March Madness at Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area

Note: This event has already passed.

Date: Mar 16 2019, 11 a.m.

Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area - Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Area Building 1172 Fort Wainwright 99703 Google Map

Please note: Due to deteriorating snow conditions, March Madness weekend will be moved up 1 week to March 16 & 17. The Color Trek & Tube will remain on its originally-scheduled day of Sunday, March 24.

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Things are about to get wild at this year's March Madness event! Don't miss out on ski & snowboard contests, pond jumps, and polar plunges for all ages!

 

Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 16:

Tubing Hill: The Tubing Hill will be open for 2 sessions on Saturday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and 2-5 p.m. Normal daily fees apply.

Rail Jam Contest*:
2 p.m.
Show off your skills at this epic event, starting at 2 p.m. Jam the Rail Garden for a 15 minute session during the Rail Jam Contest. Entry fee is $10. All participants must have a helmet. Prizes will be awarded for top contestants.

Knuckle Huck*:
3:30 p.m.
Get ready for the first ever Knuckle Huck! Instead of hitting the Big Air jump as they traditionally would, riders instead take off the knuckle (roll over) of the jump and huck their most unique trick, finishing in the same landing area. Since riders do not get as much height, the tricks must instead rely on technicality and creativity. All participants must have a helmet. Prizes will be awarded for top contestants.

 

Sunday, March 17:

Tubing Hill: The Tubing Hill will be open for 2 sessions on Saturday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and 2-5 p.m. Normal daily fees apply.

Big Air Contest*: 
2 p.m.
Get big air, nail the trick, land it, and then brag about it later. Contest starts at 2 p.m., and the entry fee is $10. Prizes will be awarded for top contestants.
*All participants must wear a helmet (supplied free of charge from Birch Hill Equipment Rental).

Pond Skip*:
4 p.m.
Can you make it across the intimidatingly chilly pond on skis or snowboard? All ages are welcome to tempt fate and attempt to make it across the 65+ feet of ice cold open water. Afterwards, warm up by the bonfires and roast some marshmallows. Remember to bring towels, spare clothes, and extra snow gear to change into.
*No ski poles are allowed for this event. All participants must wear a helmet (supplied free of charge from Birch Hill Equipment Rental).

Polar Plunge*:
5:30 p.m.
Take the plunge! Jump feet first into the freezing cold water and prove just how "Alaskan" you really can be! All ages are welcome into the chilling pond. Afterwards, warm up by the bonfires and roast some marshmallows. Remember to bring towels, spare clothes, and extra snow gear to change into.
*Must be 8 years of age or older to participate. Participants under 18 years of age must have guardian present. All participants must wear a helmet.

Warm up at the fire pits:
After a day on the slopes, warm up your fingers and toes by the fire pits. We'll be stoking the fires throughout the afternoon and evening so you can gather by the flames with friends and family.

 

Please stay tuned to the WainwrightMWR Facebook page for updated information.

The entire community is invited; visitors must use the Fort Wainwright Visitor Entrance, and follow all entry procedures.

 

Thank you to our event sponsors.
Paid sponsorship. No federal endorsement implied.

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Cost

March Madness is free for spectators.
Entry fees for competitive events vary.