We are well into another winter in Alaska, and there are some people who complain that there is nothing to do this time of year. The fact is, this isn’t really true. There are lots of fun things to do.
At the beginning of this month, the Nikiski recreation center started up a recreational hockey program. My brothers and I have wanted to play hockey for quite a while and we were excited when this program was offered, because it’s only about five minutes away from our house. Even though we have already started practicing, we are still looking for more people to join us. We especially need older kids, because we don’t have too many playing right now. But there is still plenty of room for younger kids too. Boys and girls are both welcome. So if there is anyone out there that likes to play hockey, and doesn’t have anything much to do this winter, now would be a great time to sign up. We will continue playing until sometime in March or April.
The Nikiski ice rink also has open skate times for people who just want to come skate for fun. There is also a nice rink in Kenai that has open skate times as well.
That isn’t the only thing to do this winter though. There are great ski trails in Kenai, Soldotna, and Nikiski. They are groomed regularly, and the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna are even lighted in some places.
But you don’t have to go to a ski trail to go skiing. If you live somewhere away from town, you can put on your skis and go right out your door. So if you like to ski, that is something fun you could do.
There is also a great swimming pool in Nikiski that is free to Nikiski residents. There are pools in Kenai and Soldotna as well.
If you live near a lake then you could go ice fishing, or if you live somewhere where there is a lot of unpopulated acreage, you could go spruce grouse or snowshoe hare hunting.
Even if you don’t like ice skating, skiing, swimming, fishing, or hunting you can still go find a hill and go sledding or get some friends together and have a snowball fight, or even get out your snowmachine.
Just make sure you don’t sit inside all winter thinking that there’s nothing to do. We live in Alaska and there’s going to be snow like it or not. So you might as well enjoy it, because there’s a lot of fun to be had out there.
John Boatright is a 10th-grade home-school student from Nikiski.