- While Homer is most noted for its beautiful summer
months, the winter months also offer many activities. As the shorter
days come to the Homer area people try to escape "cabin-fever"
and get outside as much as possible. As a result, winter activities
are as diverse and enjoyable as their summer counterparts.
- Snow machines are a big part of the winter fun for
Homer residents and many own their own "sleds" with which
they explore the back country. Caribou Lake trips into the back-country
are prominent and races are also held for the speed-demons. The Poker-Run
is an annual event sponsored by local businesses and offers cash prizes
for those building the best poker hand from cards picked up at various
check-points. This event is held in the month of January and does
have an entry fee which is converted into the cash prizes. Snow machine
and stock car races are also held on Beluga Lake (weather and ice-thickness
permitting) with outside racers coming to town to compete on the tricky
- Crosscountry skiing is another popular winter sport
which attracts many people. Homer has many trails that should appeal
to a wide range of abilities. For those seeking groomed trails there
are three main choices offering many kilometers of skiing. The Baycrest-Diamond
Ridge trails are maintained throughout the year and offer the skier
views of Kachemak Bay. Ohlson Mountain features the trail system where
local races are held and McNeil Canyon is the out-of-town alternative.
There is also plenty of wide open space for the backcountry adventurers
to find their own favorite place.
- Alpine skiing is also available at Ohlson Mountain
past the cross-country trail. An 800-foot rope-tow services the ski
hill and daily or season passes are available. The tow is run by the
Kachemak Ski Club.
- Homer also offers two main ice skating areas, the
Homer Skating rink behind the Junior High and Beluga Lake. The rink
is used for both free skating and hockey.
- Finally, for those who didn't get enough sport fishing
during the summer months, angling is still an option in the snowy
months. Winter king salmon trolling and ice fishing can be an angler's
delight. Local charters now offer winter-trolling day trips and the
sport has grown in popularity during the last few years. Bring warm
clothing and a strong arm for playing the fiesty feeder kings. Ice
fishing requires some special gear, notably an auger and ice skimmer,
however rods are short and simple and bait can be anything from corn
to eggs. Caribou Lake is a local hotspot for kokanee (land-locked
red salmon) but be prepared for standing on the ice for long periods
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