Bears, Fish, and Hiking: Experience Brooks Camp to its Fullest

Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park is known as the bear place. Visitors and residents of Alaska alike visit the park to get a taste of these great creatures in the wild. It’s always been a wonderful way to see bears outside the confines of a zoo or without the risk that comes with accidentally running into one while camping! Take your Alaska SUV and car rentals to Brooks Camp to experience bears, fishing and much more.

Getting to Brooks Camp

Getting to Brooks Camp will take more than just driving out in your Alaska SUV and car rentals. Many people arrive at the camp via aircraft, however you can also access the camp by boat.

Plane services can begin in many of the surrounding towns, including Homer, King Salmon, Kodiak, Anchorage, and Dillingham.

For more information on getting to Brooks Camp, see their webpage on transportation. This will help you plane the route that’s best for you.

Bear safety

If you’re staying at the camp, it’s important you know about bear safety. All newcomers must take a brief training lesson on how to behave in the case of a bear encounter, and how to ensure both yours and our bears’ safety. This is true of even those visiting for a couple of hours. Particularly when the salmon runs plentiful, the odds of seeing bears are quite high. So we need to make sure everyone stays safe and happy.

Though you’ll have your training session when you arrive, it doesn’t hurt to do some research in advance. Brooks Camp has page on bear encounter that is informative and helpful. You need to be aware that you are more likely than not going to have a bear encounter. But it’s up to you to decide how that encounter goes, and how close the bear comes to you. These tips can help you with that. After all, running back to your Alaska SUV and car rentals won’t be an option! So be smart, be safe, be vigilant.

Plan your trip

How long will you be staying at Brooks Camp? Plan your trip, and research the best options for you. If you’re planning on staying a couple nights you’ll have to make the decision between camping and lodging. There are numerous lodges within the park that offer shelter and a bit of glamping. This may be ideal if you don’t want to lug around much camping equipment to and from your Alaska SUV and car rentals.

After that, decide what you want to do. There’s plenty to see in the park besides bear watching – though that’s certainly a must-see!

Fishing is also a major sport within the camp. Here you can find salmon, rainbow trout, and arctic char. After all, why do you think there are so many bears! But remember to stay alert for bears. It isn’t unusual for bears to move toward the sound of splashing fish. That means they may go on investigating your line if you’ve caught on. Cut the fish free, and move to safety on land until the bear continues on their way.

If you’re interested in hiking, there’s definitely plenty around Brooks Camp. Dumpling Mountain, for instance, offers a spectacular view of the area. Hikes range from easy to difficult, so make sure you know your experience level. Speak to one of the guides in the camp to find out which route is best for you. Brooks Camp is big on the safety of their visitors, so they’ll make sure to offer you appropriate guidance.

This is just a taste of Brooks Camp. If you really want to experience the peace and quiet that comes with this natural bear habitat, get on out and enjoy.

Explore the great outdoors with your Alaska SUV and car rentals this summer. Reserve your vehicle today from Avis Alaska for good deals, great cars, and excellent service.

Take Your Alaska SUV Rentals for a Canoe Trip Through the Wild

Alaska is a place where people can truly experience the great outdoors. We connect with ourselves out in the wild. Discover things about nature and about our own spirits that we wouldn’t have in the hustle and bustle of the city. And there’s nothing more tranquil than a canoe trip in silent waters, listening to the call of the birds and the jumping fish. Sounds ideal right? With your Alaska SUV rentals, you can escape to the canoe trip of a lifetime.

Plan your trip

Of course, you can’t just head out on a canoe without an idea of where you’re going. You need to plan your trip accordingly.

First thing to do is decide where you want to go, and how long you’d like to be out for. For some, you may decide that a canoe trip without a guide is daunting. Maybe you’ve never been out in Alaska before, or maybe you don’t want to deal with the difficulty of planning the trip yourself. Whatever the reason, there are canoeing tours that will be perfect for you!

These trips are guided, and often go around well-known sites that you won’t want to miss. Often they’re only a few hours so you still have time after to go back out on your own if you so choose, or to head back into town in your Alaska SUV rentals for a hearty lunch to revive yourself. Here’s a brief list of some canoe tours available.

