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.
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.
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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