Government of Yukon

January 10, 2013

Fulda challenges Yukon winter

WHITEHORSE—In support of Yukon government’s overseas tourism marketing, the Fulda Winter Challenge kicked off a variety of events across Yukon today.

“The Yukon government is very pleased to continue to partner with the Fulda Challenge,” Tourism and Culture Minister Mike Nixon said. “This year’s focus is on winter tire safety, which adds a new dimension to the continuing marketing benefits of this partnership.”

The Department of Tourism and Culture is contributing $150,000 to Fulda in support of the event. In 2012, this sponsorship provided an estimated $5 million in equivalent media advertising in Germany, Switzerland and Austria – Yukon’s largest overseas tourism market.

Sixty-five people are traveling with the Fulda entourage including athletes, support personnel, foreign journalists and international guests from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France.

“With this event, Fulda marks the 17th consecutive year in Yukon, including a three year sponsorship of the Yukon Quest, and the Fulda Challenge itself, which started in 2000,” Marketing Manager Goodyear-Dunlop (Germany Austria Switzerland) Susanne Knickel said. “We are proud of our Yukon history, and thank the people of the territory for their long lasting support.”

The Fulda Challenge spends an estimated $1 million directly within Yukon on equipment rentals, accommodation, food and beverages, transportation, staging of events and other services. This year’s challenge features events in the Whitehorse area, Dawson City and the Dempster Highway. 

For more information on the Department of Tourism and Culture’s work to market and promote Yukon as a tourism destination visit


See attached 2013 Fulda Challenge schedule.


Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications
Karen Keeley
Communications, Tourism & Culture

2013 Fulda Challenge schedule

Date Time Event Location
January 10
9 a.m. Welcome reception at the
Yukon Visitor Information Centre
11:30 a.m. Buggy drive Schwatka Lake
2:15 p.m. Climbing Mount Sima Alpine
Adventure Park
January 11
11 a.m. Dogsled race staged
from Muktuk Kennels
Takhini River
2:30 p.m. Airplane pulling Fish Lake
January 12
10 a.m. Blindfold parcours
(obstacle race)
Braeburn Lodge
2 p.m. Ice chopping followed
by a drive to Dawson City
Pelly Crossing
January 13
1:30 p.m. Long distance run Arctic Circle marker on
the Dempster Highway
January 14
11 a.m. Snowshoe mountain run Dawson City
1:30 p.m. Canoeing downhill Dawson City
January 15
12:30 p.m. Tire slingshot Carmacks
6:30 p.m. Winners’ banquet Whitehorse
January 16
8 a.m. Fulda entourage departs Whitehorse

News Release #13-007