Otherwise, get out a map and start planning! Many outfitting stores around Alaska will offer maps that can help you plan your route and destination. We’d recommend a waterproof one, or else a waterproof packet for it. After all it’s going to be your only guide. If you’re unfamiliar with the terrain, it’s probably better to start off easy. Know your own limits, and speak to someone at the outfitter who may be able to help you choose a route that suits your skill level and knowledge.

Balance the boat

Now you need to pack your bags. Make sure you pack accordingly. Canoes can handle a lot of weight, but how much can you handle? If you’re going out for a few days, you’ll need all of your camping supplies and food. And a quick reminder – don’t leave any food in your Alaska SUV rentals! You may come back to damaged door from bears trying to get in.

But the rest you need to carry on your back when you stop for the day, or during portages. Pack nutritious, filling foods like nuts, energy bars, dried fruit, and trail mix to ensure you have plenty of energy for the trek ahead. And don’t full rely on a stove! Remember anything can happen in the wild, so pack foods that don’t always need to be reheated as well as fireproof pans in case your stove fails you.

Research the area

Next, you need to research the area you’ll be canoeing. As mentioned above, maps help with this. However, guidebooks can be helpful and speaking to the guide at the canoe rental shop will help you get tips about the area that the guidebook may not tell you. It also isn’t a bad idea to speak to local rangers and authorities, who want you to get out safe and treat the area with respect.

Once you’ve done that, the next step is to have your proper gear. This can include bear-proof food barrels and any wilderness tools you may need. Also make sure to have comfortable water shoes for any shallow water. Know the area – know if there are plentiful fish in the river, and what kind. That way you know what fishing equipment to pack. Research the tinder situation for your fires, and if there have been bear attacks recently. Finally, know if there are edible berries around. Alaska is rich in berries and food that is ready to be foraged. Do some research on how to forage and how to know what’s edible.

And don’t forget the first aid kit! That could be crucial on your trip. Anything can happen!

Tell someone where you’re going

Even if you’re going with several friends, it’s a good idea to tell someone else where you’re going. Perhaps your hotel clerk and some friends or family back home. Tell them the dates of your trip, and emergency numbers. After all, you may end up just leaving your phone in your Alaska SUV rentals – there isn’t much use for it in the wild! Often, you can’t get reception in the wilderness.

You’re almost ready to go. Just one last thing – book your Alaska SUV rentals! Reserve yours from Avis today to begin your canoe trip.

The Benefits of Getting your Alaska Vehicle Rentals from Avis

We know that every Alaska vehicle rentals agency will tell you they’re the best. The best service, the best prices, the best vehicles. But can they back it up? Here at Avis Alaska vehicle rentals, we know that our fleet is top quality and that our community is one of a kind.

A family company

Though we’re an offshoot of Avis, our company is actually an Avis system licensee, which means that we still have much of the flexibility of an independent company. And it shows! We have been family owned and operated since our inception.

To this day, family continues to a play major role in the Avis Alaska business. We see our staff as our family, and that family community has continued for decades. Look no further than this to understand why so many of our staff members have remained with us for decades.

Because of our family history, we believe in community creation. When you rent from Avis, you’re not just gaining Alaska vehicle rentals. You’re also gaining a community that will be here to support you throughout your journey.

Years of experience

Here at Avis, we know Alaska. We know its rhythms, its heart and soul, and its people. That’s because we have more than 60 years experience renting out vehicles to its residents and visitors alike. In fact, we’re the state’s most experienced Alaska vehicle rentals company. We have spent decades molding our service to match the needs of Alaska and its people.

Because of this, we’re also able to offer sound advice on what to do and see around Alaska. We can help you plan your day, and are more than happy to share our experiences of this great state.

Rental convenience

A convenient rental is a great rental. When you’re picking up your Alaska vehicle rentals, you want convenience, flexible policies, and efficiency. We strive to offer all of these things for our clients.

We believe rental companies should enhance your visit, rather than hinder it. That’s why we’ve expanded to include 12 locations across the state of Alaska. You have the flexibility to pick up and drop off your Alaska vehicle rentals at any of these locations. Not just staying in Anchorage or Juneau? We understand. You want to see the state! Offices are available in Fairbanks, Kenai, Kodiak, Petersburg, Sitka, Skagway, Haines, and Whittier. Never worry about inconvenient rental locations getting in the way of your travel opportunities.

