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    Escape To The Alpine Lodge and Join The World Ice Art Championships

    When seeking a place to stay guests staying at the new Alpine Lodge will find cozy rooms and great amenities. And as a surprising touch you'll also discover bear tracks inlaid on the floor and copper salmon swimming on a smooth pebble river that covers the front desk reception area, and a décor featuring an Interior Alaskan theme. Fairbanks’ newest luxury hotel, the Alpine Lodge is a 115-room three-story hotel with amenities such as complementary breakfasts, an outdoor spa, a fitness center and business center. They offer free shuttles from the airport, which is only minutes away. The majority of the rooms are identical but there are family suites and business suites available too. The conference room holds approximately 75 people

    Known as the Ice Capital of the World, Fairbanks has been the home for the World Ice Art Championships since its inception in 1988. This annual international ice sculpture competition sponsored by the non-profit organization, Ice Alaska, has about 100 sculptors from more than 30 countries participating annually.

    Two events in Fairbanks, Alaska bring together clowns and ice sculptors from around the world. Held annually in Fairbanks, the World Ice Art Championships is held in late February through late March. The Annual World Clown Association Convention will be held in Mid-March at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. In honor of the clown association convention, ice art organizers chose “Greatest Show in Ice” as this year’s theme while the clowns selected “Think Outside the Icebox” as the theme for their annual spring convention.

    Spectators and competitors at this year’s World Ice Art Championships will enter through an 18-foot clown gate made of ice. The Flint Hills Resources Kids Park, an annual feature with interactive ice sculptures such as slides and mazes for the whole family, will also be clown and circus-inspired. Ice clowns guard the entrance to the ice maze and provide peek-though photo opportunities where visitors may put their head into the ice lion’s mouth, ride a clown car or train, lift weights with the circus strong man or glide down large elephant and gorilla slides.

    The clowns are planning to attend the Ice Alaska festivities, as well as participate in a number of other winter activities in Alaska’s Interior. Convention-goers will have a chance to try ice fishing, fly across the Arctic Circle or visit Santa Claus at the North Pole during their free time in Fairbanks. The fully-loaded convention schedule includes courses such as “Bubble Class,” where participants learn to blow extremely large bubbles, and “The Joys of Blessing Those in Nursing Homes” to learn the do’s and don’ts of nursing home clowning.

    By Melody Schubert

    Getting There:

    To plan your visit to the Alpine Lodge , call:(800) 455-8851 or visit www.akalpinelodge.com.

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