Monday, March 26, 2018

8am-5pm, transportation & lunch included, $250
Tour: Fort Knox Mine & Permafrost Tunnel


Details: Tour participants will depart the Carlson Center at 8:00am to visit the Permafrost Tunnel and Fort Knox Gold Mine located northeast of Fairbanks.  Tour participants will be back to the Carlson Center by 5:00pm. The US Army Corps of Engineers is requiring all non-US citizens to provide a copy of their passport 30-days before the tour. 

The highlight of the Fort Knox mine tour will include a hands-on demonstration of the mine’s heavy equipment training simulator.  Guests will have seat time in the simulator driving a Caterpillar 793 haul truck on the mine’s haul routes.  Guests will visit the mine’s technically advanced communication/dispatch center.  This center manages the day-to-day operations of the mine’s haul trucks, shovels, loaders, graders, and bulldozers.  The visit will also include viewing Alaska’s highest producing open-pit gold mine and following the flow of ore from the pit to the ore processing mill with a stop at its primary gyratory crusher and the mill’s control center.  The tour will be at the mine from 9:00am to 2:00pm and will include lunch.  To view a description of the mine, go to  and click on Operations, then Fort Knox, Alaska, USA.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 

7am-7pm, transportation & lunch included, $250
Tour: Pogo Mine

Details: Convention attendees can visit the Pogo Gold Mine, located 75 miles southeast of Fairbanks. Tour registrants will board a chartered bus and leave the Carlson Center at 7:00am and will be back to the Carlson Center by 7:00pm. Travel to the mine is roughly 3 hours by bus.

When the tour reaches the mine, participants will receive an orientation and then be divided into two groups, with one group touring the mill facilities while the other goes underground. After a mine-hosted lunch, the groups will alternate, so that everyone has the opportunity to see the entire mine. 

The highlight of the Pogo tour will be the opportunity to go underground and view the deposit and operation of Alaska’s premier underground mine. The resource is 3.5 million ounces gold at a grade of 12.05 g/ton.