Preferred renter’s program

Speaking of convenience, we are always looking for new ways to offer our clients an advantage. Our preferred renter’s program does just that.

If you’re a frequent renter, you may want ways to save a bit of money and increase the flexibility of your Alaska vehicle rentals options. Our preferred renter’s program offers improved rates as well as plenty of discounts for those involved. Furthermore, our agents will work personally with you to help you save money in other ways. One instance of this includes a 5 rental reward program. If you rent from us 5 times, you’ll be offered a free day on your next Alaska vehicle rentals. On top of that, you’ll be offered free upgrades, including free GPS unit rentals.

We truly value our clients at Avis. We understand that without you, there would be no us. That’s why community values are so important to us. We believe that when you’re happy, we have truly succeeded in our commitment to bringing the best Alaska vehicle rentals to our community. Loyalty, trust, and service – that’s what Avis Alaska brings to the table.

Do you want a friendly face behind the counter when you pick up your Alaska vehicle rentals? Then don’t hesitate – reserve your vehicle from Avis Alaska today.

Take Your Alaska Summer Car Rental on a Tour of Farmers’ Markets Around the State

Spring has sprung! It may be slightly chilly, but the summer up ahead is set to be a warm one. And farmers are already preparing by bringing out their goods for sale. Farmers’ markets have begun popping up around the state, and it won’t take long for you to come across one in your Alaska summer car rental.

What better way to go camping than with fresh, local granola and fruit? These markets have everything from fresh produce to artisanal jams and jellies, honey and baked goods, homemade crafts and more. It won’t take a local to find them, either. Here are only a few (but don’t be scared to hunt for your own!).

Anchorage Farmers’ Markets

Many of our Alaska summer car rental clients stick around Anchorage, so you may have already seen this one. In fact, there are quite a few to be found.

From May 13 until September 10, the Anchorage Market and Festival runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm or 10 am to 5 pm, respectively. It’s the largest open-air market in the state.

The South Anchorage Farmers’ Market begins on May 13, as well. It is open every Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm, and Wednesdays from 10 am to 4 pm. This market runs a little longer, as well, as it closes October 7.

Mountain View Farmers’ Market is also open in Anchorage, but offers different times from what is available in others. Its hours are slightly more convenient for working individuals, running from 3 pm until 7 pm every Thursday. The market opens June 15 and runs through September 14.

Center Market again offers hours that are a little more convenient. Open three times a week from 10 am until 6 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays, you’ll have plenty of options to bring your Alaska summer car rental.

Finally, Spenard Farmers’ Market is another Saturday affair, running from 9 am until 2 pm weekly.

Fairbanks Markets

Fairbanks is another popular visitor spot for our Alaska summer car rental clients. The Birch Hill Market opens mid-May and runs through September each year. Open Thursdays and Fridays, this 1 pm open time market offers late closing hours at 8 pm.

The Market Festival Fairbanks opens this month early June, and runs until September 7. It’s open throughout the week, Monday through Friday, from 12 noon until 8 pm.

Southside Community Farmers’ Market opens on June 2 and lasts until September 29. While it’s only open one day a week – Thursdays – its 4 pm until 7 pm open times are convenient still.

Finally for Fairbanks, the Tanana Valley Farmers’ Market opened May 9 and runs until September 20. Head down between 9 am and 4 pm for bustling Saturday shopping. Or, between 11 am and 4 pm on Wednesdays or Sundays for something more relaxed.

The Haines Market

There may be only one major market in Haines, but it certainly holds its own. Head on down to the Southeast Alaska State Fair Grounds from June until mid-September for some great local goods. The fair opens from 10 am until 1 pm every Saturday.

Homer Markets

Two markets can be found in Homer, Alaska. Homer Farmers’ Market runs from May 23 until September 30 (a late run!). You can find it at Ocean Drive across from the Washboard every Wednesday from 3 pm until 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am until 3 pm.

The second is Meadow Drive Market. This market opens on June 15 and has a very late run until November 1 – so you can get fall shopping in, too! Market times are Wednesday and Thursdays from 12 noon until 6 pm.

The Kenai Saturday Market

Taking your Alaska summer car rentals up to Kenai for a spot of fishing? Nothing goes better with fresh catch than fresh local produce! From May 23 until September 19, grab a few nice sides to your salmon every Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm.

