Photos: Jordan Ingmire
Flow Tailgate Alaska wrapped up on Thompson Pass. Returning for its sixth annual festival (held March 29-April 7, 2013), Flow Tailgate Alaska: World Freeride Festival brought together professional athletes, media, industry and recreational riders for the seasons largest backcountry gathering. This year was larger than ever, bringing together 500 participants from as far away as Russia, Australia and Chile – 14 countries in all.
Flow Tailgate Alaska continues to forge a new event model, mixing backcountry education, entertainment and direct access to world class terrain. According to event founder Mark Sullivan, "This year was our most successful event ever. We had more people, great weather, deep snow an amazing group of people – and it never got tracked out." Most participants agree. According to Tailgater and Polaris Industries creative director Jon Miller, "I had the best day of my life. Two days in a row." It's these kinds of experiences that set Flow Tailgate Alaska apart from all other wintersports events. According to snow safety director Sean Wisner, "Everyone at Flow Tailgate Alaska participates. It is not like other events where people stand around and watch. Here it is about doing it for yourself – and learning something new about riding in the backcountry safely."
Flow Tailgate Alaska also played host to the fourth annual Flow World Freeriding Championships, which test riders skills in the ultimate proving grounds – Alaska's Chugach range.
The best part is, YOU are invited to come and participate (at least in 2014) – Flow Tailgate Alaska will return to Thompson Pass in 2014 for another epic season of introducing new riders to Alaska and giving veterans easy access to the world's best terrain and snow conditions.