Sunshine is bad for making powder, but great for exploring Alaska. After hearing reports from a friend, we grabbed our bikes and headed up to Hunter Creek in The Butte. The big gear question for the trip was should we take fat tires or studs? The first part of the ride was soft snowmachine trails—perfect for fat tires. But then we covered three miles of smooth river and lake ice where studs are best. Anthony took his fat tire Pugsly and only slammed the ice a few times. The rest of us took regular mountain bikes with studded tires.