Dear NSCF Members and Event Participants,
With the confirmation of COVID-19 in Alaska, prevention of further spread is paramount. In an effort to do everything we can to help keep our community safe and help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the NSCF board and staff have decided to cancel the Spring session of Junior Nordics, the Interior Youth Festival, the 2020 Ski for Women, the Sonot Kkaazoot, and all other club-related activities and practices through March 31.
We thank you for your continued patience as we navigate the uncharted territory of the COVID-19 outbreak. We had hoped that the spread of the virus might abate, but clearly it has not. The World Health Organization has officially characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. Gov. Dunleavy has declared a public health emergency and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and University of Alaska have cancelled classes next week.
Please know we did not make this decision lightly. NSCF Staff, volunteers and community sponsors, worked diligently to put together these programs. We know that many of you were looking forward to these events. But, in the end, the health of our members, patrons, staff, and volunteers, as well as our obligation to public health more generally, has to take precedence.
What you need to know:
- The Junior Nordics Spring Session, Interior Youth Festival and Ski for Women are cancelled and will not be rescheduled for the 2019-2020 season. The cancellation of these events comes with financial repercussions for our organization. To help us mitigate the costs, we ask those of you who are financially able to donate your registration fee to the NSCF trail fund, which, unless we hear from you, will happen automatically. If that’s not possible, we will of course refund the fee. To request a refund, please email Rebecca Heaton (firstname.lastname@example.org) before March 25. Given the small staff at NSCF, we ask for your patience as we address refunds and notifications. We will work as quickly as we can to address any issues that arise.
- The Sonot Kkaazoot is cancelled; entry fees will not be refunded, but will be used to defray the sunk costs of the race (grooming to date, bibs, awards, honoraria for the schools responsible for the aid stations, etc.). Race Director Bob Baker is working on a virtual Sonot; if Ft. Wainwright consents and the river remains safe so that Bob can continue to groom, the virtual Sonot will include the original courses. You can anticipate updates from Bob as he works out the plan.
- While FXC practices will not be held, coaches will provide tailored training plans for the FXC athletes for the remainder of the season and work with them remotely on the execution and modification of the plans as needed.
We greatly appreciate your understanding while we work to make these cancellations as smooth as possible for NSCF members and participants.
While we feel it necessary to cancel our events, we encourage you to get outside anyway. There is no reason why you can’t enjoy the best skiing of the year on some of the best trails in the country. So, wash your hands, then get outside and share a selfie on social media to encourage other healthy individuals to get outside and ski!
Thank you again for your support and patience.
The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks Board and Staff
The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks is excited to expand its Masters training programs!
October can a tricky month to train. Too much ice or snow make it hard to bike and too little snow makes it difficult to ski. Stay motivated and gain fitness during the shoulder season with ski imitation workouts. This October we will offer a dryland training group with Christina Turman.
Turman will teach proper ski walking, moose hoof, and bounding techniques and lead you through an interval workout each week. Locations will vary week to week. The group can accommodate different fitness levels but participants should have a base line fitness of being able to jog 20 minutes continuously. No prior experiences with ski walking or bounding needed! Space is limited to just 20 so register today! To register click here
Tuesdays, Jan. 15th – March 19th
6:00pm to 7:30pm, Birch Hill
Each session will begin with drills that focus on skiing technique with some video analysis. The remainder of the class will be an interval workout where pacing and skiing efficiency will be emphasized. Skiers should be at least intermediate skate-ski skill level (familiarity with most skate techniques and when to use them). Training will be focused for the 50k Sonot, but anyone interested in an introductory training program is welcome to attend.
NSCF Member Rate: $175
Non-Member Rate: $200
To join the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks please visit our Membership page.
Give the gift of good health in 2018.
Register today for The Sonot Kkaazoot, the Nordic Ski Club’s biggest event of the season!
Click here to register.
Need help training?
Sign up for Coach Kristen Rozell’s 10th Annual Sonot Training Class
The Sonot training class will take place Tuesdays, January 16 through March 20. Classes will meet 6:00 to 7:30pm at the Jim Wisenhant Ski Trails at Birch Hill.
Each session will begin with drills that focus on skiing technique with some video analysis.
The remainder of the class will be an interval workout where pacing and skiing efficiency
will be emphasized. Skiers should be at least intermediate skate-ski skill level (familiarity with most skate techniques and when to use them). Training will be focused for the 50k Sonot, but anyone interested in an introductory training program is welcome to attend.
Questions? please contact Kristen Rozell at email@example.com
Visit http://sonotkkaazoot.org for detailed race information.
The current temperature at UAF is -12.9F. Tonight’s Junior Nordics and Adult lessons at UAF are cancelled due to the cold weather. Monday night lessons will resume as usual next week at UAF on Nov. 27th. If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Heaton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sally Endestad at email@example.com.
The Nordic Ski Club will host a free wax clinic for parents and new skiers on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 3pm (immediately following the first Sunday Junior Nordics lesson). The demonstration will take place in the training room on the first floor of the Birch Hill Ski center (the big red building). All are welcome to attend!
Do something today that your future self will thank you for...Grab a friend and register for an adult classic or skate ski lesson today. Adult lessons are a great way to kick start the ski season- whether it’s your first time on skis or you’re just looking to enhance your skill set. For more information on Session I registration click here.