Valdez, Alaska – October 10, 2016 – Tailgate Alaska will return to Thompson Pass next season for its tenth straight year from March 17 – 26, 2017, making it the longest running winter sports event in Alaska’s history. For this momentous year, Tailgate Alaska is pulling out all the stops to bring together dedicated recreational riders, professional athletes and the industry to ride the world’s best mountains and deepest snow.
In snowboarding, Tailgate Alaska stands apart – being the sport’s first participation event as well as the only event that makes riding in the world’s most famous terrain not only possible, but safe, affordable and practical for participants from all different backgrounds.
According to event founder Mark Sullivan, “It is rewarding to know that we are sharing a pinnacle experience once reserved for pro riders. It just doesn’t get any better than Alaska, in fact, as far as I can tell, no where else even comes close.”
Participants access the mountains with helicopter services, snowmobiles, snowcats, small airplanes and by foot or skins. Tickets to the event give participants discounts on lodging, local amenities and terrain access. At night, participants take free snow safety classes, listen to keynote speakers, have massive bonfires and have raucous parties.
Certainly when Alaskan freedom and snowboarding creativity combine, something unique is bound to happen. Whether meeting like-minded riders from countries like Costa Rica, Russia and Hong Kong, or massive encampments like The Gypsy Crew, who build a wood cabin and public sauna each year, one thing you can expect from Tailgate Alaska is the unexpected. It’s no wonder Tailgate Alaska has been compared by many participants as the ‘Burning Man of Winter Sports.’
According to past participant and Partnership Director Dustin Huebner, “Any way you cut it, you will have the best runs of your life at Tailgate Alaska. Everyone does.”
Tickets for the event will go on sale Friday, October 14th. This year, we are starting the celebration early, lowering the cost of tickets for the ten day festival to $399.
Start getting ready now. The tenth anniversary will only happen once.
Tailgate Alaska was formed in 2008 by Mark Sullivan (founder of SNOWBOARD magazine, and former editor of Snowboarder Magazine.) Held annually on Thompson Pass (Valdez, AK) at the bush pilot airstrip. Tailgate Alaska is considered the premier backcountry festival and hosts participants from around the world. Tailgate Alaska also hosts the Tailgate Alaska Tour, visiting festivals, shopTand universities, as well as serving as the voice of european backcountry snowboarding at Tailgate Munich powered by ISPO.