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Grand Alaska Collection of the Big Alaska Travel Auction

The Big Alaska Travel Auction is coming May 2, 3 and 4th starting at 7 p.m. each night on KAKM, KTOO and KYUK-TV. 


Do you have friends and family coming to visit this year?  Or do you want to just try something new?  Alaska Public Media is partnering with Visit Anchorage to bring the finest travel, hospitality and outdoor activities to you for this live auction.

The Grand Alaska Collection of the Big Alaska Travel Auction features some of the gems of the auction, with a value of $1,000 or more. 

Two Round Trip Tickets on PenAirpenair
Donated by PenAir
Valued at $800 each

PenAir – “The Spirit of Alaska” – was founded by Orin Seybert in 1955 when he was 19 years old and living in Pilot Point, Alaska.  Today PenAir is one of the largest regional airlines in Alaska and employs more than 500 people statewide.   

These two round-trip tickets on Pen Air are good for trips Unalakleet, McGrath, Aniak, Dillingham, Sand Point and King Salmon.  Tickets expire May of 2014, and reservations are required.    

Thank you, PenAir, for your ongoing support of Alaska Public Media.  UP FOR BID THURSDAY NIGHT.


Full Day ATV Guided Tours for Three People
Donated by Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours LLC
Overall value of $1,185

 Bid on this package with Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours for a truly unique experience where you don’t feel like a tourist but a welcome guest.  Their Knik Glacier Adventure is a popular adventure for everyone.

This ATV trip covers over 50 miles of premium Alaskan backcountry. You are taken right to the Knik Glacier through the some of the most exciting and scenic trails Alaska offers. Be on the lookout for wildlife everywhere, as wildlife is abundant in this area.  A delicious meal is included with this unforgettable ride. This trip is a full day of nonstop thrills.

And don’t worry each tour starts with some brief safety instruction followed by a demonstration of how to operate the equipment. Beginners have an opportunity to practice before heading down the trail with your guide.  Reservations are required.  This package is valid starting June 1 through August 30th, 2013. 

Thank you for your amazing support, Alaska Backcountry Adventures.  UP FOR BID SATURDAY NIGHT.


Tutka Bay Lodge Cooking School for Four.
Donated by Within The Wild Adventure Company
Value of $1,000

Tutka Bay Lodge is located in a remote and rugged fjord near the seaside town of Homer, Alaska.  The cooking school offers inspiration to explore Alaska’s regional products such as halibut, salmon, crab, and famous Kachemak Bay oysters – as well as the best of Alaska’s seasonal ingredients including homegrown vegetables, berries, mushrooms, Alaska honey, and other local fare.  The cooking school itself is housed in a Historic Crabbing Boat, which was originally a World War II-era troop carrier.

This amazing package includes roundtrip water taxi from Homer to the Tutka Bay Lodge where you will spend the day with Chef Kirsten Dixon while she shares secrets for global recipes prepared from a regional perspective. You will enjoy a seaside luncheon prepared by the class in a convivial setting with time enough to explore hiking trails or the shoreline before returning to the boat ride back to Homer with your signed Winterlake Lodge cookbook and apron.  Reservations required. 

Thank you, Chef Kirsten Dixon and Within the Wild Adventure Company, for this amazing donation and your continuing support of public broadcasting.  UP FOR BID SATURDAY NIGHT!


 Three Night Hotel Stay at the SKKY Hotel in Whitehorse
Donated by the SKKY Hotel
Valued at $1,000

Your Yukon Adventure starts at the SKKY Hotel, a small boutique hotel of refined elegance and exceptional guest service, tucked away in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.  This package is for a three-night stay in the Presidential Suite, dinner for two with a bottle of wine.  The Presidential Suite includes a King-sized bed, exotic rain shower, Jacuzzi, fireplace and a large balcony overlooking the valley and mountains.  One of the finest rooms North of 60. 

Whitehorse is the ideal place to stop when enroute to adventures in Skagway, or to experience amazing events such as the Sunstroke Music Festival, Frostbite Music Festival or even the Yukon Quest dogsled race to Fairbanks.  With so much history and great activities, Whitehorse is a great destination – summer or winter.  Reservations are required, and your stay should occur before May 1st 2014 and can be used on your travels this summer.  Visit TravelYukon.com or VisitWhitehorse.com for more information on planning your Yukon Adventure!

Thank you, SKKY Hotel for your generous donation.  UP FOR BID THURSDAY NIGHT!

