40 Below Fairbanks began in 2007 in response to a common question asked to Jesse Warwick while attending Arizona State University as a student in the Chemical Engineering department, “What are your winter’s like?”
“I was born and raised in Fairbanks. Attended Denali Elementary, Ryan Middle, Lathrop High. I went to college at Arizona State University to get a degree in Chemical Engineering. People in Arizona were fascinated by my description of winters in Fairbanks. I noticed that despite what I would tell them they still couldn’t conceive what -40°F and colder feels like. They would be amazed about stories of water evaporating, the effects on automobiles, and temperature inversions. So I decided to set up a store that would allow people to experience it for themselves so they didn’t have to visit in the winter.”
The cold cabin was built in Pioneer in the spring and after much work, it was chilled down to a crisp 40 below by Memorial Day.
Jesse Warwick is a third generation Alaska who thoroughly enjoys the winters equally as much as the gorgeous summers of Alaska.