Posted January 31st, 2013, 02:44 PM
Skagway is a funny town weather wise. Sometimes the town is fogged in during the morning and the mountian summit areas are clear. The fog usually burns off by noon - and sometimes it just lifts into the mountains - you just never know. The flightseeing helicopters leave from the airport next to the ore and broadway docks - they will not take off without proper visability, knowing all of this I would leave things as they are - do the AM train and PM flight - your chances of getting to do both are far greater.
If you ard doing the heli through your ship, you will need to get back there to catch the shuttle to the airport. If you are doing it on your own, then I would suggest that you reverse your Chilkoot tour and take the train up and bus back - that way if you are running close you can ask the driver to drop you at the airport.
Thanks so much--I appreciate your advice.
I booked this tour because DH absolutely negated the longer excursion (haven't told him about the Tundra Wilderness Tour yet
) and I've read reviews online that this was preferable to what we originally booked through the ship--which was the rail up and back. Also, if we did the longer tour, there would be no chance to do the dog sledding.
We plan to do the Dog Sledding through the ship. I'm hoping the 8:30 am Chilkoot tour (which states it is 3.5 hours long), means that we will be back at the ship at 12:00, so we have time to grab something to eat, then be picked up at the ship for the Dog Sledding at 12:45.
I just hope I haven't booked these things too close together.
One other question: the Chilkoot tour we have presently booked leaves at 8:30 am with the bus first, rail last. There is also a tour that is the rail first, bus last which leaves at 7:30 am. I chose the later tour because I had read most people preferred taking the bus up and the rail back.
Honestly, I don't mind the cramped time issue and we have been known to eat candy bars when pressed for time for lunch! (One of our party has Celiac, so eating quickly gets a little more complicated.) Just hoping DH has so much fun with the dog sledding that he forgets the time pressure issue.