VALDEZ, Alaska (Nov. 19, 2011) – Tailgate Alaska will return to Thompson Pass this season, March 25 to April 10, 2011, bringing together dedicated recreational riders, professional athletes and the industry to ride the world's best mountains and deepest snow.
This results in life changing mountain experiences on the blue days but a lot of down time as well. Tailgate Alaska fills the in between times with daily BBQ, beer garden, snow science education, shelter, wifi and entertainment.
Due to overwhelming demand, Tailgate Alaska is now a ticketed event – according to event founder Mark Sullivan, "The response has been amazing so we are limiting participation to 500 (last year 300 attended), to try to keep it safe out there and ensure there is plenty of powder in the zones directly above the Tailgate party. Plus, there are only so many beds in Valdez and RVs to rent in Anchorage."
Tickets have been selling rapidly, although this is their first actual announcement. According to Sullivan, "I would not be surprised if the event is sold out before Christmas. This year it will be really important to plan ahead as already people are booking rooms and RVs as well."
Tailgate Alaska also plays host to the World Freeriding Championships – The World Extreme Skiing Championships (the world's first big mountain event celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2011) and the King of the Hill (snowboarding's original freeride event).
For more information, check out tailgatealaska.com.
Tailgate Alaska was formed in 2008 by Mark Sullivan (Media Knievel, founder of SNOWBOARD magazine, and former editor of Snowboarder Magazine.) Held annually on Thompson Pass (Valdez, AK) at the ABA heli operations base area. Nick Perata, known for his starring role in the feature film First Descent, hosts the Tailgate Alaska basecamp and its webcast series.