While most visitors come to Kodiak in the warm green months of summer, there are many adventures awaiting the hardy winter traveler. Because Kodiak lies in the warm Japanese trade winds, winters here are not quite as bitter as in other parts of Alaska. Day time winter temperatures range from approximately 24 degrees Fahrenheit to 35 degrees F. Of course winter travelers should come prepared with plenty of cold-weather and waterproof gear because winds can drop air temperatures to below zero. Ice cleats for shoes are an important accessory during Kodiak winters.
Photographic opportunities on the wintery island wonderland rival anywhere else in the world with snow-laden peaks rising 2,000 feet or more out of blue waters. Icy fresh water rivers and creeks give a blue tint to the normally green and blooming island. Eagles and sea lions are often seen in spectacular numbers in and around piers in downtown Kodiak.
For those who like to play in the snow, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, sledding, snowboarding and snow-angel making are plentiful. Snowmobiling is another popular winter activity. Frozen lakes and ponds provide dance floors for ice skaters or enjoy the city’s public skating rink in Baranov Park. The adventurous angler can try her hand at ice fishing on stocked lakes. For more information on ice fishing visit www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us.