Mount Aurora Skiland has been rated as one of the World's premier aurora viewing areas and I had decided that this was going to be the place for me. The sky looked dark from my hotel room, huge clouds hovered overhead. The weather was cool, crisp and awesome!
From information available on the internet, I gathered that the best time to reach the Skiland would be by around 3 pm. This would give me enough time to look around, take photos as well as get lost in the enchanting aurora.
The journey to the Skiland was beautiful in itself, lush evergreen trees and plants lined the way. Well-laid roads stretch all the way up the mount. It is a long and sinuous path, from where one can view distant signs of civilization. Sparkling white slopes lay all around. Communion with nature is something that invariably uplifts my mind. I find that it is mentally and spiritually uplifting. So much so, that the drive to the hill became a rejuvenating exercise in itself. I wasn’t about to complain, if this Alaskan getaway was going to pamper me silly.
Ski land takes an entrance ticket fee of 34 dollars and by the time you are done looking at the aurora borealis you will feel that it was 34 dollars that was well spent. ☺
The top was completely covered in snow and being from India, (where it snows in a select few areas of the country) the idea of skiing really fascinated me. I was not interested in trying it although there were many skiing equipment rental stores around. Quite affordable ones too.
As the sun went down, the lodge filled up with visitors waiting for the Northern Lights to emerge. All of us couldn’t wait to photograph this awesome sight. Finally I saw it and its beauty was simply baffling. The sky had lit up into a beautiful pattern. The aurora borealis had appeared on the dark, clear sky and it was as close to magic as I was going to get.