What do you get when you combine a week long party in the snow, ski races and snowmobiles, crazy slednecks, lots of adrenaline, an insanely good time, and pretty much the antithesis of Burning Man? Arctic Man, that’s what. The remote area of the Hoodoo Mountains in Alaska literally turns into a city during the week-long event, filled with as many as 13,0000 people. The highlight of the entire event is the race, recognized as one of the World’s Toughest Downhill Ski Races. It starts at a ridiculous elevation of 5,800 feet high then drops 1,700 feet in under 2 miles, where skiers are then joined by their snowmobiling partner. Go fast or you go home is the motto here, and the excitement that surrounds the races are so palpable you better be sure you’re holding a drink. The participants aren’t just in it for the fun; there’s some cool cash (to the tune of thousands of dollars) that await the winners; which makes it attract pro athletes and even Olympians.
Arctic Man promises a whole lot of fun, fueled by the good things in life like spring snow, nonstop laughs, lots of booze, and parties ALL night long.
Once you’ve been here, we guarantee you’ll come back year after year. Or at least wish you could. You don’t even have to join the races to experience the fun of Arctic Man. Everyone is welcome: there’ll be grilled sausages, campfires, cool people, outdoor pool tables, and hot parties. It’s been going on for well over 30 years now, and this Alaskan tradition stays true to the American spirit. You’ll be meeting some interesting characters along the way, but just keep an open mind because it’s all about a grand time for everyone.
Arctic Man takes place by Summit Lake, located at the Hoodoo Mountains of Alaska.
Your best bet to transportation in the snow is to bring, or at least rent, a 4×4 vehicle or other type of snowmobile. After the festival, it’ll be handy to have your own car, but you can also use the local bus system known as the MACS Transit.
Many festival goers bring their own or rent mobile homes or RVs for Arctic Man. You can also opt to stay in one of the many lodges and cabins nearby, there are lots to choose from to cater to every budget. Just be sure to book ahead of time because this remote area of Alaska tends to swell up around the time of Arctic Man.
Since you’re here, you might as well try to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Local tour companies offer northern light packages, since the viewings are possible until around April 20th. Spring snow temperatures are still freezing, but warm up at the Chena Hot Springs, a historic place where you can also see some really cool ice sculptures and even try your hand at dog sledding. If you’re still hungry for more adventure, why not explore the interior and arctic zones of Alaska? Tours are available during the snow seasons with local travel companies.
Head to Fairbanks to experience nightlife, the Alaskan way. It can be as laid back as you want, or it can also be an adventurous night out. From swanky lounges to chilled-out pubs, local watering holes offer plenty of booze to keep you warm.
Arctic Man happens from April 9 through 14, 2019.
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