Billie's Backpackers Hostel - Winter


Come to view the Northern Lights dancing across a crisp clear winter sky. 

View the World Ice Art Championships (within walking distance), or watch one of the many dog mushing events including the 1,000 mile Yukon Quest  sled dog race.

Winters here are exotic and Fairbanks offers you true arctic adventure.  

While most visitors chose to come between May and September, the winter months can be just as fun!

The Aurora directly outside our door!

You WILL NOT get a better view anywhere in Alaska!

It's quite common to see the Aurora from directly outside our door during the darker months of the year - late August thru late March.


Whatever you've heard one thing is certain, you will not believe your eyes! 
Step right outside the hostel door for the best light show in the world. Best of all, its FREE!

Fairbanks provides one of the best spots on earth for viewing the Aurora Borealis. That's because the city lies directly under the "Auroral Oval", a ring shaped region above the North Pole.

Because of our geography, Aurora activity is frequent and intense. On average we see the lights over 200 days a year.  Click on the link below to see the current "Aurora Forecast" provided by the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Fairbanks Winter Fun

Winter Sports ~

If you like winter sports you've come to the right place! Everything from ice skating to snow machining to curling can be found in Fairbanks. You can even try your skill at dog mushing. Dress in layers and wear a warm pair of boots. You don't need to go it alone either. There are many outdoor clubs devoted to these activities and guides ready to take you on the adventure of a lifetime.

There are hundreds of opportunities to get out and experience the real Alaska Winter!

Christmas at Billie's

"I arrived at midnight, Christmas Eve when the aurora was quite active. There is a great view of it just a few minutes walk from the hostel. It was my first hostel experience and it was great. I have met people from China, Japan, Indonesia, Spain, Netherland and Montana. Local people were warm and friendly. Will come back." 
December 2013 

"This is easily the best hostel I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. Sure I had an icy cold couch for a bed and it was in an icy foyer, because the hostel was full and it was there or outside)  but the hospitality and company was bloody brilliant!!
Besides! It was good conditioning for the 14 day dog sledding expedition that lies ahead."
               Anonymous -  March 2008 

"You have touch my heart with your essence Billie.  Just to think about aurora,  I kept postpone  trip for 15 years.  At first night arrived here, windy, 38 below, wow! thrilled, excited, when the cold hit  at Billie's home.  

"When Billies fire loving eyes, loving heart, make me warm, and fuzzy at first meet you.  A good host makes sweet home, safety, harmony, relaxing, enjoyable,it's truly family, friendship connected with you, and people I meet here.

"Something about Billie stand out loud and clear.."welcome, shalom, "its your vacation, make yourself at home...enjoy..and I'm really enjoying it!"  - Yutaka Sando (Japan), February 2008    

Local ce Sculpture
Dog Mushing
Manley Hot Springs
Hot Springs ~

The Fairbanks area is blessed with several mineral hot springs. Some offer an extremely remote wilderness setting (i.e., harder to get to- like Tolovana), while others like Chena are a short drive from the city.


"In the last century prospectors sought these places out as a welcome refuge where they could relax their weary bodies. For truly exotic northern experience come soak in an outdoor pool in the crisp winter air while the northern lights dance above.


Chena Hot Springs
Circle Hot Springs (closed)
Manley Hot Spring
Tolovana Hot Springs

Contact Us:

Billies Backpackers Hostel

2895 Mack Blvd.

Fairbanks, AK 99709