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An ode to Anchorage snow

Anchorage winters have changed. When I was younger I remember making snow forts, sledding and snowmen. On Halloween I’d have to wear a snow suit over my costume (or choose a warm costume such as a bear or a flapper girl moose). I remember yearning for the city plowers to pile a mountain of snow at the top of our driveway (we were at the cusp of a different subdivision so the city plows would stop at our house and leave all the extra snow in our driveway, much to my dad’s distress).

It's beginning to look a lot like winter | An ode to Anchorage snow by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com
Christmas photo outtake, circa 1995
It's beginning to look a lot like winter | An ode to Anchorage snow by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com
Building a snow tunnel, 2008
It's beginning to look a lot like winter | An ode to Anchorage snow by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com
Former northernmost Hooters in the United States. Yep, I’m in there.
It's beginning to look a lot like winter | An ode to Anchorage snow by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com
Walking down 4th Avenue in Anchorage, 2006

The past few years have been much different. There’s no more snow. The famous Iditarod sled dog race start was relocated to snowier Fairbanks last year. It’s just lame – the cold with no snow. My mother-in-law bought our son an amazing wagon with interchangeable sled runners. We eagerly installed them two years ago and never used it.

I’m not the only one bemoaning the changes. Anchorage’s mayor said that street lighting in inadequate these days because we used to rely on the snow’s reflection to see better during the dark winter months. Ski races have been postponed and cancelled.

It’s a real bummer when you have a small child who wants so badly to participate in winter activities.

But yesterday, finally, we got a few inches of the fluffy white stuff. Our son couldn’t have been more thrilled. I mean, LOOK at the joy in his little face:

It's beginning to look a lot like winter | An ode to Anchorage snow by Natasha Price of Alaskaknitnat.com

So here’s to a real, bona fide Anchorage winter. Let’s get some more snow now!