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  • Tok, Top of the World and east

    We will be riding this area for the first time next January and would like to hear from those who have experience in the area.

  • #2
    Over The Top

    this will be new land to you it can be very cold - 20 to- 30 below it is not Maine you will be great distances from help so go prepaired there is "not" a lot of places to stay like Maine the snow will be different not like Maine just be carfull as you can loose your life an have fun Sid


    • #3
      over the top

      Forgot to say you should have a good GPS an know how to use it, as there will be very little or no trails to follow, the ones you will find will be from a trappers cabin to town an back also the daylight will be very short, a lot shorter then you expect, you will travel a lot in the dark, an do have extra gas on the snowmobile no gas stations around the cornner still want you to know it will be cold very cold then Sid


      • #4

        Can you describe the snow and how it is different than Maine? I have heard reference to this before. Can anyone shead any light on a blow hole? How big/deep and where to find them? Or not find them by accident.


        • #5
          snow in AK is real dry for the most part due to the extreme cold. during that time of the year you may have 4-5 hours of daylight tops. I have no experience riding around Tok, but I have been to Summit (mountains) many times. There seems to be no texture to the snow....kinda like sugar.


          • #6
            Tok, Top of the World

            I've taken my snowmachine from Tok to Dawson City, Yukon via Top of the World for the past seven February. There is an international snow machine run that started about 13 years ago and around 200 riders take that trip during three separate runs in February and March. Google up "Trek over the top" and you'll learn about it. The area is spectacular, but can be brutal. -42F was the coldest temp when leaving Tok, and we hit areas around the rivers that were much, much colder that trip. It's almost always "below zero something". Be ready for ice fog, white outs, blow holes and a couple of interesting side-hills (one called "Terrible Terrace"). Also it has been totally clear, but don't count on it. Snow can get skinny on the tops where it is prone to blowing. You are not allowed to cross the border unless you register in advance with customs of both countries, so beware. People live in Chicken year round (about 60 miles up the Taylor) and Boundary (just this side of the border). They will likely have gasoline for you. Do your homework and be safe.


            • #7
              I have been doing lots of homework for this trip and the more I find out the more I want to know. The area from Tok up to Tuktoyaktuk, NWT is the most important at this time. We are all set on Alberta to Maine as these areas have more population and info is abundant. Thanks for all the responses and keep them coming. Every little bit helps at this point. We think we are well prepared and are hoping for a safe enjoyable trip.

              I understand a blow hole is a hole in the snow from wind, but can't picture it exactly. Does anyone have a pic or a better description? How deep, how wide etc.?


              • #8
                Clarification, please...

                I'm not sure exactly what you're planning to do. Are you trailering your snowmachines accross Canada and riding in interesting areas or what?

                Usually found along the downwind side of a ridge or similar structure, "blow holes" are places where the wind has extensively drifted the snow, then formed tunnels as strong winds passed through the drifts. I've not seen them often, but once on the top of the world highway in February they were so extensive during a 100 yard stretch that we encountered about five or six in a row. The first one was "found" by the lead sled in our group when he literally disappeared right in front of me. His Ski-doo Summit totally nosed straight down into the blow hole. It took three of us to pull it out. No pictures...wished we had.


                • #9
                  Our sleds will be shipped to Tok in the fall and we are flying there in January to ride them back to Maine. Exact routes have been planned for certain parts and other areas we will figure out as we get there. We would like to ride in all the provinces that we can get to depending on conditions at the time. Except for a couple ferry crossings in the east the plan is to ride the whole way and for the purposes of this ride trailering will be regarded as a sin only to be done as a last resort. We are doing this self funded, unsupported, just for fun, to meet people from away,to see some new country, do some winter camping and to drive the skis off of our sleds.

                  It looks like the Nunavut may be a real chore to get to and info on this area has been slow to date.


                  • #10
                    Sent you a message


                    I sent you a private message, but I am not sure it went through because I had just registered as a new member.

                    Might want to check your Private messages.


                    • #11
                      Peacock and his advice

                      For gods sake donít every listen to a Peacock! I know this guy and he never even gets out of the house let alone on a sled! He cant even finish a race with out a massive Yard Sale! Love you Laka


                      • #12
                        Another name

                        I knew I should have used a ghost name on this site Must be Walt Maslen giving me crap! Just don't dog me on the bush flying forum

                        P.S. Don't forget that you also usually bring a lot of rope for me to pull your sorry butt back home!


                        • #13
                          That area has a strong learning curve. I would not count on gas in chicken in january. And you will not need snowshoes because in january if your snowgo breaks down you will not be alive long enough to make it to safety. January is the coldest month of the year it is normal for temps to be -60 to -70 below zero the record temprature for north america is about -84 below and it was in canada across the alcan hwy just over the border. As the raven flies that is about 100 miles from where you will be traveling. No worries have a good time.



                          • #14
                            -88 degrees, Snag, Yukon

                            For the record-
                            In Jan 1943 a US crew was building an airstrip on a hilltop for ferrying planes to Russia. On that fateful morning they recorded a temperature of minus 88 degrees. That temp was taken at an elevation of 1500 ft. above the river below. Can't imagine what the temp was down at lower elevation.


                            • #15
                              Not much choice.

                              We'll have to take our chances on January if we want to still have ridable snow by the time we get back to Maine in March. We need to ride to southern Maine where mid March is about it for snow.


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