FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS TAILGATE ALASKA?
Tailgate Alaska is a community of backcountry enthusiasts who gather for a 10 day event to ride the world's most famous mountains.
WHEN IS TAILGATE ALASKA 2018?
March 30 - April 8, 2018
WHERE IS TAILGATE ALASKA 2018?
Mile 29.5 on the Richardson Highway in the heart of Thompson Pass on a historic airstrip.
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE OF TAILGATE ALASKA?
An international community of riders with different experience levels.
HOW IS TAILGATE ALASKA POSSIBLE?
The dedication of like minded individuals who share the goal of riding Alaska at its best.
WHY TAILGATE ALASKA?
We love riding powder - and here there is more than enough to share.
Check out this example riding journal from a prior event...
My name is Mark Sullivan and I started Tailgate Alaska over 10 years ago with a simple goal, to make riding in Alaska safe, practical, and affordable for riders with the desire but not necessarily the budgets typically used for a heli trip to Alaska.
Working as editor-in-chief of Snowboarder Magazine and as founder of Snowboard Magazine, I realized very quickly that Alaska was on a level all its own as far as conditions and terrain were concerned, yet there was no practical way for the average rider to have the kind of world-class experience that professional athletes have had for the last two decades in the area. Tailgate Alaska was founded to address this issue.
Over its 10-year history, we have hosted a who's who of professional athletes and media professionals from around the world. More importantly we have turned thousands of regular riders on to what we consider the pinnacle experience of winter sports.
We have found that many of the professional athletes who attended our events have moved on, but the recreational participants return year after year to form the core of what we call the Tailgate Alaska Family.
These dedicated participants have become, over many years, some of the most experienced users in the area - in fact many past participants have gone on to guiding in the area, and one even started his own heli operation. Tailgate Alaska has proven itself to be the gateway to getting the most on a trip to the area.
Tailgate Alaska is not for everyone - the amenities you find in places like Whistler or Squaw Valley simply do not exist here. It is a more rugged, DIY, true backcountry riding experience. You are camping out in Alaska, after all. What we do have are the terrain and conditions that are regarded as the best in the world, bar none.
So if you have seen Alaska and countless magazines and videos, we are here to say that you too can ride the biggest mountains and best conditions you have ever seen - or anyone has seen. Our 11th Edition of Tailgate Alaska kicks off March 30th - and gives every rider the chance to take their riding to another level with boundless powder and terrain progression.
Thanks, Mark Sullivan
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE
MEET THE COMMUNITY
Tailgate Alaska past participants include...
Mike Basich, Travis Rice, Scotty Lago, Ralph Backstrom, Rob Kingwill, Seth Wescott, Nate Holland, Shin Biyajima, Anne Flore Marxer, David Pitchi, Andrew Hardingham, Eric Messier, Danny Kass, Dustin Caven, Brandon Cocard, Dave Short, GoPro Bomb Squad, Tobi Strauss, Philip Strauss, Nicholas Wolken, Stephen Maurer, John Jackson, Shawn Farmer, Iris Lazzareschi, Austen Gibney, Brock Butterfield, Charlie Hoch, Brady Farr, Mike Hood, Mikey Marohn, Mike Hood, Casey Lucas, Jason Borgstede, Darian Draper, Pat Parnell, Brad J, The Dingo, DJ DC, Eric Webster, Nick Alexakos, Julia Dujmovits, Max Zipster, Eric Themel, Graham Watanabe, Jason Smith... and thousands of other riders - like you.
Check out Tailgate Alaska in the media:
WHAT DOES MY TICKET GET ME?
- PARKING LOT AKA BASECAMP
- ACCESS TO EVENT STRUCTURES
- TRASH SERVICE
EDUCATION AND SAFETY
- DAILY AVALANCHE CONDITIONS
- ENVIRONMENT OF EXPERTS
DISCOUNTS & SWAG
- PLANE BUMPS
- NIGHTLY BONFIRES
- MAN GAMES
- PARKING LOT JUMPS
WHERE DOES THE MONEY FOR TAILGATE COME FROM?
We rely on the participants of Tailgate Alaska to fund the event. The participants crowd fund the Tailgate private basecamp. 100% of proceeds go to putting everything together. This event is only possible because of the dedicated community that has been built up over ten years.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GET SPENT?
We’d like to shed some light on what it costs us to do Tailgate Alaska every year. Thompson Pass is public land, but we don’t get to use it for free. Every year we build our temporary city at the base of the Chugach mountains in the remote Alaskan wilderness which costs money in permitting, insurance, labor, equipment, services, and operations. We work with all sorts of partners - many from the local Alaskan community - to give Tailgaters the best experience possible. Allproceeds from the event go directly into making the best event possible for our participants.
DISCLAIMER: We are not the only parking lot in Thompson Pass. These mountains are accessible year round, without a ticket of any kind. Tickets to Tailgate do not represent a cost to access these amazing mountains (unless you consider the discounts you get with local operators).
WHAT DO OTHER FESTIVALS COST?
Coachella: $399 general admission + $99 camping. Cost per day: $166
Burning Man: $380 general admission + $80 car fee. Cost per day: Cost per day: $51
Tough Mudder Tahoe: $129 single ticket. Cost per day: $129
Tailgate Alaska: $499. Cost per day: $49