This is just a taste of what Alaska has to offer. The farmers’ markets in this state are abundant, and beautifully supplied.

Reserve your Alaska summer car rental from Avis today so you can load up on local goods!

Keeping You – And Alaska’s Bears – Safe in your Summer Alaska SUV Rentals

If you’re traveling around Alaska in your summer Alaska SUV rentals, you’re likely going to see a bear. While many people speak of bears as scary creatures, they’re beautiful and, if you know what to do, will do you no harm. Unfortunately, there’ve been a great number of incidents of bear deaths by those who are scared. However, we want to stress that bears don’t need to be a threat. They’re part of our wildlife, and should be loved and protected.

That’s why we’ve put together a little list to keep both you, and our bears, safe from harm this summer. As long as you do everything right both you and our bear population should be able to co-exist peacefully! After all, if you want a truly Alaskan experience, that comes with living alongside these animals.

Remain calm

Remain calm. That is the most important thing to remember. If you have kids, this is the first thing you should stress to them before setting off in the wilderness. Remain calm, don’t run. Stay still and stay relaxed.

If you can, begin to back up slowly. But if the bear follows, don’t begin to run. Just stop, hold your ground, and avoid seeming threatening.

Let them know what you are

It’s good to let the bear know you’re human. This may sound silly, but speaking calmly to a bear can actually put the pressure off. That first moment of contact can be startling, but a calm voice to remind the bear you’re human may actually relax them enough to set them off in the opposite direction. Many bears in Alaska are more used to humans than you may think, and, hopefully, understand that we won’t hurt them.

Give them some space

If you see a bear while in your summer Alaska SUV rentals, and waiting for them to clear off your campsite, give them a minute. Just remain in the car, or find a new spot.

If you’re out and about, just give them some space. Bears will only attack if they feel threatened. They have no desire to attack humans. So if you see a bear, keep your distance (but you probably don’t need that reminder!) and let them do their own thing. Female bears and cubs need a little extra space. Mama bear doesn’t want her cubs to feel threatened, so show you’re no risk by leaving them plenty of personal space.

Move along

If you see a bear at the side of the road, some people will stop to take a picture. While this may be tempting if you’re just visiting and have never seen a bear, it’s best to move your summer Alaska SUV rentals along. Heavy crowds can be agitating and frightening – imagine how you’d feel!

Remember also to keep an eye out at night. Turn your lights up around bends with low traffic, and be aware of the shoulders. Any movement on the sides of the road should activate further response, like slowing down.

Avoid areas with animal smells

Fish and animal carcasses, areas with lots of berries, and areas with large, round balls of dung (bear dung most likely!) are best avoided. While it may seem appealing to camp near a berry patch, you’re also more likely to have a visitor at night.

Other areas to avoid are those with thick brush. In here it’s a lot harder to see bears or for them to see you.

Make noise and walk with the wind

When walking through the woods, make noise. Bears will be less startled if they know you’re coming. Speak loudly, sing, tromp on the twigs – whatever you need to let nearby animals know you’re on your way. Walking in groups is always best to help alert bears, as well. More likely than not, they’ll clear out to get their space and give you yours.

If possible, walk with the wind. When the wind blows across your back, it carries your smell in front of you. This helps alert the bear to your presence.

Keep your food to yourself

First, don’t feed bears. This only gives them reason to come back, and could cause protectionist behaviors around food. This means also that you should never give bears in the river any of your food. If you see a bear coming, stop fishing, or give your line slack in case there’s a fish on it.

Second, invest in a bear-proof food barrel. These can be found in most outfitter shops, perhaps even for rent, and will protect your campsite from unwanted nighttime scavengers.

In the case of attack, if bears come close despite your calm and assertive stance, make some noise. Bang pots or speak loudly. Always drive the bear away from you rather than run from it. If a brown bear looks ready to attack, play dead. Black bears are often scared off. If you’re really concerned of attack and playing dead isn’t working, finally you may bring out bear deterrent.

Bears are beautiful creatures, who are, generally, quite harmless. Don’t threaten them and they shouldn’t threaten you! Our summer Alaska SUV rentals clients rarely have close encounters with bears, and bear attacks in Alaska are quite rare. Remember, stay calm, and when in doubt, stay inside.

