The Fur Rendezvous Festival is an annual winter festival held in Anchorage, Alaska in late February. The self-styled “largest winter festival in North America”, Fur Rendezvous is highly anticipated by many Anchorage-area residents as marking the beginning of the end of a long winter and the approach of spring. In 2012, Fur Rendezvous was selected as the number one winter carnival in the world by the National Geographic Traveler.
The Blanket Toss, an ancient Alaska Native tradition, joined the festival in 1950. Native Alaskans were flown into Anchorage from Nome and the Little Diomede Islands to participate in the Blanket Toss and showcase their captivating tribal dances. The World Championship Sled Dog Race debuted in 1946 and has become the cornerstone event of the festival, bringing teams of sled dogs and mushers to Anchorage from across Alaska and all over the world.
Sports are still a big part of Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, but sprinting before reindeer or steering the fastest outhouse on skis put Rondy in a league of its own for competitive spirit. Fan favorites like the Outhouse Races and Running of the Reindeer, a mad dash down the streets of Anchorage with caribou at the racers’ heels, always draws a crowd. In the Rondy World Championship Sled Dog Races, dog teams and their mushers complete three high-speed, loops over three days with the fastest elapsed time the winner. The competition, which began in 1946, is considered the grandfather of all Alaska races. The 2017 sled dog races begin on Fourth Avenue at D Street, and run out and back to Campbell Creek.
Anchorage, Alaska. The largest city in the state and gateway to the Interior. Stretching from the shores of Cook Inlet, Anchorage grew from a small tent community to 300,000 people in the 100 years since its founding. Its proximity to the Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound, and Chugach Mountains brings outdoor adventure within reach for residents and visitors alike.
Anchorage is home to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, with strong ties to our military personnel and their families. With its Southcentral location, Anchorage serves as a major aviation hub, from small commuter flights to outlying communities to international cargo and passenger service.