We came into the Malamute world first and foremost for the companion & working side, showing was something that we were interested in, but was not as important to us.  We like to show our dogs through the summer months, when the days are too warm to be out exercising.  Showing is good for socializing young dogs, and good for catching up with friends outside the working season. 
Our dogs have had good success from a limited amount of shows.