Chena Hot Springs Resort, 60 miles NE of Fairbanks, at the end of Chena Hot Springs Road. Lovely place! Dog mushing, hiking, skiing, scenic air tours, hot springs, Snow Cat rides.
Main drag at Chena Hot Springs.
Hotel restaurant and lobby at Chena Hot Springs. Buck Mtn is in the distance.
The new Moose Lodge, where we stayed.
The Chena Ice Hotel on the other side of the parking lot.
Over there somewhere is the night-viewing Yurt. Each night we took a 20-minute Snow Cat ride up the hill about 10 o'clock to hang out and watch for the aurora. When you got cold, you could go inside the yurt and stand in front of the stove with a cup of tea or cocoa.
Hiking up Buck Mtn
From halfway up Buck Mtn.
Laurie, Nancy, Paula, Risa at the top of Buck Mtn at Chena Hot Springs
Jim trying to paddle down a steep part. It wasn't steep enough.
The sky at the left horizon was a striking turquoise blue as the clouds moved in.
The sky was a most vivid blue.
Larry walked home from the Hot Springs in his swim trunks. The Hot Springs is so warm the ice and snow feels good.
They use this dainty little equipment for removing ice blocks from the lake for carving.
Nancy at the Ice Hotel in Chena Hot Springs. The bumps on top are the light producers for the fiber optic chandeliers inside. The structure is a 16 of styrofoam, air, and other insulators to help keep the inside at a toasty 20F.
The ice blocks used for interior structures come from the lake. These blocks show variations in the ice, AKA Alaska marble (opaque) and Alaska diamonds (clear).
The fiber optic chandeliers from inside the hotel.
The Ice Hotel Bar.
The Ice Hotel Turret.
The fireplace level in the Ice Hotel Bar. The only heat producers in the hotel are the humans that visit.
A cosy corner table in an Ice Hotel room.