While the Iditarod is Alaska's biggest winter event, there are several others including the Anchorage Fur Rondy - or Rendezvous, Talkeetna's Winter Fest with its Wilderness Woman competition and Seward's Polar Bear Jump Off Festival. The weeklong Fur Rendezvous is held in February and includes a snow sculpture contest, sled dog races, a parade, fireworks and a carnival. Since 2008 the Fur Rendezvous is in late February and the first days of March has included a reindeer run - withabout 40 reindeer and 500 people - down Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage and a hot air balloon event.
It's all about Iditarod - The Last Great Race on Earth
For Iditarod fans who’d like to see their favorite mushers head down the perilous trail for real, Willow is the place to be Sunday. Shuttles are available to and from the small Matanuska-Susitna Borough town, where the world’s most popular sled-dog race gets going in earnest at 2 p.m. before one of the biggest crowds to witness a sporting event in Alaska. Beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday, shuttle buses will run from Alaska’s biggest city to the Iditarod restart in Willow. The buses take off from the Millenium Hotel and tickets are available at the hotel’s volunteer registration desk. Volunteer tickets are $10 round trip, spectator tickets are $20 round trip. The volunteer shuttle leaves at 8 a.m. Two additional shuttles leave at 9:30 and 11. Shuttles departing Willow leave at 4, 5, and 6 p.m. There also will be shuttles available from Wasilla, Houston andTalkeetna. GCI channel 1 will air the restart beginning at 1:30 p.m. It also will air the finish. The race clock starts as mushers leave the start line. Competitors make up the difference in starting times during a 24-hour mandatory layover that each must take somewhere between Willow and Nome.
The Anchorage Fur Rendezvous
Rondy is a 77-year tradition in Anchorage and you are invited to join us for our 10-day celebration of life in Alaska! The streets of downtown Anchorage come alive with winter sports, native art and culture, plus tons of events for everyone to enjoy! Feel Alaska’s frontier spirit at Rondy!