And big mountain skiing have become synonymous with valdez.
You can now add fat biking to the list.
Just a few weeks ago the first annual 'chugach fat bike bash' was held in valdez.
An event geared towards pushing competitors fear and fat bike's reputation to the limit.
While intentions were good, mother nature had other plans.
Closing down the airport, preventing our crew from safely making it into town.
But as channel two's blake essig tells us in this weeks extreme alaska, that didn't stop dozens of riders from making the most of the event in the only way alaskan's know how.
48 "we have now discovered the secret to making it snow in valdez, host a bike event."
Over the course of 3-days in the middle of march.
40 "it's rain or shine, it's valdez, this is what it does here.'
Nearly 3-feet of snow fell from the sky.
14 "it's saturday morning of the chugach fat bike bash and we woke up to a couple feet of fresh snow.'
It's putting a little bit of a wrench in the works but only a delay.'
22 as the snow piled up, city crews worked to clear competition courses.
1:12 "it's nuking snow out."
And while some events had to be altered.
Dozens of fat tire bikers were determined to keep riding.
Celebrating the snow and a little competition.
3;14 "i really just did the race to see if i could do it.
I didn't expect this kind of weather though, it was a little more challenging than anybody expected it to be."
Throughout the event.
Whether battling snow ... or enjoying the occasional break.
The festival continued.
And while it didn't go exactly to plan, riders made the most of the hand mother nature dealt in true alaskan fashion.
For extreme alaska, blake essig, channel two news.
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