346-Arctic Man – Alaska

Arctic Man is a winter event for snow machine enthusiasts held in the interior of Alaska. It is about six hours from Anchorage in the HooDoo Mountains and is similar to the Burning Man festival held in the Nevada desert. Snow machiners from all over the country congregate, compete, drink, and generally go crazy for a week. It usually gets so wild that the Alaska State Troopers set up a sub-station at the event with mini-jail.

I had only been on a snow machine once before and was given my first lesson which was quite simple. “You have two choices, gravity or horsepower. You make the choice.” Yes I did dump the machine on my first hill, and yes going over 800 – 1000 foot cliffs scared the shit out of me, but I survived to show machine again. Here are a few photos from the top of the world.

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CIMG4006Sunset in the Alaska Range.

CIMG3986Yes I’m freezing, and yes the snow is 20 feet deep here, and yes just after this photo was taken I fell up to my waist in a snow hole and needed help to climb out.

 

CIMG3982Snow machiners lined up waiting for the 90mph skier race.

CIMG3945They race down this valley at 100 mph – did I say skiers pulled my snow machines?

CIMG3940Waiting for the races to begin.

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CIMG3885Out on the Alaska Range.

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