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This year’s champs

[Images and video courtesy of Mystik Lubricants]

After two days of delays due to inclement weather, the 31st Artic Man finally went and the event turned out to be one for the ages.

In the end, Daron Rahlves and Levi LaVallee took away top honors with an unprecedented grand prize of $61,000. Last year’s purse was added to this year’s total due to the 2015 Artic Man being canceled.

Related: Is Arctic Man The Greatest Alaskan Tradition?

Rahlves, who is a former Olympian and World Cup champ in the Downhill teamed up with Minnesotan and Winter X Games gold medalist LeVallee in what amounted to an unbeatable pair at this year’s Artic Man. All in all, the two finished the 5.5 mile course in 4 minutes and 2.8 seconds. That time fell just short of Marco Sullivan and and Tyler Aklestad’s record time of 3 minutes and 52.7 seconds.

Men’s Final Results

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Women’s Final Results

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About Arctic Man

The Arctic Man is a race for teams of two skilled competitors that tests the strength of an athlete and the horsepower of a snowmobile. Courage and training are essential elements of this team of snowmobile and skier.

The Arctic Man is one of the World’s Toughest Downhill Ski races, and an exciting snowmobile race, all in one. The skier begins at a summit elevation of 5,800 feet and drops 1700 feet in less than two mile to the bottom of a narrow canyon where he meets up with his snowmobiling partner.

The snowmobiler meets the skier, on the go, with a tow rope and pulls the skier 2 1/4 miles uphill at top speeds of up to 86 mph. The skier and the snowmobile then separate and the skier goes over the side of the second mountain and drops another 1200 feet to the finish line.

At the Arctic Man you “GO FAST or GO HOME