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Old 01-17-2015, 11:42 AM   #1
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TOK to Dawson, Winter edition

Over the Top trek, snowmachine ride for Tok to Dawson.. Early March .. Has anybody here made the ride ?
What conditions should I expect ?
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Welcome advice, sled recommendations, etc.
I am total newb to snowmachine world.

Understand the customs immigration station closed up end of September. Guess we go on the " honor system " ?
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Old 01-17-2015, 12:09 PM   #2
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Not so quick spunky

Leave the firearms at home. Customs will be in Dawson when you arrive.
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Old 01-17-2015, 01:35 PM   #3
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Pray for snow.

Or be prepared to bring an ATV.
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Old 01-17-2015, 01:59 PM   #4
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I don't yet have snowmachine, nor ATV.
Plenty of sleds available around here, don't know which type or manufacture is best for reliability, ease of maintenance, long term service... sure I will get various conflicting recommendations..
Alternately,
Is there some type of multi mission vehicle, that will fulfill roll of snawmachine AND ATV ?
Doesn't need street legal, I can trailer to TOK.
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Old 01-17-2015, 02:08 PM   #5
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I rode the organized Tok to Dawson ride Mar 7-10, 2013 with Cubdriver. Its
well run and the road was groomed. Most of the 180+ miles you can ride as
fast as you want. They open the lodge at Chicken to fill your tank, get a
warm-up and a break. Carry a spare can if you think your sled needs it for
Chicken to Dawson. Temps at Tok were -8 when we left and the coldest
was at Chicken at -15, the temp rose to +20 at Dawson. Temps were a
bit warmer for the return ride. I was chilled by Chicken. I think a one-piece
suit would work better for me to stop air leaks. I use a full-face Ski-Doo
modular helmet which works fairly well but a lot of guys use "dirt-style"
helmets. I also used bar-muffs which work very well with hot-grips. I put
on the tallest windshield made for my sled, 2013 SkiDoo Summit 800etec,
and could have used something taller. Customs check-in is at Dawson on
the way out and at Tok on the way back. Dawson treats the "trekkers"
very well, like D2D, and we enjoyed the time there. I've had sleds since
the 70's but never done the Tok>Dawson ride before. Might do it again.
Haven't heard any snow reports from that area this year. We're all
hoping for more snow everywhere.



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Old 01-17-2015, 11:16 PM   #6
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Have done this several times. Pretty much like D2D. Expect the coldest temps. One run on the way back the wind chill was -50f. That was the only time in my life I received frost bite. Some people tape up with duct tape... it does a work. It's a great time but bring a buddy. On average it'll take about 3.5 hours to get there if the temps are above 0 and it is a well groomed trail.
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Old 01-18-2015, 12:10 AM   #7
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How do they get that ferry across the Yukon river in winter ?
Must take a LOTTA dogs to pull that big steel boat.....
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:46 AM   #8
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I rode it once from Dawson to Tok. I rode to Dawson on the Yukon Quest Trail as a trail breaker. At Dawson the Canadians took over the trail breaking and we headed to Tok to be picked-up and taken to Fairbanks. Dawson was pretty lively with the Quest people settling in for their mandatory break and there was a curling Bon Spiel taking place as well. There were no rooms to be had, so we went to the Famous Downtown Hotel and told the clerk that we had been sent to pick-up the key for the Race Director's room, which she gladly provided. Fortunately the Director did not arrive that night. The Top of the World Hwy was drifted over in several places and the Canadian Rangers left about 4 hours before us to break it open. They were followed by about 40 Canadians that were riding to Tok for a few days of hard drinking at Fast Eddy's Bar, which opened for the occasion. (Why? Who the heck knows.). When we rode into Dawson the night before it was in the -20s and the lower 40 Mile River and the Yukon River were all jumble ice; miserable and slow going. In the late morning when we left Dawson it was bright and sunny and up on the TOW the temps were above freezing. My old Arctic Cat pulling a Siglin Sled was way down on power at altitude and with the heat I was afraid I might lose the engine. A couple of the Canadian partiers did blow their motors and we met them being towed back into Dawson. Some corners were blown free of snow and we had to cut the corners by ducking down into the low spots on the inside of the corners. Very nearly did not make it out of one or two. Never saw customs people at either end and thank goodness The Dick had gotten the ice bridge out of storage and erected.
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Old 01-18-2015, 01:57 PM   #9
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Use caution on the terrible terrace....
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:24 AM   #10
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Not in the cards this year but hoping to ride it next year.

Do plan on enjoying the fresh snow tomorrow however!
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Old 01-24-2015, 07:29 AM   #11
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We have at least normal snow for this year, have not heard what it is like up top or over on the Tok side but they usually are about the same as us. Our F1 race track is in on the river and is awesome. Great opportunity to take the Team Pterdactyl ice racer out for a go, it is a hoot.
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Old 01-25-2015, 12:47 PM   #12
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What is your ice racing schedule?
You guys have separate classes for front and rear drive?
Road race course, or oval track ?

Any pics you can post of the cars?

Homer version:

http://youtu.be/qK60hFuNnpk
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Old 02-17-2015, 10:16 AM   #13
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Snow report? I am out of the country right now, but have heard it has been a crap year for snow sports. A buddy and I are signed up and ready to ride, just hoping for decent conditions. Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 02-17-2015, 10:24 AM   #14
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Beautiful! Was just here over the summer. What a difference.
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Old 02-17-2015, 02:48 PM   #15
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snow is normal in Dawson and apparently good up on top on our side. I assume Tok is not too much different than us and so should be good, apparently about 150 headed our way. Look me up.
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