Reserve your summer Alaska SUV rentals today!

Camping with Kids? Be Prepped in your Summer Alaska SUV Rentals

Camping can be a challenge in itself. When you toss kids into the mix, the whole thing takes a lot more preparation. Worth it, of course! If prepared well, your camping trip will spur a lifelong love of camping and the wilderness in your children. If not, it could leave them whimpering to sleep in your summer Alaska SUV rentals.

We’ve created a small checklist to help you pack your summer Alaska SUV rentals accordingly. While many experienced campers may know these things already, it doesn’t hurt to have a little reminder.

Don’t overdo it with the snacks

While it can be extremely tempting to have a weekend full of typical camping food – hot dogs, marshmallows, s’mores, the works – it won’t offer a nutritional enough diet to keep the kids happy. Though they may be thrilled at the prospect of a weekend in the woods with junk, their stomachs will naturally start to say otherwise.

Try to balance out eat day with healthy food. Granola, fruit, and fresh veg will go a long way to keeping the kids happy. Keep in mind also that things like eggs and peanut butter can stay out of the fridge for a couple days without going off. Super nutritious and delicious!

You can’t go wrong with a little canned fish, as well. Tuna pasta tosses with K-D and broccoli on the fire are fairly healthy, tasty additions. Alternatively, fire top scrambles with veg, salami and cheese sandwiches, crackers with jam, nuts, and quick mix bean burgers are easy and nutritious.

Extra layers and tarps – camp uphill

While most campers know to keep the tent uphill to avoid runoff, those extra couple layers are often forgotten. As usual, use a tarp under the tent and even one over in case of rain. But once you’ve set your tent up, add an extra layer (or two!) of woolen blankets to the inside tent floor. Bring sleeping pads for extra comfort, as well as insulation.

It also doesn’t hurt to add a couple layers to the outside. A few additional blankets for around the fire can’t hurt. Fires are good for keeping your front warm, but the shoulders can get chilly quickly, even beneath a hoodie.

Don’t forget to top up first aid

It’s easy to forget to replenish first aid. Much of the time, having things like indigestion medication, allergy treatment, and cold and flu medication may not be an emergency – unless you’re out in the woods. Before setting out in your summer Alaska SUV rentals, make sure to top up your first aid kit. Marshmallows and hot dogs can be tough on a little one’s tummy, and you don’t want their trip to be ruined.

Toilet paper – and lots of it

When in doubt, bring another roll. Enough said!

Games and equipment

The great outdoors can keep most people occupied for hours. However, that doesn’t always apply after dark. You likely don’t want your child out and about exploring when dusk arrives. Bring along a few board games, some puzzles, craft supplies, books, and coloring books for the kids. Make games out of what they’ve found in the woods that day. Perhaps the shells and sticks become part of a new art piece or homemade costume.

Fireside games are also quite good. Put on little plays for each other, or bring out the story time fireside games to work their imagination.

Extra batteries

There’s nothing more frustrating than running out of batteries in your flashlight when a little one has to use the toilet at night! Make sure to bring an excessive amount of batteries and 2-3 flashlights. That’s what the storage in our summer Alaska SUV rentals is great for, after all!

Be prepared for bears

Bears shouldn’t bother you. If you’re concerned, our blog article on dealing with bears can help. It’s important to remember that bears aren’t a threat. Talk to your children in advance about how to deal with them. Come up with an action plan that is easy for them to remember. Rehearse it. Often, simply standing your ground, speaking calmly to the bear, and not threatening them in any way will be enough to have the bear move along.

Don’t surprise the bears, and don’t scare them – especially if cubs are around. Remember that mama bears are just as protective of their kids as you are! So threatening moves will cause a problem. Otherwise, you should be safe! Bear attacks are very rare around Alaska. We treat them as gorgeous, wonderful creatures with which we share this great wilderness.

Remember that bear mace should be used in rare and only emergency circumstances. To keep bears away from your campsite, don’t bring food in the tent, and invest in a bear-proof food barrel.

Begin your camping trip by reserving your summer Alaska SUV rentals from Avis today!

