Tailgate Alaska - World Freeride Festival

USA

The ultimate freeride party, the most epic mountains. What more could you ask for? Join the world’s largest backcountry gathering.

Rates & Packages

Rates 2018

Contact LUEX for details.

What is included / What not

Vip Ticket Includes

  • All benefits of All-Access pass, listed below
  • Pick up motorhome with slide out.
  • Grab some snacks in Anchorage
  • Drive to Thompson Pass (Approximately 5 hours)
  • Special VIP Parking Camp (close to wifi)
  • Dinner prepared by Pam Grillo Robinson
  • Special Concierge Service for making riding arrangements
  • Special limited-edition swag
  • Porta John shared with 2 other RVs
  • Free Event T-shirt • Swag from sponsors
  • Discounts on heli, snowmobile and snow cat access
  • Discounts in select stores and restaurants in Valdez
  • Daily snow stability reports
  • Access to all Tailgate Alaska special events (on/off site)
  • Free daily Snow Science classes
  • Free Snowmobile Education clinics
  • Daily Beacon Search contest
  • Daily 'Man Games' skill contests
  • User guide with all vital contact information
  • Direct access to some of the best backcountry terrain on the planet

Access to Tailgate Alaska Facilities

  • Daily snow safety education
  • Trash service
  • Access to Porta-Johns
  • Beer Garden
  • Daily Events
  • WiFi
  • RV Parking
  • Tailgate Alaska Services
  • On site rescue team
  • Daily Snow Science classes
  • Evening presentations and panel discussions
  • Snowmobile Education clinics
  • Daily snow stability reports
  • Access to all Tailgate Alaska special events (on/off site)
  • Daily Beacon Search event
  • Daily 'Man Games' skill contests
  • Direct access to some of the best backcountry terrain on the planet
  • Making lifelong friends and becoming a part of the big-mountain family
  • Tailgate Alaska Swag
  • Exclusive Tailgate Alaska 10 Goggles
  • Grassroots California Hat
  • Event T-Shirt
  • Posters

VIP X 2

  • 2 X $100 Vouchers with Black Ops Valdez
  • 2 X $200 Exclusive Tailgate Alaska gear
  • All benefits of All-Access pass, listed below
  • Transportation in Anchorage to Great Alaskan Holidays
  • Pick up 2012 or newer Winnebago Chalet Class C Motorhome with slide out.
  • Grab some snacks in Anchorage
  • Drive to Thompson Pass (Approximately 5 hours)
  • Special VIP Parking Camp (close to wifi)
  • Hot breakfast and prepared lunch
  • Dinner prepared by Pam Grillo Robinson
  • Special Concierge Service for making riding arrangements
  • Special limited-edition swag
  • Porta John shared with 2 other RVs
  • Free Event T-shirt
  • Swag from sponsors
  • Discounts on heli, snowmobile and snow cat access
  • Discounts in select stores and restaurants in Valdez
  • Daily snow stability reports
  • Access to all Tailgate Alaska special events (on/off site)
  • Free daily Snow Science classes
  • Free Snowmobile Education clinics
  • Daily Beacon Search contest
  • Daily 'Man Games' skill contests
  • User guide with all vital contact information
  • Direct access to some of the best backcountry terrain on the planet
  • All VIP ticket extras

Extended Description

All Access Pass

Tailgate Alaska 2017 will take place March 17 - 26, 2017. (Each Participant needs their own ticket) Your ticket to Tailgate Alaska pays for: - RV Parking - On Call Rescue Teams - Snow Safety Classes - Entertainment - Facilities (Porta-Johns, Garbage, Wifi, etc.) In addition, every ticket holder will get special discounts from sponsors and vendors for the event. Each participant will also receive swag only available to event participants.  

About

Tailgate Alaska is a 10-day-long festival, held each year (current dates: March 28 - April 6, 2014) in a purpose-built parking lot in the heart of Alaska's famous Chugach Mountain Range.

The goal of Tailgate Alaska is to make riding the best mountains and conditions on earth practical, affordable and safe for people who dream of riding the biggest and the best.

Going into its seventh year, Tailgate Alaska has become the conduit to introduce thousands of riders to Alaska. The festival runs 10 days to compensate for variable weather and to ensure there's enough time for good riding. Being in the heart of Thompson Pass, it offers zero-approach access to amazing peaks.

Tailgate Alaska is the opportunity to live out your skiing and snowboarding dreams.

