The Annual Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Winter Festival is to celebrate the end of Alaska’s long winter. It is a chance for Alaska residents to get outside, shake off the winter funk, and celebrate everything Alaska with food, events, tradition, and culture!
The Fur Rondy is held in downtown Anchorage. Shops, restaurants, the 5th avenue mall, coffee shops, food trucks, and museums are within walking distance of The Rondy!
At first the Fur Rendezvous was just a name for swap meets where fur trappers would sell their winter harvests. But then, in 1935 a resident, Vern Johnson, organized a three day sports tournament, called the Winter Sports Carnival at the same time as the swap meets.
The tournament boosted the spirits of the 3,000 Alaskan’s braving the winter at the time and increased activity at the Fur Rendezvous.
After 1937, it went on to be called Winter Sports Tournament and Fur Rendezvous. The original festival lasted 10 days and had events such as hockey, skiing, sled dog racing for children, bonfires, etc.
Today’s Fur Rondy lasts a total of two weeks. Beginning at the end of February and ending in early March to lead right into the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Today’s modern Fur Rendezvous has over 100 events!
Events include the World Championship Sled Dog Races, Snow Sculpture Competition, Running with the Reindeer, a Carnival, hockey tournaments, the Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod, Frostbite Footrace, Fur Auction, Miss Fur Rendezvous Pageant, World Ice Bowling Championships, and so much more!
Experiencing this event for the first time was amazing! I fall more in love with Alaska everyday. If you’ve never been to Alaska, then book a flight now! I’m not kidding, this will be the most unique, friendly, breathtaking place you will ever travel to!
Most people travel to Alaska for the gorgeous, sunny summers. I mean who wouldn’t? 20+ hours of sunshine?! Yes please. But winter in Alaska is just as magical and the Fur Rondy is part of that magic!
For more Fur Rondy information you can check out their website!