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Silver Salmon Creek Bear Viewing Tour for Two People
Donated by Regal Air
Valued at $1,470

 Alaska Bear Viewing at Silver Salmon Creek is the ultimate bear viewing experience. Silver Salmon
Creek is located on the western shores of the Cook Inlet, in the pristine Lake Clark National Park and preserve.  This ocean front setting is the ultimate bear habitat.  As you can tell by the name of the area, the creek running through the middle of the prairie land is loaded with Silver Salmon, attracting a resident Brown Bear population to the area all summer long.  The tall grass and a backdrop of the Iliamna Volcano make for the best pictures.

The one-hour flight to Silver Salmon Creek will take you by three active volcanoes, numerous salmon streams, glaciers, and other Alaskan sights.  Your naturalist bear guide will meet the plane on the beach and bring you up to the lodge for a bear orientation via 4-wheeler.  After your safety lesson, your guide will take you through the park, adding to your safety and answering any questions you may have about the bears.  You will watch as the bears frolic in the grass with their cubs, dig for clams, and take afternoon naps.  Silver Salmon Creek is becoming well known as the best bear viewing in Alaska. 

After Bear Viewing, you will head back to the lodge for a hardy homemade lunch and refreshments. Relax in the comfort of one of the nicest lodges in Alaska for a while before heading back out for the afternoon session with the bears.

Thank you, Regal Air for this fantastic donation for supporting Alaska Public Media.  Reservations are required, and travel must occur between July 1 and August 15th this summer.   UP FOR BID FRIDAY NIGHT!


Helicopter Glacier Dogsled Tour for Three
Donated by Knik River Lodge
Overall value of $1,455

This package includes a 30 minute helicopter flightseeing tour and glacier landing, a one-hour dog sledding tour, complimentary hot drinks, use of warm glacier gear and Neos overboots.  Your flight departs from Knik River Lodge, which is just one hour away from Anchorage by car. 

On this trip, you will land on a glacier at 4500-foot elevation, right in the middle of some of the most amazing mountain scenery in Alaska. You’ll spend a whole hour with our team of real Iditarod sled dogs and their veteran musher. Meet the new puppies, listen to stories from the trail, get an introduction about running sled dogs and watch the excitement of harnessing a dog team. Enjoy your sled dog ride with plenty of opportunities to take pictures and come back inspired by the dogs incredible achievements and the unique relationship with their musher.

On the flight back to the lodge you will fly low over the glacier to see the vertical walls of ice that makes this area a favorite with glaciologists around the world.

Thank you, Knik River Lodge for your support of public broadcasting.   Reservations are required.  Package should be redeemed between May 20th and September 1, 2013.  UP FOR BID THURSDAY NIGHT!


Wrangell-Saint Elias Adventure Package
Value of $1800

Built in 1987, the Kennicott Glacier Lodge is a replica of one of the historic mining buildings from the copper mining boom town days. The Lodge is located near the center of the 40 remaining structures in the ghost town of Kennicott, a company town built circa 1910. It is located in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest National Park in America. At 13.2 million acres, it is twice the size of Denali National Park and larger than the country of Switzerland.  It is also home to 9 of North America’s 16 tallest peaks, over 150 glaciers, 4 major mountain ranges, and the largest glaciers outside the polar ice caps.

Your trip to Kennicott starts Wrangell Mountain Air with a Round-Trip flight from Chitina to McCarthy for two people.  Then to the Kennicott Glacier Lodge with a room in the main lodge for two people for two nights – with meals. You then will have a Half-Day Glacier Hike and Kennicott History tour for two people with St. Elias Alpine Guides.  Finally, your trip concludes with a Boreal Canopy zip-line adventure for two people with Alaska Boreal Canopy Adventures. 


Thank you, Kennicott Glacier Lodge for putting this together, as well as Wrangell Mountain Air, St. Elias Alpine Guides and Alaska Boreal Canopy Adventures.  Reservations are required, and this package should be redeemed between June 15th and September 15th of this year. UP FOR BID SATURDAY NIGHT!



Unexplored Denali
Fly In Hiking for Two
Donated by K2 Aviation and Alaska Alpine Adventures
Value of $1060

Do you want a unique experience in Denali National Park?  Board a floatplane for this four-hour, eco-tour that combines floatplane ride that has been called the “greatest flight on the planet” with a Denali wilderness hike in North America’s most majestic national park. 

