Above-freezing weather in Southcentral Alaska this week turned many winter sports enthusiasts -- some planning to ignore Black Friday sales and spend the day outside -- into homebodies.

Jeannette Lee Falsey
Find outdoors events for November 26 through 30.
The Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center warns of dangerous avalanche conditions in the popular recreational area in the Talkeetna Mountains. The warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday.​Devin Kelly
The #OptOutside concept may encourage families to engage in a new activity the day after Thanksgiving. Go outside instead of standing in a long line of shoppers? Sold. And Alaska is the perfect place to give it a try. Erin Kirkland
Roosevelt elk, the largest of the four subspecies of North American elk, were historically distributed from northern California to southern British Columbia. Their range and numbers have dwindled over the years.Joseph Robertia
Putting all smack talk aside, and there is plenty, I have to say that even as a proud Anchorage resident, I love Fairbanks.Alli Harvey
Hares seem to exist just to be a food source. Many times, they are white before snow falls, and when that happens, they become white targets in the black spruce and willow thickets. John Schandelmeier
Find outdoors events for November 20 through 23.
The Anchorage snowboarding and ski hill has been furiously making snow, but that will slow later this week when warm weather returns to Southcentral Alaska. Mike Campbell
Skaters are already flocking to Potter Marsh and other locations in Southcentral Alaska.  Even though Westchester Lagoon isn't officially open yet, skaters have been spotted there. Mike Campbell