FXC News and Announcements

FXC Summer Programs Kick Off Soon!

FXC is pleased to announce the kick off of our summer programs for skiers age 10-80!  The pandemic brought an abrupt end to our winter group activities but recent changes to state health mandates allow us to resume group outdoor activities by taking certain precautions.

Read about the FXC program here.

Read about the FXC Masters summer program here.

The NSCF is committed to keeping athletes, their families and the greater Fairbanks community safe at all times, and especially during this unprecedented time.

To address the current challenges, FXC has decided to adjust our 2020 – 2021 programming to several four to eight week sessions.  We hope the shorter sessions will allow the club to adapt to changing state health mandates and social distancing guidelines.

FXC is taking every precaution to adhere to state health mandates, especially Alaska state mandate 16, sections I and K

For the first summer session, FXC is limiting group sizes, sticking to outdoor-only training, and maintaining required social distancing.

To read the full policy for FXC Juniors, click here

For the FXC Master policy, please click here.

NSCF Events, Classes Cancelled Due to COVID-19

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:

  1. 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 (membership@nscfairbanks.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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Despite Frigid Temps More Than 1300 Kilometers Skied at 2019 Wentz Orthodontics Ski Your Age in Kilometers

Cold temperatures and new, slow snow didn’t deter participants in the 16th annual Wentz Orthodontics Ski Your Age in Kilometers at the Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center on December 26. More than 100 skiers participated in the free event, organized by Fairbanks Cross Country (FXC), the junior race-training program of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks (NSCF).

The temperature at Birch Hill was 14F below zero at the 10 a.m. start, so organizers added the category of Ski Half Your Age to reward those who came out. Even so, 22 people skied their age led by Corrine Leistikow, who skied 61 kilometers (one more than her age) and Peter Delamere, who skied his age of 50. Esther Humphrey, 7, was the youngest participant to ski her age. Another 22 people skied half their age.

The combination of cold temperatures and a couple of inches of new snow made skiing any distance a challenge. Delamere reported that he skied faster uphill than downhill. Leistikow said she had to double-pole down hills that often make her nervous because they are too fast.

Corrine Leistikow celebrates skiing her age despite the cold temps.

Despite the conditions, skiers from a wide variety of ages participated, from Humphrey and Katy Hicks, both 7, to Ray Halderman, 72. Participants skied 1,424 kilometers. All participants took the opportunity to get outside, be active, and socialize and share food and drinks.

The support of Wentz Orthodontics and Edward Jones financial advisor Christopher Knott was greatly appreciated by FXC, as this is one of the annual fundraisers for the team.

Many thanks to the volunteers and organizers who put on this event, including Lynne and Branden Petersen, Jen Delamere, Ellen Lyons, Julie Esdale, Jennifer Humphreys, and Susan Kramer, and to participants who generously donated funds. More than $1,800 was raised during the event!

Below is a listing of all the category achievements for those who signed up and recorded the kilometers they skied.

2019 Ski Your Age in KMs

  • Total Number of Skiers: 106
  • Total Number of KMs Skied: 1424
  • Total Number of people who skied their age: 22
  • Title Sponsor: Wentz Orthodontics
  • Major Sponsor: Edward Jones, Financial Advisor Christopher Knott


Skied their age: Skied greater than or equal to their age

Full Name, Age, Distance

Esther Humphrey, 7, 7

Amelia Petersen, 8, 8

Oliver Taylor, 8, 8

Delia Humphrey, 9, 9

Ingrid Baurick, 12, 16

P.J. Bragonier, 13, 13

Elias Engman, 14, 20

Owen Merrill, 14, 14

Harrison Riggs, 16, 17

Eli Merrill, 16, 16

Kenny K, 17, 20

Ti Donaldson, 19, 19

Ari Endestad, 19, 20

Emma Jerome, 19, 19

Quinn Vinlove, 21, 21

Peter Noon, 24, 24

Erica Blake, 30, 31

Shalane Frost, 31, 31

Steve Taylor, 31, 42

Connor Cole, 34, 34

Peter Delamere, 50, 50

Corrine Leistikow, 60, 61


Skied Half Their Age (Ski greater than or equal to half of age)

