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Momo.Where do you recommend to (live, ski, skate, see, etc.), I've only been to Juneau and outside of Anchorage.
50KalWhat’s the desire for moving there?
Lifetime move or just a season to work and check it out?
Momo.I’m planning on moving to Juneau with my friend because she does trail work out there in the summer ~ I was thinking of feeling out a year in Juneau and then figuring it out from there (:
50KalIf you've been to Juneau before then you might know the deal a bit. Cruise ship island town (shitty gift shops, price gouging restaurants) with a big emphasis on alaska adventure tourism/ Old people tours (Scenic flights, whale watching, Etc).
A ship comes in and the town grows by 10,000 in a couple hours, beer price rises for 3 days before the ship leaves. Lots of tours everywhere, mostly hire college kids/J1s willing to come and make money for summer.
Whats stopped me from working in Juneau is stories of trying to find a place to live. I known people that have made it work but I've also heard of people camping all summer long and I say fuck that in a wet coastal climate. Personal preference when it comes to living conditions.
Would be lots of hiking, Glacier stuff, ocean fishing (if you meet/work with people who own a boat), whatever discount/free tours you could get on, and however much work you want.
The way the Alaska tourism industry is these days, I imagine you will be asked/voluntold to work more than quoted in your interview. Alaska does have one of the best labor laws in the US (any day over 8 hours is Overtime).
Juneau would be rad for a summer, just know you might not be able to see the other parts if AK til the summers over. Flights are booked heavily, and depending on work they might not give you alot of time off. That is one problem of AK, wherever you work its really hard to go elsewhere in the state if your doing a tourism job.
I've have personally not been to Juneau (actually trying to get a hut trip planned there for Feb).
I worked outside Denali NP at a Helicopter tour company for three summers. That company used to have a base in Juneau but now both base work are owned by Temsco helicopters. I have know people have worked for Temsco and they have nothing but good things to say about them.
Would highly recommend working for them if you have the ability to work hard and can pass drug test.
Denali is really awesome, more mountain stuff, interior AK. Denali NP holds a special place in my heart.
If your gonna go to the mainbody AK I would recommend a good vehicle. Had I got/brought a small truck or suv I could of done so much more in AK.
Any other tourism town would be rad and worth the experience. Homer, Anchorage, Whittier, Talkeetna, Girdwood, Seward, Mccarthy.
Just don't work for a fish processing plant. That's where the workforce is 60% former criminals. Worst places to work.
I highly recommend checking out this website for work. https://www.coolworks.com/alaska-jobs
Coolworks is where I found my job originally and most everyone in Alaska uses it for seasonal job posting.
Alaska, I would recommend for anyone who likes or loves the outdoor.
Hit me up if you have more questions.