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From LAX, Alaska and United offer direct service (stop, no change of plane) to Anchorage. Alaska, United, America West, Delta and Continental offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $410.
Car rentals from most major agencies are available at the airport. The train depot is near Anchorage's downtown.
To make reservations for the ski train, visit the website of the Nordic Ski Assn. of Anchorage at http://www.anchoragenordicski.com . Tickets cost $60. The train will make two trips this winter. The southern trip, to Grandview on Saturday, is sold out. The northern trip, to Curry, is scheduled for March 12.
Other ski options are available in the Anchorage area as well. Alyeska Resort, (800) 880-3880, http://www.alyeskaresort.com , 40 miles south of Anchorage, offers world-class downhill skiing with nine lifts and a 307-room hotel. There are also miles of groomed cross-country trails winding in and around Anchorage.
WHERE TO STAY:
Hotel Captain Cook, 939 W. 5th Ave., Anchorage 99501; (800) 843-1950 or (907) 276-6000, http://www.captaincook.com . Luxury accommodations with an athletic club, business center, 24-hour in-room dining, and shopping inside this downtown hotel. Doubles from $110.
Hilton Anchorage, 500 W. 3rd Ave., Anchorage 99501; (907) 272-7411, http://www.anchorage.hilton.com . Just one block from the depot, this hotel has rooms, suites and executive accommodations. Doubles from $89.
WHERE TO EAT:
Glacier Brewhouse, 737 W. 5th Ave., Anchorage 99501; (907) 274-2739, http://www.glacierbrewhouse.com . Pizzas, burgers, steak and fresh Alaskan seafood. Entrees $9-$37.
Simon & Seafort's Saloon & Grill, 420 L St., Anchorage 99501; (907) 274-3502, http://www.simonandseaforts.com . Specializes in Alaskan seafood, wild game and other Alaskan fare. Entrees $16-$30.
TO LEARN MORE:
Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau, 524 W. 4th Ave., Anchorage 99501; (907) 276-4118, , http://www.anchorage.net .