Yea, the "to stud or not to stud" question for you is odd because on the one hand, you'll want good winter grip in march on your way up. But, on the other, your getting here damn near spring, and they'll ticket you (though rare) for running studs after April 1st. BUT, you will get away with a warning I'm sure, since you'll be new. Where in AK are you moving to? As for tires, I run studded 285s, but got DAMN lucky - only paid $160 for a set of brand new studded m/t's. I could NOT pass up that deal.