Hello Alaskan inmates! I received some big news just before the holidays that I am earmarked for a 1 year assignment in Alaska starting this summer! I've been lurking the subforum and thinking a lot about Alaska ever since 1 year is actually pretty short for all the things to see and do I have been waiting for any opportunity to ride across Canada and to the arctic. I read many great Alaska ride reports on ADVrider and keep notes So I'm not really here to ask the standard what tires/bike/oil/bear deterrent I need unfortunately I want to maximize my time in Alaska so I've been thinking a lot about the winter. The picture on my bedroom wall is actually northern lights above a snowy Atigun pass I bought 5 years ago in Anchorage. I had some time for sightseeing but I'ver never seen the northern lights.. I'd love to do some backcountry/mountain winter camping and sledding. As a shift worker I should have time off in chunks longer than normal weekends and I've winter camped before. I'll probably be at least 60 miles from the good stuff so I'd need to figure out a form of winter transportation So my internal struggle is whether I should find a beater truck/trailer now to tow my bike and possibly a used mountain sled to Alaska rather than ride there.. The bike is ready to go whereas I'd have to buy and prep a truck.. I would obviously enjoy riding there far more than driving I could buy winter transport in Alaska but I don't necessarily plan to switch my Canadian driver's licence/registration to AK for 1 year (I'll have justification to stay on Canadian plates) But I imagine that would preclude me to register a used snowmachine or truck at the Alaskan DMV.. Any backcountry sledders here? Winter hikers/campers? What are your winter hobbies?