Tailgate Alaska is a 10-day-long festival, held each year (April 1 – 10, 2016) 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 eighth 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.
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If Alaska is the goal for all dedicated wintersports enthusiasts, then Tailgate Alaska is the gateway to their winter paradise.
Over the years, Tailgate Alaska has become one of THE must-attend events in winter sports. The location provides some of the most direct big-mountain access on the planet. Around camp, backcountry education plays a central role with snow-safety classes, beacon search demos and contests, and snowmobile-riding clinics.
See the map below to get a good idea of the area. The only thing limiting your access to these mountains is your budget. Of course a heli can fly you anywhere, and in the past couple of years we have seen crews going as far as 30 miles out for a day trip. If you are limited to skining then the mountains that directly surround base camp will offer plenty of terrain and powder for every ability.
The World Freeride Festival has and always will put safety first. COPYRIGHT WORLD FREERIDE FESTIVAL 2012