ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – A decades-long Alaskan tradition, the Arctic Man, known as one of the toughest and exciting ski and snowmachine races in rural Alaska, will not be taking place in 2024.
Arctic Man Founder and Race Director Howard Thies announced the cancellation Saturday. Thies said they’re dealing with permitting issues with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. The DNR said they offered permitting options and the event’s organizers declined.
“We start in November to get ready for this event, its a big event, takes a lot of work and preparation to get ready,” Thies said. “I said to the DNR guy, you know, think with your Alaska hat, these are Alaskans using this property, they’re not hurting it they’re not bothering it, they’re not doing anything wrong there.”
According to Thies, the delay of agreeing on contract terms and resolving those issues he described with the DNR caused …