RE: fairbanks mid february
February and March are very unpredictable months. It could be anywhere between -50 and +10 F.
There should be some good aurora, & I think youll like the ice sculptures.
If you can afford it, Chena hot springs is a great place to watch the lights. Its about 70 miles from Fairbanks intl airport, and theres a shuttle for 90$ roundtrip. www.chenahotsprings.com
Otherwise, you can see the aurora from town but it helps to get away from the light pollution at city center at least a few miles. The University is a good place to watch the show.
Sorry I dont know about the Ranch motel, but the Best Western is ok. See Smilergirl 's forum posts - shes planning the same sort of trip in March.
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