Arctic Winter Games

Every two years, Alaska athletes have an opportunity to participate in the Arctic Winter Games.

The Arctic Winter Games ( is a circumpolar sport competition for northern and arctic athletes.  The Games provide an opportunity to strengthen sport development in the participants’ jurisdictions, to promote the benefits of sport, to build partnerships, and to promote culture and values. The Games celebrate sport, social exchange and cultures. The Games provide an opportunity for the developing athlete to compete in friendly competition while sharing cultural values from northern regions around the world.

2023 Arctic Winter Games
JAN 29-FEB 4, 2023


Sarah Frampton
Executive Director/ Chef de Mission
Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska

Jennifer Hand
Alpine Representative
Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska
(907) 632-1330

General Trip Information

2023 Arctic Winter Games
JAN 29-FEB 4, 2023


  • The AWG 2023 will be held January 29, 2023 – February 4, 2023, in Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Canada.
  • The charter will depart January 28, 2023 in the afternoon from Anchorage and will arrive back in Anchorage on February 4, 2023.
  •  There will be 2 busses coming down from Fairbanks early on Jan 28th and will bring them back to Fairbanks late on Feb 4th
  • There will be a bus coming up from the Kenai area early on the 28th and will bring athletes back to the Kenai area late on Feb 4th.
  • Travel for athletes that cannot make it to one of these hubs other travel will be arranged.
  • Exact times for the charter and busses are still being determined.


  • The registration for EACH ATHLETE IS is $2,050 USD. This fee includes all travel, lodging, and meals for the week plus a parade uniform. There may be other sport specific fees.
  • This registration fee is to be paid directly to Team Alaska. Payment links are above.


There will be one female coach, and one male coach accompanying the athletes.  The Alaska Division will be making the coaches selection and we will have this information posted here shortly.    Interested in being one of our coaches?!   Please email with your interest.


  • COVID Vaccination is NOT required.   This is an update to original requirements and was just announced 11/19/22.


Step One:  Athlete Confirms Spot / Pays Deposit / Registration Packet
Deadline to accept is November 25, 2022

If you are accepting the invitation, you MUST complete all the steps below before the deadline of 11/25/22.
If you are NOT accepting the invitation, email to let us know, as a courtesy.
We will invite alternates, in order, after the initial deadline of 11/25/22.
1.   EMAIL CONFIRMATION:  Send an email to to confirm you are accepting the invitation.

2.   PAYMENT:  Athletes must pay the $500 deposit to confirm their acceptance.   Deposits must be paid by 11/25/22.  You can use the payment links below to make a deposit, and then pay your balance at a later date.   Or to be more efficient, you can pay the entire registration fee with the third link.

Print and complete Registration Packet and mail to:
Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska
607 Old Steese Hwy Ste B #733
Fairbanks, AK 99701 

Step 2:  Complete All Forms

Step 3:  Register with the Host Society



Step 4:  COVID Card (or Exemption)

Send a copy of your COVID Card (or Exemption) to Sarah Frampton,

Step 5:  Review the Participant Handbook

(from an email on November 28, 2022 sent out by Sarah)

All of our participants in AWG 2023 will have to have current passports in order to travel to Fort McMurray. We are very tight against the possibility of getting this done. Please get on this right away! If they have not applied for a passport in the next week or so, they face the real possibility of not being able to go to the Games.

1. Passport applications for all our kids and adults have to be done in person (not online). Kids under 16 have to appear in person with both parents, Kids 16 and 17 also have to appear in person, probably with one parent. Here are the links to the requirements:
General Passport Info:
Applying for a passport for kids under 16:
Applying for a passport for kids 16-17:

2. Take advantage of the special dates in Anchorage this Friday and Saturday at the Anchorage Airport discussed below to apply if at all possible. We are running out of time. Otherwise, you will have to make an appointment to apply for your kids. You can check when appointments are available at or . Be aware that anytime after very early in December may not allow enough time to get your passport before travel. Also note that in some counties there may be several post offices or other locations where you can apply. Try them all for the earliest possible dates.

3. Special Application Days for Anchorage Area Athletes.
We are trying to set up 2 special days for our team members to apply for passports at the Anchorage Airport Post Office for Friday and Saturday December 2 and 3, so that individual appointments are not necessary. To set this up we need the names of all the athletes in the Anchorage area who can take advantage of this — and we need those names by noon on Tuesday. Please email me and Bill Cotton at the names by noon Tuesday/tomorrow. His cell is 907-440-1392

4. It will help if applicants and their parents have downloaded all the forms and filled them out before going in to the Anchorage Airport Post Office or your other appointment to apply. A couple of tips: you must use black ink and use the mother’s maiden name when filling out the mother’s name. (It says parent’s name at birth.) Also, there is a fee for expedited applications – about $80 to $200 – I am getting conflicting numbers. Do not bring a check since it must clear before they can begin processing and we don’t have enough time to wait. Bring either cash or a debit card. (Not a credit card.) Also, please bring an original birth certificate and a driver’s license or other ID for parents.

5. Feel free to email or call Bill Cotton, our mission staff person who is trying to organize this, with questions. or 907-4401392. Also, we will probably need someone at the Post Office for at least part of the time Friday and or Saturday. Please email or text me and Bill if you are available. (Bill is organizing our uniforms Friday and Saturday at the warehouse so cannot do this.)