Spring Newsletter

Spring really is coming!

Are you ready for summer rides and great adventures ahead? All of us at Alaska Safe Riders are excited about the coming season but first want to share highlights from this winter season. Mike and the ASR intern instructors traveled thousands of miles to more than 30 villages, reached more than 5,000 individuals, shared over 20 radio trail reports on six radio stations. We hope you will join us at the annual membership celebration to learn more!

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McGrath training


Alaska Safe Riders, along with the Alaska Avalanche Information Center, completed another successful season providing backcountry safety programs for the State of Alaska Department of Public Safety Division Alaska State Troopers.  ASR delivered a total of 39 training sessions in 21 communities reaching 5,665 individuals directly and approximately 750,000 through radio, print and social media.

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From instructor training to community education programs, Alaska Safe Riders will be offering free community workshops for recreational off-road vehicles (ROV) and all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) in Palmer May 17 and May 23rd, 2024. Two additional ATV sessions will be offered in Delta Junction June 1, 2024.

The ATV RiderCourse is two parts: A 2-hour online e-Course and a 2-2.5 hour hands-on riding s-Course. This program is conducted by licensed ATV Safety Institute Instructors. ATV Institute

You must complete an Online E-Course to be eligible to participate. Space is limited. Learn More or Register HERE

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ASR membership

Calling all Alaska Safe Riders Members!

You are invited to join the ASR Board of Directors Wednesday, May 1, 1024, 6:30-8:30 pm at the MTA center in Wasilla for the second annual Alaska Safe Riders Membership Celebration!

This one is for you! Come learn about the accomplishments made this year thanks to your support. Hear Tales from the Trails from Iron Dog champions Tyler Aklestad (Team 7) and Chris Olds (Team 10). Enjoy yummy food, meet new and old friends, and have the chance to win some great prizes.

Learn more or register here!


Dan VanDerMeulen joined the ASR instructor team in 2022. His first year  he traveled and trained with Mike beginning in Bethel and riding up the Kuskokwim River. They visted nine communities teaching and awarding thousands of dollars in safety gear along the way.

In 2024 he was back on the trail with Mike, this time traveling along the Yukon River and the Iron Dog race course. They spent 10 days and visted 14 villages along the way.

Dan has a lifetime of valuable lessons to share and describes his personal teaching style as ‘Active Participant.’ “I want to get people involved. And I know I’m also going to learn something in every class I teach.’ Read more about Dan HERE

Dan Vamdermeulen“I think my greatest attribute or skill is that I have a very strong will to survive. And I’m very good at taking people and tiptoeing through the mountains by managing the terrain I’m traveling through. I travel and guide others in a way that ensures we get to come home and do this over and over again.”


Dan Man


As the seasson comes to an end, so too does the weekly trail report. ASR researched, wrote and produced 21 reports this season that aired on six radio stations. We hope this information provided listeners with valuable help in planning their adventures. Thanks to all our collaborators and partners for providing great resources and information to help our community have everything they need to make informed decisions. We plan to continue this program and appreciate your feedback and support to make it the best report it can be! Please share comments and feedback!

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This project made possible thanks to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Working together to make Alaska safer for all!


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The Alaska Safe Riders team is committed to promoting safe snowmachining practices and providing educational resources to our community. We invite you to join us in our mission by becoming a member or volunteering your time and expertise. Together, we can make a difference and create a culture of responsible snowmachining in Alaska.

Stay updated with the latest news, events, and safety tips by following us on social media and visiting our website at @alaskasaferiders.org. We also encourage you to share your snowmachining experiences and safety stories with us using the hashtag #AlaskaSafeRiders. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to safe snowmachining. Let’s all ride responsibly and enjoy the beauty of Alaska’s winter wonderland!

Safe riding,
Mike Buck, DirectorJoin Now

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