Keep Your Children Safe When Enjoying Alaska’s Favorite Winter Activities


The weather may be colder, but the days are getting longer and the kids in Alaska know that some of the best fun of the winter is still to come. There are many favorite activities that can only happen during the winter, and state tourism websiteVisit Anchorage Alaska outlines a few. There are sledding hills, outdoor skating rinks, cross-country and downhill skiing facilities, and many other facilities available to the public. Plus, hiking, snowmobiling, and riding ATVs are popular along the trails near the city.

Winter activities appeal to all ages, but children are susceptible to injuries for many reasons. Some are too young to understand the hazards, while adolescents and teens tend to take risks when having fun. If your child was hurt in an accident linked to negligence, it is wise to discuss legal remedies with an Anchorage child injuries attorney. Still, you can prevent harm by reviewing some helpful safety tips.

Safety Tips for Winter Fun 

No matter what winter recreation your kids enjoy, there are some recommendations parents can use to protect them.

  • When snowmobiling and riding ATVs, children must wear helmets and follow all relevant laws. For instance, children must be at least 16 years old to operate these vehicles unless supervised by an adult aged 21 or older.
  • Only allow children to ice skate in public rinks or lakes or ponds that have been cleared by authorities. Thin ice can be difficult to spot.
  • Stick to the trails when cross-country skiing with kids.
  • Though helmets are not required when sliding down any of the area’s sledding hills, make sure younger children wear them to protect against head injuries.

Of course, with any activities your child enjoys outside in the winter, there are concerns about the cold. Dress them in clothing and gear that is appropriate for the conditions, keeping in mind how wearing some items may increase the dangers because they restrict movement. Plus, in Alaska, there are times when it is not safe for anyone to be out.

What to Do if Your Child Was Injured

Your first instinct as a parent is the right one: Get proper medical care for your child right away. Delays put their health at risk, but they also send the message that the injuries are not severe. In addition:

  • Call 911 for emergency assistance.
  • Get a copy of the police report.
  • Take down details regarding the tour operator, rental company, business owner, or other entity operating the facility where your child was hurt.
  • If an insurance company calls, do not make any statements other than to confirm your name and contact information.


Contact an Alaska Child Injury Lawyer to Learn About Your Options

One of the most important tips involves your legal remedies after your child is hurt, so get in touch with an experienced attorney right away. You can rely on our team at Power & Power Law to guide you in recovering compensation, whether we are negotiating a settlement or litigating in court. Please call 907-222-9990 or go online to schedule a no-cost consultation at our Anchorage offices.