Activities & Events
Although most visitors experience Skagway between May and September, winter offers a whole new perspective on this part of the world. The hectic pace of the summer is replaced by the easygoing lifestyle of the winter. Snow begins to fall in October paving the way for skiing and other winter activities. You may be the outdoors type, and if that’s the case it’s never far to go snow machining or cross-country skiing. Northern lights viewing is possible in town and on the White Pass summit on a clear night.
For the month-long Yuletide season Skagway lights up with open houses, a tree-lighting ceremony, caroling, the popular Santa Train, a beautiful Yuletide Ball and other programs.
If you relish a tranquil environment, you will love Skagway in the winter. Sit and watch the gentle snowfall while drinking a steaming cup of cocoa. Or maybe enjoy one of our beautiful brisk clear days. Come and find out why we live here year-round.
Springtime is still a secret in Southeast Alaska, particularly in Skagway. The days are getting warmer with more hours of daylight. Many attractions and services are available.
March typically brings hundreds of skiers from around the globe for the annual Buckwheat Ski Classic. Started in 1987, this international cross country race welcomes skiers of all ages and experience levels. Come ski or just celebrate with fun events in Skagway before and after the race or cheer the racers on at the snow carved aid station.
Held over four days during the last week of May, the North Words Writers Symposium brings together writers in a spectacular and intimate setting. We present a unique opportunity for up to 50 participants to interact with a faculty that includes a nationally known keynote author and several published Alaskan writers in workshops, panel discussions, readings, and a variety of activities.
Summer in Skagway is a wonderful time, when the sun refuses to set, the salmon run upriver, and downtown bustles with activity. It is a great time to try out some of the region’s best hiking trails as well as numerous outdoor activities
For the most part, summer is warm and dry in Skagway. Summer is also the time of the midnight sun. There are about 18 hours of sunlight in Skagway during the month of June. In honor of the long summer days, the Skagway Elks Club hosts a Summer Solstice celebration with Southeast Alaska flair. This annual celebration is open to all with food, games, live music and traditional beer garden. The 4th of July brings old fashioned family fun, including a parade, street fair & our very own ducky derby!
Fall in Skagway is a photographer’s paradise for capturing Alaska’s fall colors, dramatic landscapes and wildlife. With the cooler temperatures Northern Lights are even a possibility! September can feature great weather, smaller crowds and end of season bargains in many shops.
The Klondike Road Relay runs every year from Skagway to Whitehorse in the month of September. The race offers physical challenge, team camaraderie, and the gracious northern hospitality of Alaska and the Yukon. The relay is run on paved highway throughout the night and into the next day over challenging terrain and breathtaking scenery. Runners are often treated to beautiful starlit nights with displays of northern lights.
Anytime of Year, Skagway offers Spectacular Experiences
Come and visit Skagway in the fall and winter to experience some out of this world Northern Lights!