This guided and outfitted small-group wilderness experience assures complete solitude, views of towering granite peaks, lush green foothills, rivers of ice – and all in the shadow of Mt. McKinley – North America’s highest summit at 20,320 feet.

Your flight will take you from Talkeetna to Moraine Lake, located between Backside Glacier and the Ruth Glacier within the vast roadless area of Denali National Park that is only accessible by float-plane.

After circling through the Great Gorge of the Ruth Glacier your Alaska float-plane will touch down on Moraine Lake. After a thorough safety briefing and Denali orientation from your guides, you’ll grab trekking poles, a light daypack, an energy snack, and a complimentary water bottle and t-shirt and begin your journey up into tundra country.

A lush green hillside will beckon you to explore higher vistas for incredible views of the ice-aged landscape and Alaska’s biggest mountains. Throughout the hike, you will learn the secrets of this land; your guide will talk about the geology, biology and history of the area and teach you skills needed for off-trail hiking in Alaska.  Reservations are required. 

Thank you, K2 Aviation and Alaska Alpine Adventures, for your generation donation and support of Alaska Public Media.  UP FOR BID FRIDAY NIGHT!


Trip for 16 in the Denali Car on the Alaska Railroad
Donated by the Alaska Railroad Corporation
Value of $10,000 

Need the ideal place to have a party or the perfect day getaway for friends and family?  Travel in style on the Alaska Railroad in the classic, private Denali Car this coming summer.  Built in 1929 by the Pullman Company in Chicago and refurbished in 2006, this is the perfect first-class luxury experience on the train.  The Denali Railcar is dressed in radiant crystal, burgundy and bronze, embellished with imported mahogany and decorated with marble inlays and Impressionist art-classic influences. 

The Denali railcar Seward excursion will provide you and your guests a relaxed and ultra-comfortable rail trip with one of the most spectacular and scenic corridors on the railbelt.  All will enjoy panoramic views along Turnagain Arm, amazing mountain vistas and stunning azure-colored Bartlett and Spencer Glaciers – only accessible by train. 

You and your 15 friends will travel to Seward and have the day to sightsee, hike or enjoy Seward, and then will return home to Anchorage in the evening.  The best way to see Alaska is on the Railroad!

Trip available between May 12, 2013 through September 15, 2012, with a minimum of 21 days notice and arrangement for booking.  This trip does not include catering or parking at the Railroad Depot in Anchorage.   

Thank you, Alaska Railroad Corporation for supporting Alaska Public Media. UP FOR BID SATURDAY NIGHT!


Room ViewTwo-Night Hotel Stays at the Alex Hotel & Suites
Donated by the Alex Hotel & Suites
Each Two Night Stay has a value of $300, for an Overall Value of $3,000. 

 Alex Hotel & Suites (formerly Quality Inn & Suites) welcomes you to our newly renovated hotel property featuring 122 oversized guest rooms, an excellent airport location with easy access to restaurants, activities and shopping.  Lake Hood & Spenard are located directly across the street.

 The Alex Hotel & Suites is located just five minutes from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.  Amenities include: 24-hour airport shuttle, Deluxe continental breakfast in our new breakfast room,      High-speed internet and Park & Fly. 

Thank you, Alex Hotel & Suites!



Canyoneering and Jetboat Kayaking For Four
Donated by Alaska Backcountry Access
Valued at $1325

Journey to Alaska’s gold rush for canyoneering, rappelling and prospecting at Crow Creek Gold Mine in Glacier Valley. Adventure into the remote dry creek canyon sculpted by hydro-mining utilizing harnesses, ropes, gloves, helmets and ladders to reach destinations including a thundering waterfall, caves and mossy canyons.

Crow Creek Road winds through the Chugach Mountains spruce and hemlock rainforests along the Iditarod National Historic Trail. You will look for black bears foraging in the underbrush on the way as you are transported to Crow Creek Gold Mine which has been continuously operating and producing gold for over 100 years.

 The Twentymile, Glacier and Carmen Rivers flow from glacial snowfields high above Prince William Sound through stunning lakes to Turnagain Arm. The maneuverable jet boats, challenging river sections, skilled guides and National Forest permits provide access to this wilderness area. Jet boat to the wilds of Alaska for remote lake kayaking, opportunities to look for wildlife and wilderness adventure.

