White Pass Yukon Route, © Pixabay / GillKeith
Skagway weather is affected by Pacific Ocean in the isolated Chilkoot Inlet. This region is protected from colder Arctic air in winter. June – August is the height of summer Skagway Weather. Expect average summer highs of 65 F (18 C) and average lows of 48 F (9 C). April – June is the driest time of year. Rainfall is highest in October, but is less than more exposed villages on the Gulf of Alaska. January is the coldest month, with average highs of 27 F (-3 C) and average lows of 17 F (-8 C). January is also the snowiest month, with an average of over 1 foot (35 cm).
Red Onion Saloon, Skagway
Early May is a great time to visit Skagway and still avoid the height of the tourist season. It’s hard to predict sunny weather at any time of year in Skagway though.
Klondike Style Shopping
Get to Skagway
Most tourists get to Skagway by cruise ship, but Skagway is one of the few towns on the Alaska Panhandle that you can reach by vehicle. The Klondike Highway connects Skagway with Whitehorse in the Yukon. From there, highways head west to the main section of Alaska or south to the lower 48 states.
White Pass Summit, Bennet Lake near Skagway
You can also get to Skagway on the Alaska Marine Highway System (ferry system). During the height of summer, up to 6 cruise ships per day can dock in Skagway, so visitors far outnumber locals during tourist season.