Alaska is all it is cracked up to be — and more. Tailgate Alaska offers a gathering of like-minded individuals, discounts on accommodations and more, free classes and entertainment, and multiple rescue teams on hand, if needed. Simply Tailgate Alaska offers a safer more affordable way to make the trip, while offering you local knowledge and the opportunity to learn from those around you.

 

Arrival

The event location is between mile markers 29 and 30 on the Richardson Highway (if heading from Anchorage to Glen Allen to Valdez). Driving from Anchorage will take about 5 hours — the drive from Valdez to base camp is 40 minutes. Feel free to roll in anytime. First check in with our security guy, then check in at the main office for your first of several briefings.

 

Tour

We will have regular tours of the event facilities to show you what is available at Tailgate Alaska and, hopefully, give you an idea for creative ways to fill your downtime at the event. Settle in

Get your RV parked, check out the mountains, boot ‘em up and get on it.

 

Set Up your Camp

You have many options when it comes to staying at Flow Tailgate Alaska. About half of the participants stay on the pass in tents and RVs and the other half stays in the town town of Valdez, taking advantage of deeply discounted hotel rooms that come with your Tailgate Pass.

 

Get an Education

Learning how to access big-mountain terrain safely is at the core of Flow Tailgate Alaska. We offer free, daily snow science classes, taught by the Alaska Avalanche Information Center. In addition, you can take a basic class on riding snowmobiles or learn how to work on them. At Flow Tailgate Alaska, safety is our #1 priority.

 

Line up a way up the hill

Tailgaters have many options when it comes to accessing terrain. Skinning access is direct from camp in any direction, with approaches minimized by the abrupt peaks. Snowmobile access is virtually unlimited at Tailgate. With more than 100 snowmobiles showing up in 2012, it's the first choice of those in the know. There are also five helicopter operators in the area, giving multiple selections for those looking for the ultimate wintersports experience and perhaps a top-ranking life experience, too.

If you have already booked time with a heli, cat or other operator, you are one step ahead of the game (just make sure you get the TGAK discount). Simply let them know you are in town. If you haven't made arrangements, set a plan to get up hill ASAP. There are few worse feelings than sitting out a blue day.

 

Daily schedule

Your daily plan will depend largely on the weather. If it is socked in, there is plenty to do around base camp — take a snow-science/sled-riding/sled maintenance class, tune your board, challenge a pal at table tennis or darts, try skeet shooting, do the beacon search contest, or wait for the beer garden to open. If it goes blue, be ready. People will be heading out in all directions — on skins, sleds, and in helis. Be ready, have a plan and a crew, and you will not be disappointed.

 VIP X 2

This year we are proud to introduce the VIP X Two package - where you split one motorhome with someone else. This includes: 2 X VIP Passes to the event One Great Alaska Holidays motorhome 2 X Meal Packages It comes with all sorts of perks such as special swag, your very own Great Alaskan Holiday Motorhome, a private campsite with private shared Porta-Johns, food (hot breakfast, prepared lunch and dinner brought to you by our expanded VIP staff headed up by Pam Grillo Robinson.) This year we are taking our VIP's on Thompson Pass - with benefit of Great Alaskan Holiday's new fleet of Winnebago Chalet slide out motorhomes. With all units 2012 or newer, this is a great way to rough it in style. *At least one person must be at least 25 years old to purchase the VIP package.

VIP Ticket

This year we are proud to introduce the VIP package. It comes with all sorts of perks such as special swag, your very own motorhome, a private campsite with private shared Porta-Johns, daily dinner brought to you by our expanded VIP staff headed up by Pam Grillo Robinson. This year we are taking our VIP's on Thompson Pass - with benefit of slide out motorhomes. With all units 2014 or newer, this is a great way to rough it in style. *You must be at least 25 years old to purchase the VIP package. Space for this package is initially limited to 12.  

 

How to get there?

Alaska by Water

This is probably the most relaxing way to get to Alaska. Expect a 3 day trip from the Lower 48 (Bellingham is the departure city). The good news is that they take cars (and snowmobile trailers) on the ferry.

A popular way to get to Alaska with sleds is to drive. It is a long, long, long way if you are driving from the lower 48. Just make sure and check out the sign forest and Laird Hot Springs.

 

By car

  • From Anchorage the drive is 260 miles and takes about 5 hours.
  • From Fairbanks the drive is 350 miles or 6.5 hours.
  • From Seattle the drive is 2300 miles or 38 hours.
  • From Salt Lake the drive is 2900 miles or 48 hours.
PP/Night from US$ 399