2024 Arctic Winter Games
The Mat-Su Valley is excited to host the 2024 Arctic Winter Games March 10-16, 2024. The Arctic Winter Games brings together approximately 2,000 young athletes from around the circumpolar world for a week of athletic competitions and cultural exchanges. Sports competitions will be taking place around the Palmer and Wasilla areas in virtually every venue possible. In addition to the athletes, more than 4,000 volunteers, media and spectators are expected to attend.
Athletes come from Alaska, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, Greenland, Nunavik, Northern Alberta and the Indigenous people of Norway, Sweden and Finland. The Games are held every two years, and 2024 is the first time they will be held in the Mat-Su Valley. The 2022 Arctic Winter Games were pushed to 2023 due to Covid, and were held in Wood-Buffalo, Alberta, Canada.
The Games feature 21 sports, ranging from badminton and table tennis to team sports like basketball and ice hockey. Winter sports include snowboarding, skiing, and biathlon among others. Dene games are traditional Arctic games such as stick pull, snow snake, hand games, finger pull and pole push.
The Mat-Su 2024 Arctic Winter Games Host Society is overseeing the Games, and has launched the 2024 Games official web site.