Winters are colder than in San Diego.
On a more serious (and gun-related) note: FAR fewer restrictions on firearms. Carry permits are optional. Not needed in-state, but they will issue a permit if you want one for purposes of reciprocity, or being able to obtain a non-resident permit from a state that requires you to have a home state permit.
Suggest you log onto www.handgunlaw.us
, click on Alaska, and start reading their links.