Season 0, Episode 15

Building Off The Grid: North Pole

Builder and native Alaskan, Jeff Ward, has been building houses in remote locations all over Alaska for years. Now his son Bryce, who is also the current mayor of the North Pole, is lending a hand as they combine their talents to create an off-the-grid cabin not too far from Santa's house.
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Lunch Break

The crew fuels up and sits around the fire at a cabin three miles from Jeff's build site.

Off the Grid

Jeff's new cabin is 16 miles outside of North Pole in the heart of Alaska's Interior. There are no roads to get to the cabin, only trails.

Photo By: Photographer: Carl H Matsukado, Photographer: Carl H Matsukado


Bryce, Jeff and their friends stand outside the finished cabin. The door may be closed but it will stay unlocked, even when the cabin is not in use, because there's an unwritten law in Alaska about leaving cabin doors unlocked so that any hiker caught in a snow storm may take refuge.

Moving Materials

Since there is no road to Jeff's cabin, the crew has to haul materials via snowmobile. It's taken Jeff seven winters and 50 trips to deliver everything he needs.

How to Mail a Letter to Santa

Even if you can't visit North Pole, Alaska, you can still mail Santa a letter! Santa's address is 101 St. Nicholas Drive, North Pole, Alaska 99705.

Meet the Mayor of the North Pole

Bryce Ward, the mayor of North Pole, is helping his dad, Jeff Ward, build a cabin for Bryce's family to enjoy and watch the Northern Lights.

Reindeer Selfie

Greetings from the North Pole! Go behind the scenes of Building Off the Grid: North Pole and see what life is really like in this Christmas year-round town.

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