Celebrating 150 Years of Alaska! Fun Facts You May Not Have Known

This March 30, we celebrated the 150th anniversary since America bought Alaska from Russia. The 49th state, but the Northern most one divided from the “lower 49”, we’re proud to call this unique, young state our home. And it certainly is unique! Here are a few fun facts about the state to ponder while you’re out and about enjoying the landscape in your Alaska car rentals this spring.

Alaska: the 49th State

On March 30, 1867, the United States of America purchased what would become our 49th state from Russia for a mere $7.2 million. In fact, Alaska is just 50 miles from the Western most tip of Russia!

However, Alaska wasn’t granted statehood until 1959. Before that time it was the Department of Alaska, the District of Alaska, then the Alaska Territory before its place as our 49th became official.

Wildlife population: 50% of human

The wildlife population is Alaska is famous. From polar bears to reindeer, Alaska is a state romping with beautiful, enormous creatures. But did you realize that the total population of black bears, polar bears, brown bears, and moose is nearly half the population of people in the state? With only 737,000 people in Alaska, it is definitely one of the under populated regions of America; the overall population density is less than 2 people per square mile. But with 175,000 moose, 100,000 black bears, 30,000 brown bears, and 4,700 polar bears, you’re almost as likely to come across a wild animal in your Alaska car rentals as you are to come across a person!

Be careful though. This high population of wildlife unfortunately also means there’s a higher likelihood of fatal collision. Roughly 550 to 800 moose are killed each year from motor vehicle collisions on the highways. That’s why driving safely and undistracted in your Alaska car rentals is so critical.

The largest state

Which state is America’s largest? If you guessed Texas, you’d be close – but, still wrong. In fact, Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas. Don’t think that’s impressive? Well, not only is Alaska America’s largest state, it is also only exceeded in size for a single region’s landmass by 16 countries in the world.

Speaking of size, Alaska’s largest lake takes up roughly the same land area as Connecticut. It’s Lake Iliamna in Southwest Alaska at the north end of the Alaska Peninsula. Head on up in your Alaska car rentals to look for the legendary Lake Iliamna monster.

What’s in a name?

Like many places across Canada and the United States, this state’s name comes from an indigenous word. “Alaska” is derived from an old expression from local indigenous tribes, meaning “object to which the action of the sea is directed.”

Furthermore, Alaska is the only state name that can be typed using just one line of a computer keyboard.

The wildlife and fishing of Alaska

Alaska is known for its wildlife. So, naturally, there must be some quirky facts about them!

It’s illegal in the state of Alaska to disturb a sleeping bear in order to take its photographs. That makes sense! After all, the saying goes, never wake a sleeping bear.

The fishing and seafood industry across the state is crucial to its economy. It maintains the livelihood of large numbers of residences, while also ensuring their food supply is maintained throughout the year in a landscape that doesn’t take kindly to agriculture. This industry is the largest private industry employer in Alaska.

Of course, it makes sense that fishing would be so important. The state has over 3,000 rivers and an incredible 3 million lakes. It’s bordered by thee seas, and contains 20,171 square miles of inland water, which is more than any other state. One more fish fact – the largest ever salmon was caught in the Kenai River, weighing in at a whopping 97.5 lbs!

Do you need any more reason to go fishing this summer? Alaska is definitely the place to do it. We love our state, and if you haven’t been yet, we know you will too. Reserve your Alaska car rentals from Avis for a summer of fun, fishing, and freedom from the bustle of the city.

The End of an Era: Saying Goodbye to the Alaska Aces

The Alaska Aces – one of this state’s gems. This team let us feel proud of our boys, and geared up to enjoy a good night of hockey and fun. But, unfortunately, now it’s time to say goodbye. After this season, you will no longer be able to bring your Alaska winter car hires to see the Alaska Aces play.

Reasons behind the team’s end

Team owners explained the difficulty behind the decision, citing financial burdens and the economic downturn as the final deciding factor. They explain that deliberations lasted months before a decision was reached.

It’s a sad fact that Alaska’s economy is not up for supporting the costs of a professional hockey team. Owners detailed the severe effects of job losses in Alaska, including $262,000 drop in season ticket sales and 1500 decrease in spectator numbers per game. It’s not just local spectator funding that’s down either. Sponsorship revenue fell $600,000 this year alone. In an age that’s concerned about keeping up with bills and putting food on the table, professional hockey teams need to take a break.

