Running, Glaciers, and Reindeer! with Alison Desir

      Hope, AK, USA

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      Jul 10 - 15, 2024
      Group size: 6 - 17
      Running, Glaciers, and Reindeer! with Alison Desir
      Hope, AK, USA

      Run Alaska Trails
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      Jul 10 - 15, 2024
      Group size: 6 - 17

      About this trip

      Alison Desir invites you and all of her running friends to an "only in Alaska" summer runcation. 


      We're headed to TWO wonderful places in Alaska on this trip! Hope, a pastoral, laid-back village of 200 year-round residents and Palmer, a small town with a big heart and deep roots in Alaska's agricultural history. Alison Desir is our host for this runcation and she's teeing up plenty of fun for you under the Midnight Sun. 

      Our Accommodations

      Two nights at Bear Creek Lodge's rustic cabins OR Coldwater Lodge's rooms, 


      & three nights at Alaska Glacier Lodge's deluxe cabins. 


      Bear Creek Lodge features authentic log cabins on a picturesque pond and babbling creek. The cabins are cozy with wood burning stoves and decks to relax on. Called "dry cabins" and without running water, guests have access to a clean, comfortable, and modern bath house for freshening up before dinner (at its onsite Dirty Skillet eatery). 


      Coldwater Lodge is the next door neighbor to Bear Creek Lodge. The Coldwater rooms are more modern, each with its own ensuite bathroom. A quick walk (~ a minute) brings guests right over to Bear Creek Lodge, from their motel-like accommodations into the thick of things at our eating and gathering point. 


      Alaska Glacier Lodge cabins are newer and feature high-quality bedding, private bathrooms, mini-fridges, and a coffeemaker. We'll dine at the property's Raven’s Perch Restaurant and can also choose from a menu of optional fly-out tours by helicopter. 

      What’s included

      • 5 nights lodging
        Two nights lodging at either Bear Creek Cabins *or* Coldwater Lodge rooms and three nights lodging at Alaska Glacier Lodge.
      • All Meals
        All breakfasts, lunches, & dinners, with the exception of one lunch at Palmer's "Friday Fling" community festival.
      • Ground Transportation
        Pick up from airport, transportation to & from trails and other outings, and drop off at airport in comfortable, modern passenger vans.
      • Running Adventures
        Daily trail, road running, and hiking outings; guided by local Alaskans and tailored to individual experience and abilities.
      • Glacier Hike
        A hiking tour exploring blue and basal ice, in addition to learning about the history and glaciology of the Matanuska Valley of Southcentral Alaska.
      • Tram Ride
        A scenic aerial ride to the top of Mt. Alyeska. At an elevation of 2300 feet, expansive views of Turnagain Arm, up to seven “hanging” glaciers, and endless peaks deep in the Chugach National Forest.
      • Private Glacier Cruise
        A private glacier and wildlife cruise emphasizing environmental education and featuring a beach landing and walk.
      • Skybridges OR Spa Time
        A walk suspended 2500 feet above the valley floor with 360-degree views of Alaska’s wild landscape OR pamper time at Alyeska Nordic Spa.
      • Yoga & Stretch Session
        Relaxing and unwinding under the care of an Open Space practitioner against the backdrop of Knik Valley.
      • Reindeer Visit
        Learn about the unique and friendly animals famous for delivering presents. Hand feed and visit with Alaska's most famous ungulates.
      • Kombucha Bar
        Happy hour at a kombucha bar featuring fresh, local, ingredients in bubbly and delicious flavors.
      • Gift Bag
        A gift bag for each person featuring unique, handmade, local gifts.
      • Pre-Trip Meet & Greet
        A video meeting between Alison, your trip leader Kim, and all other guests prior to trip departure.
      • Great Payment Plan!
        Deposit + 3 equal payments due on November 1, February 1, and April 1. Registered guests have an opportunity to CROWD FUND their trips!

      What’s not included

      • Airfare
        Airfare (must book air travel into and out of Anchorage, AK, before our July 10th, 9:30am AST pick-up; location TBD). Guests are returned to ANC on 7/15 at 10am.
      • Helicopter Tours
        Explore azure blue melt pools and bizarre ice formations, as well as watch for wildlife via the sky. Guests can choose from and reserve a number of different heli-tours directly.
      • Souvenirs
        Souvenirs
      • Alcohol
        Alcohol
      • Side Adventures
        Any side excursions not listed above and included with trip purchase.
      • Trip Protection
        Trip protection via insurance and a separate membership to LifeMed Alaska is recommended. Please speak with an independent agent to explore the best coverage for you and yours.

      Available Packages

      Per person: shared double + mixed bath

      Two nights at Bear Creek Lodge in a shared double room (2 beds, 2 people) with a separate washroom away from the cabin and


      Three nights in a shared double room with ensuite washroom at Alaska Glacier Lodge. 

      $4,895
      Deposit: $700
      Per person: shared double + ensuite bath
      only 2 left

      Two nights at Coldwater Lodge in a shared double room (2 beds, 2 people) with an ensuite washroom and


      Three nights in a shared double room with ensuite washroom at Alaska Glacier Lodge. 

      $4,995
      Deposit: $700
      Per person: private room + mixed bath
      only 2 left

      Two nights at Bear Creek Lodge in a private room with a separate washroom away from your cabin and


      Three nights in a private cabin with ensuite washroom at Alaska Glacier Lodge. 

      $5,295
      Deposit: $700
      Per person: private room + ensuite bath
      only 2 left

      This package ensures the privacy of your own room *and* your own *ensuite* washroom throughout the entire trip. 


      Two nights at Coldwater Lodge in a private room with an ensuite washroom and 


      Three nights at Alaska Glacier Lodge in a private cabin with ensuite washroom

      $5,495
      Deposit: $700
      Second person sharing accommodations
      only 3 left

      For couples traveling together and sharing lodging; this fee covers the second person's adventure activities and excursions as well as meals, guides, and other items listed in "what's included". Please select a room arrangement above plus this package to register as a couple. 

      $3,700
      Deposit: $500

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