You Are Looking at Anchorage History
4th Avenue in March 1917. The first cross country ski race held in Anchorage.
Note the two-story building to the right. It’s the “Recreation Bowling Alley”.
Anchorage Winter 1950
Does the picture above bring back memories?
That’s the Port of Anchorage where it all began as a “tent city” back in 1916 at the mouth of Ship Creek.
Remember Those Snowy Days?
Did you enjoy watching those beautiful fluffy snowflakes as they floated down?
You’ll love this 1970 story and video of a snowy Fourth Avenue.
Take a look at “Downtown” and enjoy.
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Photo by Jim Zoller
The picture above is 4th Avenue in 1956, looking east.
That’s dirty snow on the street. Note the snow on some cars.
Remember the Anchorage Sports Arena?
Did you ice skate, play hockey or attend a concert here in the winter?
Do You Remember?
In the winter, the Anchorage Fire Department went around to Anchorage schools and created ice skating rinks on the playground.
Then at recess, you could take your skates outside and spend recess skating. What fun.
Mary of Anchorage Memories remembers skating in the Sports Arena and the Park Strip ice skating rink. And as a four-year-old, using her green double-bladed skates, to go around her family’s backyard rink.
Anchorage Lakes in Winter
Remember ice fishing, or ice skating on a frozen lake?
Left to right Al Brambstedt, news anchor Ty Clark, camera Jim Balog, Bill Stewart and MC, Orville Lake.
Anchorage Fun Rendezvous Memories
What are your favorite memories of the Fur Rondy?
The dog sled races, blanket toss, carnival rides or?
The Fur Rendezvous began from February 15 -17, 1936 as a sports tournament. It is now the world’s biggest winter carnival.
Picture courtesy of Gene Gough
A 1950s Rondy event
The writing on the picture above states, “This dog stopped at two trees and still won. Dawson who won three out of four races (March).
Take a look at these Fur Rondy Memories and enjoy.
Anchorage Winter Memories
Did these pictures and stories bring back memories for you?
Winter in Anchorage means different things to everyone. You may love your winter memories, or you may get cold just thinking about those dark winter days and dealing with “Cabin Fever”.
But we hope you enjoyed this look back at fond memories of winter time in a place called Anchorage, Alaska.
Yes, that’s Mary and Mike on the left.
The two boys on the right are stuck indoors on a cold winter day and are playing by talking to each other using two tin cans and string.
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Did your fondest winter memories come back? Tell us about them. Or you can contact us to say “hey”… We love hearing from our North Stars (that’s you).
Until Next Time
Mike & Mary