DENALI PARK — Visitors to the 2018 Winterfest celebration at Denali National Park got exactly what they came for: a balmy 20 degrees, light snow and wonderful day filled with activities.

There was snow sculpting, ice carving, workshops with artists-in-residence, s’mores around a campfire and more. The turnout may have been lighter than usual, because of recent snowstorms, but the fresh snow was a treat for skiers, snowshoers and even folks who just wanted a quiet winter walk. The Murie Dining Hall is now the winter indoor picnic area, and it was filled with warm food for visitors and displays from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Permafrost Outreach Team. The American Red Cross was also there, signing up residents for free smoke alarm installations.

Visitors came from across the country and from other countries as well.

Healy Hockey hosted a day of hockey games with teams from across the state. The celebration continues today with a guided snowshoe walk, 10 a.m. to noon, starting at the Murie Science and Learning Center; and a “Beauty and The Beast” movie night at the Tri-Valley Community Center.

Reach columnist/community editor Kris Capps at Call her at the office 459-7546. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.

Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.