Yepper, been there (it's held about 180 miles N. of here). Let me tell you....it's one crazy weekend. A small community of about 1000 motorhomes, 5-6K sleds and about 10K sledheads suddenly appear in the middle of nowhere. The dealers are there with next years models. They have what's called "The states largest beer tent" complete w/ band. Trouble is, there's way too much drinking involved. I won't even get on my sled after dark in fear of getting T-boned by some drunk idiot doing 100mph. There's been a few people killed over the last few years. It's a shame people can't seperate the two. The troopers started really policing the event in numbers last year and it appeared to help (nobody killed last year). But other than that part of it, it's something to see if you ever get the chance. Hanging onto a rope behind a sled doing a 100mph. is INSANE!!!! :nervous:
Hell yeah :devil: This by far the best snowmobile event in Ak. I was there a couple of times and it just keeps getting better and better. Every year they add a few more events and makes for a fun weekend. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a good time and wants to do some serious shredding. :hallo1:
Here's some more info. that you might want to know.
This place is in the middle of nowhere! There is a small gas station and lodge (which is normally booked 2-3 yrs. in advance) about 10 miles away and THAT"S IT!!! So you might want to consider renting a moterhome, unless your one of those hearty souls that can sleep in a tent( temps. can still dip down into the subzeros even in the spring).
Check out the site http://www.arcticman.com/. It has some good info. Hope to see ya there!!
800mxz, I have a couple of suggetions. First, it is no longer a weekend event. There are cross country races (300 Mile) during the week along with other stuff, check there site cause it changes. Usually there is a big air event after the Arctic Man race, a Snow X, may be a Hill Climb or whatever else they can throw into the mix.
You might also want to plan on a 2 week excursion, the "Valdez Mountain Man Hillclimb" is the weekend before Arctic Man. That is my personal favorite and I make it to both each year. Some of the best riding in he state can be had at both events. If you decide to come, let me know, I will show you around at either or both events. Also the attendance is now up to 16,000
Hey Fritch, I ride a shorty and I go where I ever I please.I can't himark with the top dogs but you could go just about anywhere you please.I haven't rode in Valdez yet but I'm planning on it this year.
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