Armed with shiny new skis and with more robust packs on the way, infantry Marines may soon be making routine trips to Alaska to train in harsh cold weather conditions, a possibility that signals a major departure from the desert training environments of recent years.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller confirmed to in a December interview that the service was exploring ways to add an Alaska location to the currently limited array of options for cold weather training.

“There’s a lot of good training areas in Alaska,” he said. “There’s actually some facilities and capabilities in Alaska we’ve been up to look at.”..”

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