One of the big winter events here is an event called Arctic Man. It occurs in April at a place south of Fairbanks, called Summit Lake. This event involves a snow machine and skier and has been going on for about 24 years. Check the link for how the event is performed.
One of my friends, John Martin, has won the event several times. His skier for the last several years has been an Olympic skier from Poland. John's wife Pat is the one that designs and knits the Alaskan Table Runners seen on this page.
I have attached some pictures of this years event.
The wife and I are off to Reno tomorrow. Will have more on the trip on the Alaskan Marine Highway.