Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, located in the south-central region. Anchorage is a cosmopolitan port city with a population of nearly 300,000.
The Anchorage area is home to moose, brown and black bears, Dall sheep and many migratory bird species. A visitor should be able to find moose fairly easily by driving any neighborhood on Anchorage’s Hillside (actually the foothills of the Chugach Mountains).
The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage maintains and provides information on numerous nordic (cross-country) ski trails around town. Alyeska Resort located in Girdwood about 40 miles south of Anchorage is Alaska’s largest alpine (downhill) ski resort. Alyeska has a wide array of intermediate and expert terrain. Expert skiers and snowboarders can enjoy helicopter and snow-cat skiing in the Chugach Mountains with a professional guide.