Gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker has accepted an invitation to participate as a celebrity skier at Arctic Man on April 11th.
Arctic Man is an extreme race held annually near Summit Lake. Last year, the weeklong event attracted more than 13,000 spectators from around the world. Walker, as all participants, will begin at an elevation of 5,800 feet and ski down 1,700 feet to the bottom of a narrow canyon where he will meet up with his partner on a snowmachine. He will then be towed behind the snowmachine for 2.5 miles to the finish line.
Walker is a lifelong skier. He learned to ski at a young age at Ft. Greely and was a pioneer backcountry and heliskier on Thompson Pass outside of Valdez – currently home to extreme skiing and snowboarding events.
Walker stated: “I’m honored by the invitation to participate in the 29th annual Arctic Man, and I look forward to the adventure. I so admire the entrepreneurial spirit of Howard Theis who puts this incredible event on each year.”
The Walker campaign hopes for a safe event for all and wishes the best of luck to the participants.
Below is a 1977 photo of Bill with a group of Thompson Pass pioneer extreme skiers in Valdez and a March 2014 photo of Bill at Alyeska.
Submitted by Tessa Linderman