 Turnagain Arm offers scenic views on the 12 mile drive to the Twentymile River launch site; from there it is a short walk and a step onto the six-passenger jet boat. These powerful and maneuverable jet boats have canopy tops for rainy days and Coast Guard Licensed Captains behind the wheel.  

ABA kayak couple

Navigate the scenic corridor of Twentymile, Glacier and Carmen Rivers. Along the way, you will stop to view beaver logs and look for eagles.  The river narrows, climbs and offers twists and turns on the way to Carmen Lake our ultimate remote destination. Step onto the shore to take in your surroundings. After a snack of energy bars and water begin kayaking in this protected area on stable and comfortable single passenger sit-on-top style Ocean Kayaks.

Thank you, Alaska Backcountry Access, for your ongoing support of Alaska Public Media!   



Holgate glacier viewing 2Major Marine Tours

 7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park with meal valued at $376 – UP FOR BID SATURDAY!

 Kenai Fjords National Park Catamaran cruise – Aialik & Holgate Glaciers

This 130-mile full-day cruise explores the Kenai Fjords National Park as well as the Chiswell Islands which is part of the National Wildlife Refuge.  Providing a full narration to your journey, a uniformed National Park Ranger will guide you to the many spectacular sights while fielding any questions you may have.  Travelling throughout the National Park, you will be able to spot the abundant wildlife and the massive tidewater glaciers.  Providing you with a chance to witness glaciers from a close distance, you will visit the mighty Holgate and Aialik Glaciers where guests often witness calving- a process by which glacier sheds giant blocks and slabs of ancient ice.  With photo opportunities galore, your cruise will be unforgettable.


6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park with meal valued at $336 – UP FOR BID SATURDAY!

This 100-mile full-day cruise explores the Kenai Fjords National Park as well as the Chiswell Islands which is part of the National Wildlife Refuge.  Providing a full narration to your journey, a uniformed National Park Ranger will guide you to the many spectacular sights while fielding any questions you may have.  Travelling throughout the National Park, you will be able to spot the abundant wildlife and the massive tidewater glaciers.  Providing you with a chance to witness glaciers from a close distance, you will visit the mighty Holgate Glacier where guests often witness calving- a process by which glacier sheds giant blocks and slabs of ancient ice.  With photo opportunities galore, your cruise will be unforgettable.

5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise with meal valued at $196 – UP FOR BID FRIDAY!

Kenai Fjords Resurrection Bay cruise

Our half-day wildlife cruise ventures 55 miles roundtrip into the world of wildlife found in and around the pristine waters of Resurrection Bay.  To allow for up close encounters with wildlife we will guide our ship along side massive bird rookeries and sea lion colonies stopping along the route to view passing whales and otters.  During the cruise we’ll pass towering alpine glaciers including the enormous Bear Glacier, while providing spectacular photo opportunities galore from the many outdoor viewing decks.

calving whale4.5 Hour Prince William Sound Blackstone Cruise with meal valued at $276 – UP FOR BID FRIDAY!

Prince William Sound Blackstone Glacier cruise

Climb aboard the Kenai Star for a memorable cruise to the most spectacular glaciers in Prince William Sound.  In addition to witnessing glacier events like calving and icefalls, you’ll also see breathtaking scenery, towering waterfalls and wildlife such as: eagles, harbor seals, otters, and bird rookeries – all in the relaxing comfort of our Coast Guard-certified ship. 

Your glacier cruise departs daily from Whittier and ventures into the calm, protected waters of Prince William Sound, where seasickness does not occur.  As the ship enters Blackstone Bay, you’ll see the massive Blackstone and Beloit Glaciers looming in the distance.  As we move in closer, the glaciers grow larger, towering 1,700 feet over our 85-foot vessel.  Rather than sailing from glacier to glacier, we stop at each one, floating among the icebergs, giving you plenty of time to take in Mother Nature’s glorious ice sculptures.  Listen for them to groan as they crack and calve off enormous sections of ice.

5.25 Hour Prince William Sound Surprise Glacier Cruise with meal valued at $336 – UP FOR BID THURSDAY NIGHT!

Prince William Sound Surprise Glacier cruise

This 5 hour catamaran cruise features many highlights including tidewater glaciers, marine wildlife, and a working salmon hatchery.  Depart Whittier and immediately witness the changes in scenery of Prince William Sound. Your Captain will guide you through a working salmon hatchery where you will learn about the life cycle of salmon and how they are harvested. Keep an eye out for whales, sea otters, and Sea Lions as you cross through to the entrance of Esther Passage.  Cruise through this spectacular marine waterway surrounded by mountains as you watch for bears along the beach areas. Enter the famous Harriman Fjord where you will see several different glaciers. The highlight of your cruise is an up-close view of Surprise Glacier. This massive glacier features towering and jagged blue ice sculptures. Listen for the sounds of the cracks and groans before chucks calve into the water. View the floating icebergs and spot harbor seals sunning themselves on this floating ice.   Your return trip will take you back through Port Wells featuring waterfalls, bird rookeries and other marine wildlife. 


