Merry Marmot Festival set for Saturday at Arctic Valley

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 12:03
  • Tubers Renz Cajimat, Katrina Navarro, Abbey Gamet and Ralph Gamet slide down the slopes at Arctic Valley’s tube park on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Arctic Valley’s annual spring fling is set for Saturday, March 30 starting at 11 a.m.

The 15th annual Merry Marmot Festival is a daylong event that features everything from fat tire bike races to a downhill dummy launch.

The festival begins at 11 a.m. at Arctic Valley, a nonprofit ski area located at the end of Arctic Valley Road. The first event of the day is a fat tire bike race, followed by a 3-person relay race, dual slalom races, tube races in the tube park, a kids snowshoe race, a “Chinese” downhilll costume contest race and the famous dummy launch, in which competitors create dummies on skis or snowboards to be launched off a jump. There’s also live music all day starting at noon and going through the 8:30 p.m. end of the festival.

The Blue & Gold Boardshop will present a “Legends of Alaska showcase and halfpipe jam,” and Peppercini’s will provide a taco bar for dinner.

The festival is free, but there’s a $25 entry fee ($10 for kids and $50 for a family) to participate in the slalom, the 3-person relay race, the tubing races, the kids’ snowshoe race and the mass downhill costume contest. Competitors can pay once to enter as many of those events as they wish. The fat tire bike races and dummy launch are premium events and also have a $25 entry fee.

Here’s a schedule of events:

Merry Marmot Festival

Saturday, March 30

Arctic Valley Ski Area

11 a.m. - Fat tire loop bike race

12 to 2 p.m. - CryoCajuns play in the Afterglow

Noon to 4 p.m. - Legends of Alaska Retro 1/2 Pipe

12:30 p.m. - Fat tire downhill bike race

1 p.m. - 3 person Chair 1 Relay Race

2:15 to 3:45 p.m. - The Amalgajam play in the Afterglow

2 to 4 p.m. - Dual slalom race

2:30 p.m. - Kids tube races (in the tube park)

3 p.m. - Adult tube races (in the tube park)

3:30 p.m. - Kids snowshoe race*

4 to 6 p.m. - Becky Cotter & Co play in the Afterglow

4 p.m. Legends of Alaska showcase

5 p.m. Costume Chinese downhill

6 p.m. Downhill Dummy Launch

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Hwy9 play in the Afterglow

For more information and a complete event schedule, visit

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