Alaska December 23, 2018
8 Foolproof Ways To Spot An Imposter In Alaska
Alaskans are a hardy breed, and proud of it! We live in some of the coldest temperatures in the United States, and have fun while we do it. Alaskans can be a diverse crowd, but there are some things we all come together and agree on, and one of those is how to spot a cheechako a mile away. Here are eight different ways we can spot an imposter in Alaska- who hasn’t braved one of our winters and become a sourdough just yet!
1. They don't understand terminology like "Cheechako," "Termination dust," "Sourdough," and "lower 48."
Imposters new to Alaska, Cheechakos to us Sourdoughs, wouldn't know the signs of termination dust and what it might mean to someone from the lower 48.
2. They don't know what a block heater is.
Most people fresh to Alaska don't realize how truly cold it can get in the winter, or how it can affect your car and its engine. As the Anchorage municipality says: "Plug at 20!"
3. They overdress for the mildest of cold temperatures.
Alaska is cold, and we usually have the gear for it! But the imposters break out their down jackets in beautiful spring temperatures.
4. Imposters call them snowmobiles.
In Alaska, it's called a snow machine. We don't just use these for fun— they are a way of daily transportation for many Alaskans.
5. They immediately get a chipped or cracked window fixed.
Any real Alaskan knows that its useless to fix that chip or crack right away, because within a day or two there will be a brand new one! Much better to wait it out as long as possible.
6. They don't know the difference between a caribou and a reindeer.
We know that reindeer are domesticated, and our caribou run free in the wild!
7. They think snowy weather is a reason to stay home.
Real Alaskans work, go to school, and play in the snow. With almost six months of winter, you have to love it to keep living here!
8. They call Denali "Mount McKinley."
You can spot an outsider immediately by how they reference the largest mountain in North America.
How do you spot an imposter in Alaska? For more obvious ways to spot an imposter, check out
20 Ways To Spot A Tourist in Alaska!