Maybe you have been thinking of some trips out of state?  This winter did feel like it was going to go on forever. 

 Entrance Sign Vineyards Napa California

Cult Winemakers VIP Experience
Suggested Retail Value:  Priceless – UP FOR BID THURSDAY NIGHT!

Enjoy a unique opportunity to visit a trio of wineries and sample wines made by the finest winemakers in Napa Valley: Heidi Barrett, Philippe Melka, and Celia Welch. Between the three of them, they have earned eight perfect 100-point scores from the major wine critics.

You and your guest will receive a personal private tour at each of these wineries and taste highly allocated wines, several of which are not available to the general public. 

As a token of the good things to come, all three of these cult winemakers have signed a barrel head for you that will be shipped to your home. This handsome piece of winemaking history will look spectacular hanging in your home cellar!

This Unique Experience Includes:

  • Private VIP tour and tasting at Fantesca Estate & Winery (Winemaker Heidi Barrett)
  • Private VIP tour and tasting at Vineyard 29 (Winemaker Philippe Melka)
  • Private VIP tour and tasting at Corra Wines (Winemaker & Owner Celia Welch)
  • 1 souvenir barrel head signed by all 3 cult winemakers
  • 8-hour chauffeured luxury sedan service with Pure Luxury Wine Tours
  • 3-night stay in a classic king room at the Andaz Napa Hotel in downtown Napa
  • Round-trip coach class airfare for 2 from within the 48 contiguous U.S. and Canada to San Francisco, CA
  • Complimentary booking
  • And a $1,000 Airfare Gift Card to US Travel to help you get from here to Seattle



Rod & Reel Fishing Getaway
With 3-Night Stay and Airfare for 2. 
Suggested Retail Value:  $7,110


 This rod and reel fishing trip is a treat for any outdoors person – especially for that Alaskan fisherman or woman who wants to see how fishing elsewhere compares.   Whether your preference is fly-fishing in the Colorado Rockies or Bass fishing with bait and lures in the Florida Everglades, this full-day fresh-water fishing experience for two is available on most lakes, rivers and streams nationwide and includes your own guide, boat, and bait. Your fishing experience awaits you, just select your destination and enjoy!

Destinations for Fly Fishing include:

  • Cleveland, Rocky River                                 
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado River             
  • Milwaukee, Milwaukee River                    
  • Virginia, North Shenandoah River            

Destinations for Freshwater Bass Fishing include: 

  • Greensboro (North Carolina) Hagan-Stone Park               
  • Buffalo, Niagara River                                   
  • Florida’s Lake Okeechobee                        
  • Seattle, Puget Sound                                    

 This Experience Includes:

  • Full-day fresh-water fishing experience for 2
  • 3-night stay in a standard guest room at participating Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
  • Round-trip coach class airfare for 2 within the contiguous U.S. and Canada
  • Complimentary booking
  • And a $1,000 Airfare Gift Card to US Travel to help you get from here to Seattle


Celebrity Cruises: Veranda Stateroom 7-Night Alaska or Bermuda Cruise,
or 4-Night to 7-Night Caribbean Cruise for 2 
Suggested Retail Value:  $8,956

This Experience Includes:Celebrity_Solstice_web

  • Veranda stateroom for 2 on a 7-Night Alaska or Bermuda Cruise or 4-night to 7-night Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Cruises
  • Priority Tender/Disembarkation
  • Onboard Ship Tour
  • A $1,000 Airfare Gift Card to US Travel to help you get from here the embarkation port for the trip of your choosing. 

Celebrity Cruises’ Iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the restaurant is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience.

Thank you for joining us for these highlights of the Big Alaska Travel Auction and its Grand Alaska Collection.  Be sure to tune in on May 2, 3 and 4th starting at 7 p.m. on KAKM, KTOO and KYUK –TV to bid on these amazing packages and so much more. 

Thank you for supporting public broadcasting.