FAQ’s about Fairbanks!

Welcome To FairbanksHow many moose live in Fairbanks?

There is an estimated 500 moose, to include the areas of Ester, North Pole and Fox. Moose can weigh 800 pounds to 1600 pounds and up to 6 feet tall. If you encounter a moose, do not approach it. They can be quite dangerous especially if a calf is nearby. An estimated 150 moose are killed each year on the roads. Mostly in the winter when it is dark. The dead moose are salvaged by local charities so to not waste the meat.

Is it dark all day long in the winter?

No. The days get shorter and shorter as summer ends, with the shortest amount of daylight on December 21st (winter solstice), there is about 3 hours and 43 minutes of daylight. With sunrise and sunset it feels like 4-5 hours of light about 11am-4pm. After December 21st, we gain 6-7 minutes of daylight each day!

Is it daylight all day in the summer?

Just about, hence the midnight sun! We gain 6-7 minutes of daylight everyday after December 21st so by summer the daylight is pretty long! On June 21st (summer solstice) there is 21 hours and 49 minutes of daylight, the sun sets and comes right back up so it never really gets dark! About mid way through June and July its pretty much daylight all day long! After June 21st we loose 6-7 minutes of daylight each day.

What do the dog mushers do with their dogs in the summer?

Mushers will use ATV’s to train their dogs until there is snow on the ground and they can use a sled. Most mushers will give their dogs a break, and by August when the weather starts to cool start training again, so by November when there is snow on the ground they are ready to pick right back up.

Can you see the Northern Lights all year?

No. The best time to view them is December to March when it is the darkest outside. They are present all year long but the daylight prevents  you from seeing them. The Fairbanks area is one of the best places to view them from the end of August to April.

Why are there electrical outlets in all the parking lots?

Fairbanks has extreme cold temperatures in the winter and people have to “plug in” their vehicles so they don’t freeze. That is why the vehicles have extension cords sticking out the grill, it is to plug in the engine block heaters, battery blanket and oil pan heater. This will keep the vehicle warm enough to start up when its -40 outside!

Do people even go outside in the winter with the extreme temperatures?

Absolutely! There is many, many things to do during the winter. Dog mushing, ice fishing, snow machining, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing to name just a few.

 

Do people still mine gold in Fairbanks?

Yes! Fort Knox Gold Mine is located about 26 miles north and it is the largest open-pit mine in Alaska. They have produced more than 5 million ounces of gold since opening. They run year-round. Pogo Gold Mine is located about 85 miles southeast. Pogo Gold mine is an underground mine producing about 340,000 ounces a year.

 

 

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