If you were to overlay a map of the state of Alaska over top of a map of the same scale of the lower 48 United States, you would be amazed to find that Alaska stretches nearly from coast to coast, and from the Canadian to the Mexican border. With 570,374 square miles of land, Alaska is easily the largest of the 50 United States. It also has the longest coastline of all the states.
Alaska is rich in natural resources such as petroleum, natural gas, coal, and gold, and it features over 3,500,000 lakes, making it a very “wet” state as well. Marshland and wetland permafrost also co-exist with 16,000 square miles of glacier ice.
Although home to less than one million inhabitants, over 10 percent of Alaskans classify themselves as Native descent. Of these, approximately 4,000 are Aleuts, 12,300 are Athabascan, 15,200 are Inupiat, 9,300 are Tlingit/Haida, 1,300 are Tsimshian, and 21,000 are Yupik. The various Alaska Natives differ in ethnic origin, culture, and language. Originally reaching Alaska by way of the Bering Land Bridge (which is submerged now), Alaska Natives live in a number of different geographic and climatological regions. Read more
Known as the center of wonder and excellence, Alaska is home to the best skiing areas. The famous Alyeska Resort in the state gets about 631 inches of snow ever year. It is 2751 feet from the top and 2501 inches vertically. Alyeska has not long lift lines. It has nine lifts; six of them are chair lifts, two of them are surface lifts and the other one is cable car line. It also includes 68 trails classified as for novices, intermediates, and experts. Despite being among the bests in the world, the slopes of Alyeska are not too much crowded.
For the adventure seekers, Alyaska provides the pleasure of skiing at night. Its mountains covered with snow, glaciers and Northern Lights offers a spectacular view for the visitors.