Friday’s Facts ~ Alaska Fur Rondy

  Friday Facts: Fur Rondy!Alaska Fur Rondy

Alaska’s Fur Rondy or Fur Rendezvous is also known as the Fur Rendezvous Festival, an annual winter festival held in Anchorage, Alaska during late February.

The Fur Rondy Festival was selected as the number one winter carnival in the world by the National Geographic Traveler in 2012.

Most people know of the Fur Rondy by it’s honor starting the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, since 2004 but it is the ice sculptures, public winter sports competition and arts and craft shows.


Alaska Fur Rondy
Rondy Outhouse Race!

Alaska Fur Rondy has beenaround for a long while, starting in 1935. It was started by an Anchorage resident named Vern Johnson to bring the community together and lift spirits to it’s very isolated and then much smaller (3,000) population.

Alaska Fur Rondy
The Running of the Reindeer… and some cavemen!


It was originally called the Winter Sports Carnival and the timing was no accident with it being planned for when the trappers would come into town for their gathering to sell or trade the winter harvest. The fur trade, at that time was Alaska’s second largest industry.



Alaska Fur Rondy

Alaska Fur Rondy
Kent Schumacher, wearing a Alaska gray wolf cape.

Some of the most significant attractions to the very busy with over 100 events, Fur Rondy, are:

  • Rondy Grand Prix – The Oldest Street Race in the U.S.
  • Official Fur Rondy Fur Auction- the descendant of the original fur trade rendezvous, present since the earliest days.
  • Miners’ and Trappers’ Charity Ball and Mr. Fur-Face beard contest (since 1950) – Beards are grown as long as possible and they are dyed, decorated and shaped for this contest.
  • World Championship Dog Sled Race (since 1946, with a women’s race since 1953) – This three-day, 75-mile sled dog race brings mushers from across Alaska and the world.
  • World Championship Dog Weight Pull (since Alaska Fur Rondy1967) -Sled dogs attempt to pull the greatest weight.
  • The Running of the Reindeer (my favorite!!)
  • Miss Fur Rendezvous pageant (Started in the 1950’s, also known as Miss Fur Rondy)
  • Snow Sculpture Competition
  • Fur Rondy Carnival
  • Frostbite Footrace -Costumed competitors run through downtown Anchorage.
  • Rondy Grand Parade
  • Rondy on Ice – Figure Skating Show
  • World Ice Bowling Championships



Alaska Fur RondyAND!! When you come to Alaska and after you experience Fur Rondy, you can come on up the road and have another true Alaskan experience with us and your own Wintertime Adventure Excursion!

From Family Friendly Winter Vacations to the experience of running your own trap line and wintertime predator hunts, Pioneer Outfitters guides will ensure your safety and enjoyment in the wilderness of Alaska.

Experience the awesome and soul touching realization of the Great North Country of secluded Alaska in mid-winter.  Mountains cut into the crystalline blue of the arctic sky, sun-dogs dancing, disappearing and reappearing out of nowhere, to leave you breathless, again and again.  The pitch black night of space comes alive with the twinkling of billions of more stars than you’ve ever seen before, glowing brilliant white with edges trimmed in reds and blues.

Alaska Fur RondyExcellent home cooked meals served family style and comfortable accommodations will set the mood for an unforgettable winter vacation.  Satellite TV and wireless internet is available and hundreds of movies to pick from our private collection.

Photography, snowmobile riding or just holed-up in a warm comfortable cabin- if that is your pleasure.  Beautiful, breathtaking Northern Lights are frequently seen.  Visit the old gold mining sites.  Photograph the Alaska Yukon Moose, the majestic Mountain Caribou, Dall sheep and an abundance of small game and birds.




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4 Responses to Friday’s Facts ~ Alaska Fur Rondy

  1. I love Friday Facts!!!

    You even made -40* sound Fun, Cozy and Warm! lol…But then a stay with you all would be, anytime of year!

    As Always ~*~

  2. Ugh. Friday Facts is either going to be a pleasure or a mind-twister…. What else would you like to know Facts about? (Not opinions) Alaska, (Including her people), Chisana, Pioneer Outfitters…. Stuff, here… Ask Doug!

    I think the secret is an open heart. Deep love for what we do and who we are constantly trying to improve ourselves in being. Our guests and clients are here to be welcomed. Helped to feel at ease, comfort is part of that for many, because safety is first.

    I believe the more comfortable and at ease people are, the easier it is to guide them to the dream that brought them to us, while keeping them safe.

  3. Ummm facts about all of the above plus everything!! You know me! I ask all kinds of stuff, but never thought about asking outside the box!! You live there and it’s all ingrained in you..think about what YOU wanted to know when you 1st thought of going or GOT there!!!

    I’ll pass the question on to some might be swamped!!! *Snickering

    How about asking Brian..Treks West he can come up with some too!!!!

    • Good ideas, Ann, as always…
      I’ll ask Brian for sure, you pass along too… Trust me, I am rackin’ my brain! LOL, it shouldn’t be this hard… there is SO much!
      Thanks and Love.

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