However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Who knows if the end of the team is permanent? The ownership team applied for Voluntary Suspension of operations – could that mean the team may restart with an upsurge in the economy? We can only hope.

In the meantime, let’s remember the great memories that this team has offered. Feel free to share your stories of taking your Alaska winter car hires to an Aces game in the comments below.

Season ticket refunds

Already put money down on a season? Don’t worry. You’ll get your money back. Owners expressed an apology towards loyal fans who have already placed a deposit on season tickets for the 2017-2018 season. All deposits will be refunded in full.

Catching the last few games

Fortunately, the season doesn’t end until April. That means that you still have a few more chances to take your Alaska winter car hires to see the Aces play before they cease operations.

Their first 7 games of March are unfortunately away games, with the Utah Grizzlies, Colorado Eagles, and Rapid City Rush. However, they come back to Alaska for a home game facing the Cincinnati Cyclones on March 15 at 7:15pm. Following that, they have 5 more home games throughout the month, each beginning at 7:15. These are March 17 and 18 against the Cincinnati Cyclones, and March 24, 25, and 26 against Rapid City Rush.

On March 29 and 30 they are away again to play the Fort Wayne Komets and the Quad City Mallards, respectively. They face off against the Quad City Mallards again on April 1, before finishing the season in their home rink. Their final three games will take place on March 5, 7, and 8 against the Idaho Steelheads.

Buy your tickets now to make sure you catch one of these games in your Alaska winter car hires before it’s too late.

A sad loss for Alaska

The loss is a substantial one for Alaska sports fans. The Alaska Aces held the role of Alaska’s only professional team. With their end, comes also the end of Alaska’s professional sports. Fans across the state are devastated and heartbroken by the news. For these fans, the team offered more than just somewhere to take their Alaska winter car hires on a Friday night – they bolstered state pride.

Stories and photos have been shared, signed jerseys worn with pride and nostalgia, and a small tingle of hope lingers on that this isn’t really the end – just a little road bump. Only time will tell.

For now, we honor the 15 year long history of the Alaska Aces. We thank this team for bringing Alaskan pride throughout the Southern 49 and to our own community.

Don’t miss the final games of this great team. Reserve your Alaska winter car hires from Avis today.

Potential Changes in the Dipnetting Agenda 2017

Alaska is known for its fishing industry. It’s a state pastime to head out onto the Kenai to fill the freezer with red salmon and maybe even keep a few for dinner that night. After all, there’s nothing better than fresh caught fish for dinner. And we just love hearing the stories our Alaska SUV rentals clients have about fishing in Alaska’s numerous rivers.

This year, however, there may be some changes to the dipnetting regulations around the Kenai. Before you panic – don’t worry, this practice will still be enjoyed and encouraged around the river. But regulations may shift to prevent 24-hour fishing and boat use, among other things. What are these regulations? And how will they affect you and your Alaska SUV rentals? Let’s find out.

Extended season

Let’s begin with the good stuff. When the proposal goes before Alaska’s Board of Fisheries, with it will be presented a proposal to extend the dipnetting season until August. Currently the season is from June until July. The extra month may benefit those who are also spending the summer hunting or fishing in other regions.

This proposal stems from a concern from dipnetters who claimed that last season, runs weren’t as strong as they’d like. Because of this, they believe that an extension of the season would help both their own need for fish to last the winter and to help manage fish population.

Increased bag limit

Present regulations allow fishers to bag 25 salmon and 10 flounder per household in the Upper Cook Inlet personal use fishers: Kenai dipnetting, Fish Creek dipnetting, Kasilof dipnetting, and Kasilof set gillnetting. The increases by 10 salmon for every additional household member. However, if the proposals are passed, the household bagging limit for salmon would increase by 10 fish. Now you really will be able to fill up your Alaska SUV rentals!

Use of boats and motors

There are several proposals that may ban or restrict the use of boats when fishing on the river. One proposal would entirely eliminate boat use on the river, while another focuses purely on the use of motors on the Kasilof River. The latter would allow boats with motors that do not exceed 10 horsepower.

Extension of territory

The Kenai River Sportfishing Association is looking to extend dipnet boat fishing boundaries. This proposal would see the boundaries move upstream towards Cunningham Park at river mile 6.6.

