• For $57, you get a gold-panning adventure for two children (a $96 value including admission fee). • For $73, you get a gold-panning adventure for two adults (a $128 value including admission fee). • For $99, you get an Alaska Wildlife and Turnagain Arm bus tour for two people (a $208 value including admission fee).
The rustic timbered A-frame over the entrance to Mountain View Sports Center hints at the bounty of rugged winter wear, hunting gear, and camping equipment found inside. Hunters bag prize prey with guns and scopes from brands such as Browning and Winchester, or pull fish from clear mountain streams with professional-grade fly, spinning, and casting rods from G.Loomis and Shimano. Longer outdoor excursions benefit from tents, campsite cookware, and warm garments from labels such as Arc’teryx, Mountain Hardwear, and Patagonia. Shoppers can consult the knowledgeable staff for gear suggestions or pick up new fishing, hunting, or bear-hugging licenses before heading out on their next trailblazing adventures.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Alaska Dance Promotions hosts rhythmic, Latin-flavored classes for budding rug-cutters during Alaska’s largest dance festival, the Alaska Salsa Festival. Students who opt for the salsa-immersion program dive into a sequence of 12 weekly classes built around a cumulative curriculum that discourages drop-ins as thoroughly as steel ceilings. Alternatively, patrons can bolster their cardio fitness with the athletic dance moves and international rhythms of Zumba classes, opt for one-on-one lessons, or follow group classes as they roam through spicy modalities such as bachata, cha cha, and meringue. Partnerless dancers are welcomed and smoothly paired with fellow students, and classes require no specialty gear, only comfortable outfits in breathable fabrics.
From April through September, baseballs and softballs hurl toward awaiting batters in The Cage's eight outdoor batting cages. As batters warm up, they choose between slow pitch or fast pitch options for softball batting and from four speeds for baseball pitching. Each $1 token grants participants 12 chances to practice their bunting, homering, or pausing balls in midair if they believe hard enough. Monday through Friday from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., players can visit the facility to work on their batting, stock up on baseball apparel or gloves at the facility's shop, or celebrate a birthday with packages that include cage-rental time, a cake, and a gift for the celebrator.