Full Name, Age, Distance

Olivia Soderstrom, 12, 10

Scott Tragis, 12, 10

John Haas, 13, 7

Sonja Truffer, 14, 7

Leni Stolz, 14, 7

Ian Tragis, 14, 7

Zarah Laker-Morris, 14, 8

Hannah Delamere, 15, 8

Caleb Petersen, 15, 7.5

Jordan Laker-Morris, 17, 15

Jonathon Ebel, 18, 17

Clare Hanneman, 18, 15

Pearl Wyatt, 18, 15

Daryn Espinosa, 18, 9

Sam Delamere, 18, 10

Tjarn Bross, 18, 15

Mary Haas, 32, 22

Bruce Miller, 52, 34

Lisa Stuby, 55, 30

Tamara Rose, 56, 28

Karl Baurick, 58, 29.5

Bad Bob Baker, 61, 45


50-50 Challenge: 50 or more years old, 50 or more Km skied

Name, Age, KMs Skied, Total

Corrine Leistikow, 60, 61

Peter Delamere, 50, 50


Husband-Wife Combos

Pair, Total KMs Skied

Bruce Miller & Janna Miller, 63

Ben Turman & Christina Turman, 29.5

Ty Humphrey & Jennifer Humphrey, 27

Keith Hanneman & Carolyn Hanneman, 12


Father-Daughter Combos

Pair, Total KMs Skied

Peter Delamere & Hannah Delamere, 57

Karl Baurick & Ingrid Baurick, 45.5

Dan Bross & Tjarn Bross, 37

Ty Humphrey & Delia Humphrey, 18

Ty Humphrey & Ester Humphrey, 16

Keith Hanneman & Clare Hanneman, 21


Father-Son Combos

Pair, Total KMs Skied

Peter Delamere & Sam Delamere, 60

Steve Taylor & Oliver Taylor, 50.5

Dan Bross & Aven Bross, 32

Keith Hanneman & Andrew Hanneman, 14


Mother-Daughter Combos

Pair, Total KMs Skied

Jennifer Humphrey & Delia Humphrey, 27

Jennifer Humphrey & Ester Humphrey, 25

Peggy Haas & Abigail Haas, 24

Pam Laker & Zarah Laker-Morris, 22

Carolyn Hanneman & Clare Hanneman 21

Paula Hicks & Katy Hicks, 17

Kelly Scanlon & Ruby Scanlon, 15

Lynne Petersen & Amelia Petersen, 14

Alina Wyatt 10 & Pearl Wyatt 15, 25

Christi & Teyah E. (no last name or kilometers recorded)


Mother-Son Combos

Pair, Total KMs Skied

Kristin O’Brien & Quinn Vinlove, 42

Donna DiFolco & Eric DiFolco, 23

Pam Laker & Jordan Laker-Morris, 29

Anna Merrill & Eli Merrill, 30

Anna Merrill & Owen Merrill, 28

Maria Taylor & Oliver Taylor, 16

Peggy Haas & John Haas, 14

Carolyn Hanneman & Andrew Hanneman, 14

Heather & Wade, 14

Lynne Petersen & Caleb Petersen, 13.5


Families of 3

Family Members, Total KMs Skied

Peter Delamere, Sam Delamere, Hannah Delamere, 68

Anna Merrill, Owen Merrill, Eli Merrill, 44

Lynne Petersen, Caleb Petersen, Amelia Petersen, 21.5


Families of 4

Family Members, Total KMs Skied

Jennifer Humphrey, Ty Humphrey, Ester Humphrey, Delia Humphrey, 43

Carolyn Hanneman, Keith Hanneman, Clare Hanneman, Andrew Hanneman, 35


Make Your Own Category

Group Members, Total KMs Skied

Lit Up Stingrays (Wearing fabulous aglow holiday hats): Susan Sugai, Norma Haubenstock, Joanna Fox, 53.61

U16 Gang: Hannah Delamere, Zarah Laker-Morris, Abigail Haas, 31



New Masters Ski Program Schedule Released

The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks has released the schedule of a new masters ski program, with programming for adult skiers five days a week through March. Registration is now open.

In an effort to expand opportunities for older experienced skiers, the club has created a comprehensive schedule that includes technique classes, training sessions, and a social get-together. This new program, called FXC Masters, is a mix of new classes and classes that have been run for several years.

