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A man who escaped an avalanche in the Alaska Range in early December returned to the site of the slide with another man to retrieve the body of Erik Peterson, who died in the avalanche.

Dermot Cole
If you’re like me, you often visit the reservations sites too late to score a good cabin. It pays to plan and, luckily, with hundreds of cabins to choose across Alaska, there are still plenty available if you book now.  Alli Harvey
The man who was completely buried in an avalanche last week at Turnagain Pass said he let his backcountry skiing partner talk him into skiing a run he knew was too steep. Though unharmed, he was still feeling “foolish” after setting off the slide.Nathaniel Herz

More than 1,000 people jumped into the frigid waters of Goose Lake in Anchorage for a good cause on Saturday, part of this year's Polar Plunge event that organizers expected would raise more than $400,000 for Special Olympics Alaska.

Devin Kelly
The 350-foot-wide avalanche was triggered by the skier and ran downhill an estimated 1,000 feet on the southwest face of Sunburst Ridge. The man's companion, who escaped the avalanche, helped dig him out. Megan Edge
Avalanche dangers and closures at Turnagain Pass have been a cause of frustration for backcountry enthusiasts. The area was still closed to snowmachiners Tuesday, and a recent storm has made skiing and snowboarding more dangerous. Megan Edge
Many prices and fees for overnight camping, annual parking passes and boat launching that have been the same for more than a decade are changing at Alaska State Parks.Megan Edge
The beloved annual tradition, which about 30 Alaska groups typically participate in, often yields surprises for patient birders.Nancy Lord

Ullrfest, named for the Norse god of winter, was capped off Dec. 26 with a bonfire fueled by old skis.

Bob Hallinen
Sled dog races planned for Chugiak and Anchorage have been called off because of a dearth of snow on local trails. Alaska Dispatch News

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