This is a prime aurora viewing location as opposed to a real hotel. Aurora viewing is impacted severely by a number of things that management could fix if they were paying attention and actually wanted to do so:
1.people use headlamps and white flashlights which interfere with serious photographers.
2.none of the foreign guests appear to understand proper protocol for photography and were not briefed prior to their stay.
3. guests use flash attachments to take photos when good aurora viewing is happening. This is very distracting and irritating.
4. Some foreign guests actually stumble into tripods when photography is underway in the dark.
5. Other guests pay not attention and wander into the field of view of people taking photos.
6. Drivers use bright lights to go up the road which impact photography. Other drivers leave their lights on when by the main building and some leave flashers on which reflect off adjacent trees and buildings impacting photography.
7. Guests should use red flashlights and point them down instead of at people.
Such problems could be fixed easily by providing a list of proper protocol to their guests in Japanese, Korean, English, etc. Do it and those of us who really care would be appreciative.
The aurora view area is not smooth and I and several others tripped and fell on hard to see snow mounds. Management should do something to prevent potential serious injury.
I took two groups here at different times and all these problems were apparent.
- Also Known As:
- Chandalar Ranch Fairbanks, Alaska