VIDEO: Spring Break at Alaska's Arctic Man Classic

Skiers and snowmobilers join forces in an epic snow race
Arctic Man Classic Alaska Red Bull Levi LeVallee Ski Snowmobile Race
A good hookup is crucial to Arctic Man success.
Anthony Sansotta / Red Bull Content Pool
Have you ever wondered what it's like to ski behind a snowmobile going 90 mph? Every April, gutsy skiers and snowmobilers converge on Paxson, Alaska to compete in a one-of-a-kind team race - the Arctic Man Classic.

You may have never heard of this event before, but it's gaining worldwide attention. Thousands of powder enthusiasts come from all over the world to attend this Spring Break-like event. Competitors include big names like teammates Levi LaVallee and Daron Rahlves (scroll down to see a Red Bull video of them in action).

The race itself looks a lot like waterskiing, except it takes place on snow. The skier (or snowboarder) launches from the top of a mountain into a canyon. There, in a carefully timed handoff, the snowmobiling teammate passes the tow rope to the skier. The snowmobiler then tows the skier more than 2 miles up a second mountain and across a plateau, where top speeds reach up to 90 mph. After dodging ice and snow spit out by the sled, the skier releases the tow rope and makes the final 1,200-foot descent to the finish line.
Arctic Man Classic Alaska Red Bull Levi LeVallee Ski Snowmobile Race
Arctic Man teams await their turn on the race course.
Anthony Sansotta / Red Bull Content Pool
The course is about 5.5 miles long, and the fastest teams reach the finish line in less than 3.5 minutes. Teams train for only a couple of days beforehand, and the winning team takes home a $30,000 prize.

Besides the actual race, the five-day extravaganza also includes camping, partying and riding in the Alaskan backcountry. Last year, there were more than 13,000 people in attendance.

It's "the biggest snow machine spring break in Alaska you've ever seen in your life," said Howie Thies, director of Arctic Man.

And, like most epic things, it all began with a drunk bet -- more than 30 years ago.

For more info on the Arctic Man Classic, click here.

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