Elimination of the 24-hour emergency order

Regular fishing hours on the Kenai are the same daily, regardless of tides, and are from 6am until 11pm. But, these times may change in the instance of an emergency order for 24-hour opening. These orders follow the “Kenai River Late-Run Sockeye Salmon Management Plan” as outlined by the Board of Fisheries.

However, the City of Kenai has put forth a proposal that would eliminate the use of these emergencies orders due to safety risks to fishers. Their reasons rest in the difficulty of ensuring safety during the hours when heavy machinery are cleaning the beach.While fishers may not like this new elimination, it certainly makes sense in the overall consideration of civilian safety.

Shore-based dipnetting

Finally, a proposal has been put forth to allow landowners to fish from the shore. This would affect mainly those property owners who have property directly on the Kenai River. And their friends of course!

Mainly, these proposals shouldn’t too heavily affect our Alaska SUV rentals clients – except perhaps for the better. We are personally hoping for an increase in the bagging limit and extension of territory!

This is by no means a comprehensive outline of the nearly 200 proposals that will be put forth in the 14-day long public meeting. The meeting is currently in action, having begun on February 23 and will run until March 8. Only time will tell which of these proposals will be put into action.

In the meantime, start thinking now about your own fishing trip. It’s never too early to start planning! Reserve your Avis Alaska SUV rentals early to make sure you get the vehicle you want.

New Year’s Resolutions to Enjoy Alaska

New year, new resolutions! The typical resolutions involve working out, eating healthier, and experiencing life to the fullest. Fortunately, Alaska is the perfect place to fulfill these activities in an enjoyable manner. Our Alaska winter car rentals have the cargo space and offer the freedom to let you experience all of Alaska and we’ve outlined ways to maximize your resolutions with the sources of the state.

Exercise more

This is probably the most common and typical New Year’s resolution. If you don’t like exercise, though, it can be tough to keep this resolution. With Alaska’s wilderness, you can use the landscape as a natural gymnasium.

The mountains offer prime ground for hiking and climbing, offering a workout for your legs and a cardio activity. Skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are other great activities for getting your workout while having fun.

Spend more time outdoors

The activities mentioned above take care of this resolution, as well as exercising. Two birds with one stone, you could say. This is also the perfect way to spend more time with your family. Group hiking trips are not only fun, but will make sure the whole family remains active. Who knows? You may even see a moose or other wildlife while out and about.

Ice fishing, while a more sedentary activity, will get you out of the house in a relaxing setting. Take your Alaska winter car rentals out on the lake for some good ol’ fashion RnR with your fishing rod.

Try new things

Alaska is filled with activities that will keep you busy and interested in any season. Have you ever been ice climbing? What about glacier trekking? Dog-sledding? Well, in Alaska, you can try all three.

Our blog outlines the way you can begin ice climbing in Alaska. We’ve listed the equipment, and other tips you’ll need to know before you set out. We also explore dog-sledding in Alaska. Both are easy to get into with the right guides and companies. Most equipment is rentable so you won’t need to buy anything, or pack your Alaska winter car rentals to the brim.

Eat healthier

Since you’ve been fishing, you have already begun to fulfill this resolution. Fish is a healthy source of protein and fats to get you through the cold winter. Add more fish to your diet to improve your lifestyle, and cut down on red meat.

The activity itself will also help reduce your blood pressure, which fish in your diet will help to keep it down. Fill that Alaska winter car rentals with fish for your winter dinners.

Relax more

In North America, we tend to overwork ourselves. It’s time to relax a bit, and let yourself have some fun. The activities and sports mentioned above can help you relax, but the Chena Hot Springs are particularly perfect for RnR. Never been in a hot spring? Then this knocks both resolutions off your list.

The hot springs offer a nice escape from the chilly winter days. These are not only a great way to relax, but also good for fending off any flus or colds that may be on their way. The hot springs are only open to those 18+. The resort offers a variety of activities, massages, pools, the Aurora Ice Museum, and a number of other winter activities to enjoy. The smell found in the hot springs is from the minerals found in the water, but don’t let that dissuade you. Those same minerals are said to have healing properties.

Reserve your Alaska winter car rentals today to begin the fulfillment of your New Year’s Resolutions.