Classes can include ski walking if there is not enough snow for skiing. Photo by Christina Turman

The masters coaches are some of the top Nordic ski instructors in Fairbanks. Many have gone through extensive coach training programs. All have many years of experience, sometimes decades, skiing, racing, and coaching. Most classes will be held at Birch Hill Recreation Area. A few classes, as noted, will be held at West Ridge on the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) campus. The schedule is below. Some dates, such as Christmas and New Year’s eves, may not apply. More information can be found at: www.nscfairbanks.org/programs/fxc/masters/

  • John’s Grab Bag: Former US and UAF Ski Coach John Estle offers a “grab bag” class of agility, balance, and skill development drills. Starts at 5:45 p.m. October 14-December 9, January 13-February 10. Cost: $250. Only 2 spots left as of October 26.
  • Back of the Pack Training Group: Former Olympian Audun Endestad leads moderate interval workouts each week to help you improve your skiing and fitness. Held at UAF West Ridge, starting at 5 p.m. November 11 – December 9. Cost: $90 for NSCF members, $115 for nonmembers.
  • Women’s Strength Training: Former UAF Ski Coach Christina Turman guides participants in gaining ski specific strength. This class is for women only and will meet indoors in the Birch Hill FXC weight room. Starts at 5:45 p.m. November 5 – January 7. Cost: $190 for NSCF members, $210 for nonmembers.
  • Sonot Kkaazoot Training Class: Coach Kristen Rozell, a veteran of several 100-mile ski races, leads training sessions to get you ready for the 50-kilometer Sonot Kkaazoot ski marathon in March (or any ski marathons). Skiers should be at least intermediate skate-ski skill level. Starts at 5:45 p.m. January 14 – March 17. Cost: $175 for NSCF members, $200 for nonmembers.
  • Estle’s Interval Training: Coach John Estle leads a solid interval workout complete with splits. Starts at 5:45 p.m. October 16-December 18, January 15-February 12. Cost: $250. Only 2 spots left as of October 26.
  • 5-week Block Interval Training: Coach Christina Turman leads weekly interval training with a warm-up, interval set, and cool down. Held at Birch Hill and UAF West Ridge, starting at 5:30 p.m. Three sessions: November 6 – December 4, December 11 – January 15, February 5 – March 4. Cost: Each session is $90 for NSCF members, $115 for nonmembers.
  • FXC Coaches Technique Class: FXC coaches Nick Crawford, Aasne Hoveid and Tobias Albrigtsen help advanced skate and classic skiers maximize their potential with drills, exercises, and video reviews of technique. Starts at 6:30 p.m. November 7 – March 19. Cost: $300 for NSCF members, $330 for nonmembers.
  • Nordic Happy Hour!: Meet your friends and training partners for an hour or more of skiing and then return to the Old Warming Hut for bring-your-own beverages and appetizers. Listen to lighthearted presentations and share stories. Starts at 6 p.m. November 8 – February 20. Cost: Free! No need to sign up, just show up!

The NSCF continues to offer its Adult Lessons program for beginners and those with just a little experience. To find out more see: www.nscfairbanks.org/programs/adult-lessons/

For those interested in low-key social ski outings, two group offer weekly get-togethers. Ladies of Leisure (LOLs) meet at 6 p.m. on Mondays and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. Each LOL session usually has several mini-groups that ski at various speeds, from a relaxed pace to a faster tempo, depending on ability levels and group desires. SCUM (Susan’s Class of Untrainable Men) meet at 11 a.m. on Sundays. SCUM are mainly men over 50 years old. Their levels of skill and endurance vary widely, and they also break into smaller groups. Groups meet at the Old Warming Hut at Birch Hill Recreation Area.

Also, Beaver Sports offers free cross-country skiing lessons for those just learning or wanting to try out the sport. The monthly lessons start on November 18 at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays. Check their Facebook Events page.

For more information on NSCF programs contact Christina Turman (stinaturman@gmail.com).

NSCF Names Nick Crawford as New FXC Head Coach

The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks is pleased to announce the hiring of Nick Crawford as the new Fairbanks Cross Country (FXC) head coach and Director of Skier Development. FXC is the ski club’s junior racing program.

