Author:Anderson, Tasha

Many Alaskans have a love-hate relationship with our six month winter season, which is beautiful, dark, breathtaking and dangerous all at once. The Denali National Park Service, in the spirit of loving winter and longing for its demise, sponsors Winterfest in partnership with the Denali Borough and the Denali Borough School District. In its twelfth year, Winterfest starts Friday, Feb. 22, and ends Sunday, Feb. 24.

While many Alaskan experiences are geared toward building an attractive tourism industry, Winterfest is really for those who call Alaska home. "It's kind of an opportunity to thank the local community and people in the area who are here year-round," says Naaman Horn, the Denali National park interpretive supervisor. "We certainly welcome tourists as well...

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