AKST to MST Converter

Use our converter below to change times between Alaska Standard Time (AKST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST). If you mixed up your time zones and would like to convert MST to AKST instead, you can find that converter here: Mountain Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time Converter. And if you don't like either of our tools, then go back to see all of our time zone converters.

Alaska Standard Time

Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is the time zone used in Alaska, including cities like Anchorage and Fairbanks. It is 9 hours behind UTC during standard time and 8 hours behind during daylight saving time.

Cities:

  • Anchorage
  • Fairbanks
  • Juneau
  • Nome

Mountain Standard Time

Mountain Standard Time (MST) is observed in the mountainous regions of the United States, including cities like Denver and Salt Lake City. It is 7 hours behind UTC during standard time and 6 hours behind during daylight saving time.

Cities:

  • Denver
  • Salt Lake City
  • Albuquerque
  • Phoenix

How to convert time from Alaska Standard Time (AKST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST)

Converting between Alaska Standard Time (AKST) and Mountain Standard Time (MST) could be challenging. As companies become more global, we find ourselves in a mess of calendar invites. Time changes from AKST cities like Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Nome are 2 hour(s) apart to MST cities like Denver, Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, Phoenix, holiday schedules, and the basic communication becomes a juggling act. To make it easier to understand, we'll break down the process of converting time between AKST and MST into step-by-step instructions.

Step 1: Understanding Alaska Standard Time and Mountain Standard Time

Alaska Standard Time is UTC-9, which means that the local time in the Alaska Standard Time zone is -9 hours apart from UTC. Mountain Standard Time is UTC-7, which means that the local time in the Mountain Standard Time zone is -7 hours apart from UTC.

Step 2: Calculate the Time Difference

To convert time from Alaska Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, we first need to find the time difference between both time zones. Since Alaska Standard Time is UTC-9 and Mountain Standard Time is UTC-7, the time difference is: 2 hour(s)

  • 2 hours = Alaska Standard Time's difference from UTC -7 + (Mountain Standard Time's difference from UTC -9
  • Mountain Standard Time has 2 hour(s) difference Alaska Standard Time.

Understanding Alaska Standard Time and Mountain Standard Time

Alaska Standard Time is UTC-9, which means that the local time in the Alaska Standard Time zone is -9 hours apart from UTC. Mountain Standard Time is UTC-7, which means that the local time in the Mountain Standard Time zone is -7 hours apart from UTC.

Step 4: Practice Converting Times

Now that you know the process, try converting different times from Alaska Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time for practice before going to the answer page. Remember to always add the Mountain Standard Time time difference to the Alaska Standard Time time.

Scheduling a meeting between Alaska Standard Time and Mountain Standard Time

When scheduling a meeting between employees in the Alaska Standard Time and Mountain Standard Time zones, there are several factors to consider to ensure that the meeting is convenient and productive for all participants. Here's a detailed breakdown of what you should consider before scheduling across time zones:

  • Convert Time Difference: As we've discussed earlier, Mountain Standard Time is 2 ahead of Alaska Standard Time. It's crucial to take this time difference into account when scheduling a meeting to avoid scheduling conflicts or creating meetings at odd or inappropriate hours. In my experience, accidentally scheduling a meeting a 4am is awkward.
  • Overlapping Working Hours: To find a suitable time for the meeting, you’ll need to identify the overlapping working hours between the two time zones. For example, if employees in both zones work from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM local time, the overlapping hours could be between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Alaska Standard Time but 2 hours different to Mountain Standard Time. Be upfront with Mountain Standard Time employees to find the right time.
  • Consideration of Local Holidays: Be mindful of local Alaska Standard Time and Mountain Standard Time holidays, festivals, or observances in both time zones. These events might affect employee availability or working hours. Check local calendars for both the Alaska Standard Time and Mountain Standard Time zones to avoid scheduling conflicts.
  • Communicate Time Zone Differences: Clearly communicate the meeting time in both Alaska Standard Time and Mountain Standard Time to avoid confusion. Using a tool like an online meeting planner or time zone converter can help simplify the process and ensure accuracy.

Converting time zones across other countries

The process of converting time between two time zones is similar regardless of the countries involved. You'll need to determine the time difference between the two zones and add it to the time in the first zone. Keep in mind that some countries may observe daylight saving time or have different time zones within the country. It's important to double-check the time difference before scheduling any meetings or events.