Most winter activities start as soon as there is a least 12 inches of snow on the ground. That happens around the end of November or beginning of December through the beginning of April. You can find a list of available activities on the Activities board inside the Activity Center on arrival. Our friendly staff are available to assist you with your activities planning.  


In addition to our relaxing hot springs, free daily geothermal renewable energy tours offer guests an opportunity to learn more about our energy saving projects. Simply check-in at the Activity Center by 1:45PM or 3:45 PM and sign up for the one hour tour.


Guests must be at least 18 years old to use outdoor natural adult Rock Lake.

Chena Hot Springs Natural Outdoor Rock Lake (ages 18+), outdoor hot tub-all ages, indoor family swimming pool and indoor hot tubs-all ages.

Prices Type Age
Adult Swim/Soak $15 18-59
Youth Swim/Soak $12 6-17
Senior Swim/Soak $13 60+
Children with paying adult Free 5 and under
Family Swim Pass $100 10 swims, not available to groups

*Natural Outdoor Adult Rock Lake is only available to persons ages 18 and over.


Chena Hot Springs Resort is home to the world’s largest year-round ice museum in the world, the Aurora Ice Museum! It was completed in January 2005 and stays a cool 25 degrees Fahrenheit inside year round. Keeping the museum icy cold in the heat of summer comes from the patented absorption chiller, the first of its kind in the world used for this purpose!

Daily tours are offered at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm & 7pm 

Please purchase tour tickets at the Activity Center Desk at least 15 minutes prior to start of tour.

Tour Prices:

Adult (ages 18+) $15,

Youth (ages 6-17) $10,

Children 5 & under free with paying adult.

"Appletini" Beverage served in ice glass (Ages 21+) $15 - Must be purchased in addition to ice museum tour $15 at Activity Center Desk (ID Required)

3 Day Ice Carving Workshop Prices:

Three day class with three night accommodations for ONE student, including meals, is $2,100.

Three day class with three night accommodations for TWO or more students, including meals, is $1,850 per student. (Maximum class size: FOUR students)



The Chena Sled Dog Kennel offers guests an exciting Alaskan adventure. During the snowy winter months, guests get a truly authentic taste of dog mushing. Our friendly, experienced guides take you gliding along our serene 1 and 1/2 mile trail, in one of our locally hand built traditional freight sleds which holds up to 4 persons. Sharing the sled with other guests may be necessary. After the ride, you’ll have a chance to take a photo with these amazing dogs or warm up in our visitor’s center.

All dog cart or dog sled rides operate based on availability, weather, trail and safety conditions.

Dog Sled Ride:

  • Adult $60 ages 18+  
  • Youth $30 ages 6-17 years 
  • Children ages 5 and under free with paying adult



The Chena Sled Dog Kennel tour is your chance to chat with an experienced musher. Your guide will teach you about the sport, sharing knowledge and answering any questions you may have. You will be introduced to some amazing Alaskan Huskies, learn about this fascinating breed, and tour a working mushing kennel of over 50 dogs. The educational visitor center is a great place to warm up in the cool winter months, or to get a break from the sun during the sunny summer months. You will definitely walk away from this tour with an abundance of dog mushing knowledge.

Kennel Tour:

  • Adults $20 18+
  • Youth ages 6-17 $10
  • Children 5 & under free with paying adult


Have you always wanted to drive a team of dogs around a beautiful winter trail and feel the rush of adrenaline with a speed you never imagined? Well, here's your chance to embrace the sport first hand by driving your own team of dogs! After an hour training session learning about Alaskan dog mushing, you will get behind the sled of your own team and travel around the resorts two mile dog sled trail. After completing your training as an Alaskan Dog Musher you will receive an official Chena Hot Springs Dog Musher Certificate.

All dog cart or dog sled rides operate based on availability, weather, trail and safety conditions.

