Winter in Juneau Alaska is a great opportunity to explore the surrounding Tongass National Forest on backcountry skis or snowshoes. From the Juneau road system there are many trails that are ideal for backcountry skiing, some allow access to open meadows, muskegs and alpine ridges that are perfect for a day or overnight outing!
Weather in coastal Alaska can be harsh and unpredictable, it is always important to be prepared for dramatic changes in weather. Juneau sits between the wet worm weather blown in from the Gulf of Alaska and the cold arctic air mass of the interior. Add to that the surrounding high mountains and glaciers and the result can be weather that changes hourly, so having the proper gear and clothing is essential to enjoy, and survive, any outing in Juneau’s backcountry.