Merry Marmot


Join us for our annual Merry Marmot Festival on April 1st! We have activities, contests, live music, and lots to watch. There's plenty to keep everyone entertained, so even if you aren't going to participate, come up to watch - admission is free!

We have a variety of fun events for all ages. You can register for the following events for $25 for adults, $10 for kids, or $50 for the whole family! Pay once and participate in as many events as you want!
Dual slalom, 3 person chairlift relay race, Adult tubing races, Kids tubing races, Kids snowshoe race, Costume Chinese downhill, Kids costume contest

Our premium events this year are fat tire bike races ($25) and the traditional Downhill Dummy Launch ($40)! Bike races are $25 for both - this year we have a loop race from the lodge to Chair 1 to the top of the saddle, then a downhill from the top of the saddle back to the lodge! Bike races start at 11:30. The Downhill Dummy Launch is our premiere event, and highest profile, with everyone watching from the lodge while your dummy soars off the jump! Dummies are $40 each to enter. The only restriction is the dummy must be on skis or snowboard(s) and can't be dangerous to spectators.

New this year, we have a Legends of Alaska snowboarding showcase put on by Blue & Gold Boardshop, and a formation paragliding demonstration from the top of the T-bar! Even if you don't want to participate in the events, there's lots to watch. We also have music from Neutrino Surfers and A Watch and A Handshake!

A taco bar provided by Peppercini's will be available for dinner, with beans, beef, chicken, and salmon tacos. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids, including a beverage.

We offer pre-registration for the bike races; all other events can be signed up for at the lodge.


Events with an * after them are best viewed from around the lodge. Even if you aren't participating, come up and watch all the fun!

11:00 - Fat tire loop bike race*
12:00 - Dual slalom race*
12:30 - Fat tire downhill bike race*
1:30 - 3 person chairlift relay race (Chair 1)
2:00 - Adult tube races (in the tube park)
2:30 - Kids tube races (in the tube park)
2:30-4:30 - Neutrino Surfers play in the Afterglow Pub
3:30 - Kids snowshoe race*
4:00 - Legends of Alaska half-pipe showcase*
4:30 - Costume Chinese downhill*
4:30 - Kids costume contest*
5-7:30 A Watch and A Handshake plays in the Afterglow Pub
5:30 - Paragliding formation flying*
6:00 - Downhill Dummy Launch*

We've changed the format of the fat tire bike races for 2017. The loop race will end at the top of the saddle, so the racers don't have to climb back up for the start of the downhill event! We will provide transportation for gear, so bring a backpack with clothes, water, etc and we'll have it waiting for you at the top! The uphill race starts at 11:00 at the day lodge, and the downhill race starts at 12:30 at the top of the saddle. Registration fee is $25 for both events. There will be lots of great prizes from the local bike shops. Please register in advance!

The best event of Merry Marmot is by far the dummy launch. Build your own dummy, and win fabulous prizes for being the crowd favorite (and hitting the jump!). Dummies are just $40 to register. 

Who can forget classics like the Bar Fly, Pirate Ship, or Skeleton in a Bathtub? Make YOUR dummy the one everyone talks about at the bar. Dummies must be mounted on skis or snowboard(s), and must not be a danger to spectators. Arctic Valley staff will make the final decision on whether a dummy is safe to launch. Please remember: make your dummy stable! Multiple skis or snowboards on a wide base seem to track best. 

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