Sled Dog Mushing School

  • $225 per person - Approximately 2 hours - 2 Person Maximum
  • Ages 14+ Note: No experience necessary, just bring your sense of adventure! No Youth or Children rates available.


Arctic Circle / Beaver Village $440 per person (Approx. 4 hours)

Fly north over the Arctic wilderness across the Arctic Circle. Land on the native village of Beaver which welcomes you to share the Alaskan Experience. (45 minute guided ground tour at the village). All flights require a FOUR passenger minimum. No Youth or Children rates available.

Glacier Tour to Mr. Deborah $390 per person (Approx. 2 1/2 hours)

Fly south past the Granite Tours and gold rich Salcha River. Cross the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and Big Delta River to the North side of the Alaska Range. All flights require a FOUR passenger minimum. No Youth or Children rates available.

Chena Hills-Angel Rocks/Autumn Colors $99+ per person (Approx. 30 minutes)

Flightseeing around the Resort offered at $99+ per hour/per person. All flights require a FOUR passenger minimum. No Youth or Children rates available.


If you enjoy nature and want to see the Aurora Borealis up close then an Aurora Viewing Snow Coach Tour at Chena is a must for your "life list." What is a Snow Coach Tour? It's an adventure of a lifetime! Depart the Chena Activity Center (1100 ft.) and venture 30 minutes up the hillside via Snow Coach to the top of a hill (2600 ft.) Our Snow Coaches hold three persons in the front compartment with the Tour Guide and 10 persons in the rear compartment. We have a total of six Snow Coaches available, so we won't leave anyone that wants to go behind!

After arriving on top, keep warm inside our heated 30 ft. Yurt and enjoy a hot beverage of your choice (Aurora Viewing Tour only). Head outside to see the gorgeous sunset (Sunset Tour) or the amazing Northern Lights (Aurora Viewing Tour) and create memories of your Alaskan adventure! "Restroom facilities" at the Yurt consist of two unisex outhouses to complete your "rustic" Alaskan experience. If that doesn't thrill you, then be sure to use the restroom in the Activity Center or your room before heading up.

Sunset Snow Coach Tour

  • 1 1/2 hours
  • Adult $50 per adult (18+)
  • Youth $25 (ages 6-17)
  • Children 5 and under free with paying adult ** However subject to availability based on operational and weather conditions.

Departure times vary due to time of sunset. Check with Activity Center Staff for daily departure time. (December 1 - March 31)

Aurora Viewing Snow Coach Tour, Nightly

  • 2+ hours
  • Adult $75 per adult  (18+)
  • Youth $37.50 ages 6-17
  • No Children ages 5 and under

Depart Activity Center at 10PM and return to the resort at 2AM (times may vary-check with staff). Earlier departure time from the top is possible only if ALL Aurora Viewing tour guests in ALL the Snow Coaches going up that night request it. Otherwise, due to safety reasons, ALL snow coaches must return to the resort at the same time. So please be prepared to stay until 2AM and enjoy the aurora!  (December 1 - March 31). 

Note: A minimum of FOUR persons is required for any Snow Coach tour to operate.


Enjoy winter activities when renting cross-country skis, snowshoes or ice skates at the Activity Center and cruise around the resort's 440 beautiful acres and scenic trails. The ice skating pond is located next to the Swimming Pool House. Various sizes available.

All day rental $25 per Adult. $12.50 Youth (ages 6-17) with paying adult

24 hour Winter Gear Rental

  • $15.00 per each item (Parka, Over pants or winter boots)
  • $30.00 for a set of three


Take a day time or evening Guided Snow Machine Tour around areas of the resort only accessed by snowmachine. Experienced Tour Guides show you the resort from trails and areas of the resort you haven't seen before. No experience necessary.

Rates are based on per person.

Adult ages 18+ $65 - Youth (ages 14-17) $32.50 - 45 minute Guided Tour

Note: Must be at least 14 years of age or over to ride.

Two person minimum required to operate either tour.

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REVISED JUN 10, 2015 2 PM - DF