It’s been a bleak winter for snow lovers like myself, but that’s not stopping me from getting out.

This week I took part in one of the fastest growing sports in Anchorage.

“Everyone has a fat bike now. Anchorage is the mecca of fat biking, so it’s great,” said Will Ross, race director of the Abominable Snow Series.

Fat bikes are very similar to a mountain bikes with one very noticeable difference: The tires. These bikes ride on four to five inches of rubber to give you more flotation in snow.

The sport has become so popular there are now several races every winter, including the Abominable Snow Series, which started four years ago.

“What we’re doing is a short-track race; well, a snow short-track race, so short laps about three-quarters of a mile and race for 30 minutes and at the end of 30 minutes, ring a bell for one lap to go,” Ross said.

It might be a short race, but for riders such as Shannon Titzel it can be tough.

“For me, the most challenging part is the start of the race,” she said. “I’m not a great starter so you know you take off and your heart rate goes up really high and then I kind of get better as I go on.”

These races have a little bit of everything: Snow, ice, hills, darkness and obstacles.

Even though it can be tough, there’s always a lot of smiles after every race.

“I would say definitely try it,” Titzel said. “I always tell people, when they ask me about fat biking, that I know it’s not Alaskan, but I’m not a skier, and so snow biking kind of changed my whole winter life. So if you want to get outside and have a good time with a great bunch of people, fat biking is absolutely the way to go.”

Our winters can be long and if you are looking for a new way to enjoy them, a fat bike might be the way to go.

For more information on the Abominable Snow Series you can find them on the web and on Facebook.