Frequently Asked Questions
Q: If the ice breaks and no one has the
exact minute how do you determine the winner?
A: If no one guesses the exact minute, the next closest minute on
either side of the exact minute will be the winning time.
Q: How thick is the ice when the Tripod
A: We are unable to measure the ice due to river conditions. When
we stop taking ice measurements we have determined that the ice is
no longer safe.
Q: What happens if the Tripod tips over
and does not stop the clock?
A: The ice is not officially out, we wait until the Tripod moves and
stops the clock. Once the clock has stopped, we determine who the
Q: When filling out our tickets do we
need to adjust for Daylight Savings Time?
A: You need to remember that the clock
that is attached to the Tripod is set to Alaska Standard Time. At
one time Alaska was in 4 different time zones so it was decided to
use Alaska Standard Time.
Q: What happens if the ice goes out before
we are finished entering the tickets into the data base?
A: We cannot determine a winner until
all of the tickets are entered into the data base, therefore we cannot
notify any winners until we have finished entering all of the guesses.
Once we have finished, we notify the winner(s).
Q: Can people from outside the state
of Alaska participate in the Ice Classic?
A: Yes, people from all over the world
participate in the Nenana Ice Classic. However, the tickets must be
purchased in the State of Alaska. Due to Alaska Gaming regulations,
we cannot mail the tickets. In order to participate you can mail your
list of guesses along with $2.50 per guess to the Nenana Ice Classic
office. We will gladly fill out the tickets for you. For more information
on purchasing Nenana Ice Classic tickets click on "Tickets"
If we haven't answered your question,
please feel free to contact us.