Cross country skiing, snow machining, snow-shoeing, ice skating, ice fishing and hunting are only some of the many things to do during the winter months. You may even catch a glimpse of the northern lights! However, winter is not all darkness in Haines. On the shortest day of the year (December 21st) we have nearly 6 hours of daylight and the rest of the time, we enjoy abundant snowfall and many days of clear blue skies.
Heli-skiing, snowboarding, snow-machining, and cross country skiing are the primary ski sports in Haines. Most skiing and snow-machining takes place up on the Chilkat Pass at the Haines Summit, about 40 miles out of Haines. Certain individuals also maintain cross country ski trails closer to town on the banks of the frozen Chilkat River.