There are countless things to do in Alaska, and an Alaska winter presents unique activities unavailable in summer months. From watching the stunning aurora borealis to heli-skiing remote Alaska mountains, there’s something for every activity level. See the Alaskan sights on snowshoes, from a snowmobile or gliding along on cross-country skis. Whatever your interest, don’t miss the annual Iditarod Race during the month of March. The race is the ultimate test of man and beast as teams of 12 to 16 dogs and their intrepid mushers battle wild Alaska over 1,150 miles, alternating between a northern and southern route each year. Though the first “sporting event” wasn’t held until 1967, most consider the 1925 “serum run,” during which teams of mushers relayed a package of much-needed diphtheria serum to remote Nome, to have been the birth of the race. It’s the perfect tale to explain the origins of a race now close to the hearts of all Alaskans—full of nobility, daring and determination.