Arctic Man to open with plenty of snow

Arctic Man to open with plenty of snow
April 8, 2013 Ashleigh Strange

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Deep snow is making for ideal conditions for the 28th annual Tesoro Arctic Man Classic.

The race in the Hoodoo Mountains off the Richardson Highway combines downhill racing or snowboarding with a snowmobile.

Racers start at a 5,800-foot summit, slide down 1,700 feet across more than 2 miles and then link up with a moving snowmobile.

The machine tows racers uphill for 2 1/4 miles and releases them to glide down a second hill 1,200-feet to the finish line.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Some 53 two-member teams have signed up for the race, including last year’s ski winners Marco Sullivan and Tyler Aklestad.

The race this year features a separate competition for adaptive-class skiers.

The parking lot opens Monday and the main race is Friday morning.

A snowmachiner pulls a skier during a previous Arctic Man Race on the 5.5 mile track.

A snowmachiner pulls a skier during a previous Arctic Man Race on the 5.5 mile track.

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