THIS TOUR INCLUDES:
2 hours of fat tire biking
Local, professional and caring guide
Bike, helmet, poggies (bar mitts) and hand warmers
Tasty, filling and healthy snacks and water
Round trip transportation from downtown Anchorage
Group size: maximum 6 people
Up to 7 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous: Please see trip details and skills / fitness tab below for more details
Looking for a private experience for your group, tailored to your abilities? Contact us with what you are looking for. Come see Anchorage the best way, the biking way!
** Note: Weather condition vary in the winter. Length of trip may vary based on road conditions.
Willow, originally Alaska's largest gold mining district, is now the official home of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race Start. The love of dog mushing in Willow makes it an ideal location for winter recreation. Local trails are maintained daily, providing the best possible conditions for Fat Tire Biking.
Experience the serene wilderness as you pedal through the woods, over frozen lakes and part of the official Iditarod Trail! Our fat tire bikes are studded and designed to handle winter riding condition. We provide high quality equipment and winter gear to keep you warm so you can enjoy the experience.
REMEMBER: Alaskan weather is always changing and winter temperatures drop below zero at times. We encourage all those coming on our trips to have non-cotton, comfortable clothing. Dress in layers and you will always be prepared! We recommend checking the weather the day of you trip.
Bike: Rocky Mountain Fat Tire Bike with studded tires, insulated helmet, pogies (bar mits), hand warmers, biking gloves, over boots (if needed), goggles
Warm layers (non-cotton), winter jacket, winter / snow pants, wool (non-cotton) socks, warm hat / beanie, warm winter gloves
Sunglasses, extra layers, water bottle, camera
We require that riders know how to ride a bike and are comfortable shifting gears and using hand brakes. Please see the skill / fitness level tab, riders are required to have a minimum skill level of 3 and fitness level of 5. This trip is for active individuals and groups looking for a fun way to get out and enjoy our Alaskan Winter. Fat tire biking requires more energy and effort than road and mountain biking. There are numerous stops along the way where your guide will share interpretative ecology and natural history.We ask all of our riders to understand our adventures are designed as a group ride, not a race, nor a private guided experience. If you are interested in a more challenging ride or a private experience please contact us.
Level 1 - - BEGINNER: I can ride a bike, use hand breaks, and shift but this will be my first ever mountain bike ride. Yay!
Level 2 - - BEGINNER: Flat or downhill is best. I am a beginner when it comes to skill, technique and ability. I have limited experience and ride 1 -2 times a year.
Level 3 - - ADVANCED BEGINNER: I mountain bike a few times a year. I prefer wide dirt trails. I'm not particularly comfortable with long climbs or steep downhills. Singletrack - what is singletrack?
Level 4 - - LOW INTERMEDIATE: I ride a few times a month. I enjoy smooth mellow singletrack. Trees often feel tight, climbs come too quick to shift and I have to walk sometimes, and the obstacles have me a bit surprised.
Level 5 - - INTERMEDIATE: I am comfortable and confident rolling over small obstacles like roots, rocks, and small rollable drops (couple inches high). I do not take my wheels off the ground.
Level 6 - - ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE: I ride 2-3 times a week. I'm pretty good on longer climbs. I'm willing to try more technical features such as rocks or roots (up to 6 inches) and I like to push myself when on a bike. In bike parks, I am comfortable on all green trails and blue trails. I anticipate hills by shifting gears often and smoothly. I shift my body weight forward in efforts to keep traction on my front wheel when climbing. Descending, I am comfortable and balanced standing up off my seat and can maintain level pedals for the entire descent. I am comfortable with speed and letting go of my brakes as long as I can see the exit or end of the descent. I use momentum to climb rolling terrain and am comfortable using both the front and back breaks when required. I understand effective cornering techniques although still need to work on my timing and coordination.
Level 7 - - ADVANCED: I consider myself to be a strong rider. I ride at least 2-3 times a week and rides can be 3-5 hours. I enjoy long climbs and technical features. I'm very comfortable with singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and am comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little breaking. I can hop over obstacles such as small roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over. I can anticipate the need to shift gears for hills often and smoothly. I use my breaks sparingly and am open to taking some air off rocks and roots. I am comfortable leaning my bike through corners and exit with acceleration.
Level 8 - - EXPERT: Mountain biking is a very big part of my life. I ride 3-4 times a week. I love long, arduous climbs over 3,000 feet in elevation gain. I can handle extreme technical trails and I'm comfortable in the air as needed.
Level 9 - - PROFESSIONAL: I get paid to ride my bike. I'm that good. Bring it on!
Level 1 - - NON-AEROBIC: I exercise less than 1 hour a week. The thought of going uphill on a bike is very daunting. I want the easiest, most mellow ride possible on flat, easy terrain!
Level 2 - - VERY LOW INTENSITY:I live a fairly sedentary life, with very little activity outside of walking. I can handle a 1 hour bike ride on flat terrain at a relaxed pace. Small, short hills are a challenge, but manageable. I exercise about 1 hour per week.
Level 3 - - LOW INTENSITY: I exercise about 2 hours per week. I can ride a bike for 1-2 hours at a relaxed pace, with breaks. I can handle 1 or 2 easy hill climbs of up to 300 feet or so.
Level 4 - - LOW-MEDIUM INTENSITY: I try to get regular exercise, up to 2-3 hours a week. I can ride a bike for 2-3 hours at a relaxed to moderate pace, with a few short breaks. I can climb up to 600 feet or so in a day.
Level 5 - - MEDIUM INTENSITY: I get regular exercise, up to 4-5 hours a week, including riding a bike. I can go on a 4 hour bike ride at a moderate pace with some short breaks. I'm confident climbing up to 1,000 feet in a day.
Level 6 - - MEDIUM/HIGH INTENSITY: I'm really getting into cycling and can ride up to 5 hours at a moderate pace with short breaks. I can climb 1,500 to 2,000 feet in a day. I regularly exercise 5 times a week.
Level 7 - - HIGH INTENSITY: I consider myself a pretty fit athlete and I exercise on average 7-8 hours per week. I can ride 5-6 hours a day at a moderately fast pace with a few breaks. I can handle a ride with 3,000 feet of climbing.
Level 8 - - VERY HIGH INTENSITY: I consider myself a strong endurance athlete and I get a very regular, intense exercise for up to 10 hours a week. I can ride up to 7 hours a day at a fast, steady pace. Long climbs, up to 4,000 feet, are not a problem for me.
Level 9 - - PROFESSIONAL: I am a professional athlete or cyclist and ride for long days on end.