The Clock Has Stopped!

May 3, 2020 at 9:58 PM – Official Time

The 2020 Kuskokwim Ice Classic is over! After the tripod fully submerged into the water this afternoon, we watched and waited nervously. We were sure we would have a long nightwatch at the shack tonight….but no cold night is in store for us- the 2020 Ice Classic ended at 9:58 pm this evening.

Thanks to all our fans, customers, volunteers, and staff for making this season such a successful one, despite challenges due to COVID-19.  Winner(s) will be announced soon! We will announce Minute Madness winners first, followed by the regular Ice Classic jackpot and winner(s). As you might imagine, it is going to take a bit of extra time to organize all the regular Ice Classic guesses before we can announce that winner(s).

Welcome to Summer!



Tripod Down – Clock Still Running

We can’t see the tripod, but the clock is still ticking!
At 2:53 pm today, May 3, the tripod disappeared under water and out of sight. The line is visible until it hits the water- and then it disappears under the surface. Shortly after the tripod submerged, it moved downstream between 25 and 50 feet- but not enough to stop the clock. We’re waiting and watching! We’ve had other tripods sink in the past, and then re-emerge farther downriver. We’ll see what happens with this one!

2020 Breakup Tripod is Up & Phone Sales Are Open!!

The Kuskokwim Ice Classic committee is pleased to announce that 2020 Ice Classic tickets are now on sale! We have some major changes this year due to the threat of COVID-19. To prevent risk to our volunteers, we are requesting that customers use the phone to submit their guesses.

Phone Sales: Due to COVID-19, we are encouraging customers to submit their guesses by phone. Phone sales are open! Call 907-545-8483 to purchase your Ice Classic Tickets over the phone. Please tell the person who takes your call if you want to support a specific group (see list below). If you don’t make the specific request, the sale will ultimately benefit all groups equally.

Ticket Sales Groups: The groups benefitting from Ice Classic ticket sales this year are:

  • Bethel Friends of Canines
  • Delta Illusion Dance Company
  • BRHS Student Council
  • YK Delta Lifesavers
  • Teens Acting Against Violence
  • Aniak Yuraq Dance Group

Deadline: Guesses are due by Monday, June 1 at 7 pm. Customers should pay special attention to the rule that explains the process we will use if breakup happens on or before Monday, June 1 at 7 pm. If breakup should occur on or before June 1 at 7 pm, guesses must be submitted no later than the day before breakup occurs in order to be eligible to win. We will collect and separate guesses submitted at the end of the day each day if it appears that breakup may happen before the submission deadline date. Customers who choose to purchase tickets and wait to turn them in should be aware of weather conditions and the dropbox locations where tickets may be returned, as well as the business hours that allow accessibility to those dropbox locations, to ensure eligible guesses are entered in compliance with this rule.

Ticket Prices: Tickets are $5 for one, or $20 for a book of five guesses.

Jackpot: The 2020 winner will earn 50% of the jackpot raised. Should more than one person win, the jackpot will be split accordingly. Visit for all the 2020 rules.

Tripod: The tripod was recovered for the SECOND time last year, which means 2020 is this tripod’s THIRD season on the ice! It was placed on the river in front of FNBA in March.  The 2018/2019/2020 tripod was constructed by Eric Whitney and is based on a design by LKSD STEM students. Thanks to the Lumber Yard for donating their forklift to help us raise the tripod. Go check it out sometime, tag @kuskokwimiceclassic in your photos on social media, and remember to keep an eye on the river conditions!

Physical Tickets & Dropbox Locations in Bethel: We expect that at some point during the season, we will have a place where customers can purchase physical tickets. Those tickets will need to be taken home, completed and submitted later. One drop box will be located outside the BCSF office at 1795 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway. Additional dropbox locations will be announced throughout the season. Please read the rule written above about early breakup and be mindful of the weather and the hours of any businesses that have dropboxes. We don’t want customers who purchased guesses to miss their chance to turn them in!

We look forward to another exciting Kusko Ice Classic season and thank all of our customers for participating. Through your Ice Classic purchases, you are supporting the seven groups around the YK Delta that are listed, plus Teens Acting Against Violence, which is helping with contest logistics. All of this is important fundraising for the groups to support their activities.

Thanks: Special thanks to Eric Whitney for tripod engineering and construction, The Lumber Yard for forklift use to raise the tripod, Stan Corp for the cutouts of our Kusko Ice Classic phone sales people, Steve Carr for helping with Ice Classic shack updates, John Wallace for setting up the webcams, our manager Haley Hanson for coordinating Ice Classic tasks and activities, Kate McWilliams for painting, and the Ice Classic committee for guidance (Kathy Hanson, Paul Basile, Eric Whitney, Bethy Whalen, Patricia Smith, Michelle DeWitt).



Group Ticket Sales Application Open Until February 21!

Interested in raising money for your group?

The Kusko Ice Classic is accepting applications from groups wishing to benefit from Ice Classic ticket sales. This year both youth-serving and other groups may apply. The deadline is Friday, February 21st at 5 pm.

Click here to download the application!
(Adobe Acrobat Required)

Make sure to get them done and turned in the following ways:

  1. Completed applications may be scanned and emailed to
  2. Faxed to the Ice Classic at 907-543-1826
  3. Mailed to Kusko Ice Classic c/o BCSF at PO Box 2189; Bethel, AK  99559

This is a great way for Groups to earn money and participate in our annual event.

Join the fun!