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Old January 8th, 2010, 06:19 PM
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Even though I am sure as I write this that many people in the U.S. might say they never want to see any more snow in their lifetimes, I can't say that. I live in the deep south and although it is cold today for us, we haven't seen snow in years. I want to see pretty snow, not the slushy mixed with dirt snow we get in the south. Will I see this when I travel to Alaska the last week of May this year? Anyone have any suggestions what kind of excursion I need to take to see this? Thanks for any advise.
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Even though I am sure as I write this that many people in the U.S. might say they never want to see any more snow in their lifetimes, I can't say that. I live in the deep south and although it is cold today for us, we haven't seen snow in years. I want to see pretty snow, not the slushy mixed with dirt snow we get in the south. Will I see this when I travel to Alaska the last week of May this year? Anyone have any suggestions what kind of excursion I need to take to see this? Thanks for any advise.
You'll definitely see snow on the mountains. You didn't say what cruise line or ship. You can take a glacier tour to see and walk on snow.
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You can take a tour or just rent a car to head north a few miles to the White Pass summit - there will be all the pure white snow you can possibly want there! See this photo album from Fraser, the Canadian border crossing just past the summit - Fraser, British Columbia - a Community Guide by ExploreNorth
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Thanks for the information Yukon. My husband and I have already reserved a car in Skagway and are planning on driving to Emerald Lake. Will we be traveling in the same direction as where you recommend we go to see powdery snow? I could get a map, but thought it would be easier to get my information from you.
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You are doing the right thing, if you want to see snow, by renting the car. There are areas you can pull over and even play around in the snow. Remember it's colder up there.

You can also do a helicopter tour in Juneau or Skagway and do a glacier landing.

If you do a flight-seeing tour you will see plenty of snow and glaciers. It is one of the most enjoyable and beautiful tours I've done.



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Thanks for the information Yukon. My husband and I have already reserved a car in Skagway and are planning on driving to Emerald Lake. Will we be traveling in the same direction as where you recommend we go to see powdery snow? I could get a map, but thought it would be easier to get my information from you.

There is only one road, the Klondike Highway. AND yes, plenty of snow to be seen.

Be certain to purchase and take with you, Murray's Guide.
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We have the Murray's Guide in hand and I've read through it several times. About how long should we allow to drive to Emerald Lake and back, taking time for several stops?
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We have the Murray's Guide in hand and I've read through it several times. About how long should we allow to drive to Emerald Lake and back, taking time for several stops?
Most people find 5 hours about right for the whole trip - that allows for lots of stops, lunch, etc. It's only 73 miles each way, so you could do it in 3 hours with no stops (I do it in much less than that, but have made the drive several hundred times).
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