Sports & Recreation

Sport Programs

The City supports active adult, youth, and school sports programs in baseball, softball, basketball, football, volleyball, soccer and ice hockey. Track and field begins in the spring at local high schools, along with the 26 mile Summer Equinox Marathon.

Basketball, ice hockey and a variety of shows and events are hosted at the 6500-seat Carlson Community Center. The Fairbanks Goldpanners compete in the country's premier amateur baseball league and are six-time National Baseball Congress Champions.

University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) teams compete at NCAA Divisions I and II in several sports, including men's and women's basketball and hockey. UAF’s Division I Rifle Team has been National Champions in 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002.

Three athletic clubs (and the university facilities) serve the community, along with three golf courses, forty-four neighborhood parks, three indoor swimming pools and a bowling alley.

Outdoor activities for every season

Fairbanksans love to be outdoors, and few places in the country offer a comparable range of year-round outdoor activities. An abundance of rivers and lakes are available to fisherman, boaters, water skiers, and swimmers. Joggers and mountain bikers take advantage of local parks and trails in all seasons. Cross-country ski trails are among the best in the country, and downhill skiers and snowboarders can enjoy three ski areas:

Moose Mountain
Birch Hill

Snowmobilers take advantage of hundreds of miles of trails to explore the wilderness and reach isolated cabins. Alaska's hunting and fishing are, of course, world-renowned: five kinds of salmon, trout, arctic grayling, moose, grizzly and black bear, caribou, Dall sheep, waterfowl, and grouse are only some of the more popular species.

Fairbanks also offers an exciting activity, which you cannot experience in many other places--dog mushing.

Wildlife viewing

For the photographer and wildlife observer, you don't have to travel far outside of Fairbanks to catch glimpses of America's greatest populations of moose, grizzlies, bald eagles, wolves and spawning salmon. Just an hour and a half from Denali National Park, and within a short flight or day's drive of several other of the nation's largest and most pristine national parks and preserves, Fairbanks has unequaled access to wilderness.