Nick comes to us with an extensive background in ski coaching and strength training. His coaching resume spans high school, club and collegiate skiing and running coaching. After spending his collegiate ski career as the team captain for Bowdoin College he started his coaching career in Fairbanks under the direction of then NSCF-FXC head coach, Pete Leonard. After two years in Fairbanks as the FXC assistant coach and the Lathrop High School head coach, Nick went on to Bogus Basin in Boise, Idaho as the head coach and program director for four years. Alaska was clearly in Nick’s blood as he found a reason to return to Fairbanks to assume the duties of the head coach for the UAF Nanooks cross country ski and running teams. In addition to his ten years of coaching experience, Nick raced at the junior and collegiate level.

Nick possesses a Master of Kinesiology from Boise State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Geology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College. He has USSA Level 100 and Level 200 coaching certifications.

This combination of competing, coaching experience at many levels, and his formal educational background give him an excellent base from which to lead the FXC program, as well as NSCF’s other skier development programs, into their next stage.

Many of you have met Nick as he worked with the FXC program as an assistant coach, his time as the Lathrop head coach or have had the opportunity to interface with him at Ski Fest or other Nanook ski related activities or the many NSCF events and activities for which he has volunteered over the years. His practical knowledge of the program will help ensure continuity as he continues to develop FXC for our athletes’ needs.

Please join us in welcoming Nick as head coach of FXC!

Results Posted for 2019 Golden Heart Trail Run

Congrats to all the participants and many thanks to all the volunteers at the 12th Annual Golden Heart Trail Run. There were 191 people who competed in 3 races (from 1k-5k). Thank to our sponsors: Metro Garage, Dr. Kate Carey, Beaver Sports, In My Element, Woolly Rhino Goldstream Sports and Trax Outdoor Center. Thanks also to Julie Esdale, Åsne Hoveid and Susan Kramer for planning this FXC fundraising event! And congrats to Coach Tobias for winning the 5k race. Results are posted at: https://www.sportalaska.us/?fbclid=IwAR3q_Bv4h1ZUZTbLFic6d–wrVxNrBolI_KqPGwxLuU25_uSfRTb92Y3Qzk

NSCF-FXC Head Coach Tutt Named Coach of the Year!

NSCF-FXC Head Coach Alasdair Tutt has been named 2019 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Domestic Coach of the Year.

Alasdair Tutt leads a warm-up session last September with the NSCF-FXC Comp Team.

Tutt will be presented with the award at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Congress 2019 on Thursday, May 16, in Park City, Utah. Tutt is also director of skier Development for the NSCF. FXC is our junior race-training program.

The award is based on an outstanding contribution, resulting in high-level performance of a coach’s athletes in domestic or international competition during the past season. Recent performances by Kendall Kramer, who has been coached by Tutt, were named in Tutt’s nomination and congratulatory letter from Tiger Shaw, president and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Among many other accomplishments, Kramer finished 4th in the 15km mass start classic in her first time at Junior World Ski Championships. Kendall will also represent the USA at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games.

Tutt has been with the NSCF since 2016. He started as an assistant coach for NSCF-FXC. He was hired last year as the Head Coach and Director of Skier Development, taking over from the legendary Pete Leonard, who grew FXC from a half-dozen members to more than 100. Tutt primarily coaches the FXC programs, but he also oversees aspects of Adult Lessons and Junior Nordics.

“Alasdair has done a tremendous job with the FXC program,” said NSCF President Chris Puchner. “He has continued the high level of excellence set by Pete Leonard, the first coach for the program. Our youth programs are extremely important, so we feel particularly fortunate to have such exemplary leaders.”

Tutt grew up in the southeast of Australia and has been cross-country skiing since age nine. He represented Australia at the 2012-2014 Junior/Under 23 World Championships while completing a degree in sports coaching and exercise science from the University of Canberra.

Congratulations, Alasdair!

Alaska Guys Beer & Brats 5K Raises Funds for NSCF-FXC

If you are a thirsty and hungry guy OR gal, you can have some fun and support the NSCF-FXC program by entering the Alaska Guys Beer & Brats 5K on Friday, May 17. 

The race starts at 6 p.m. at Trax Outdoor Center, 310 Birch Hill Road, and ends back at Trax. The course will have hills and will include the cool new bike/pedestrian path that runs along Birch Hill Road.

Race registration fees include beer by HooDoo Brewing Co. and brats and fixings by Friar Tuck’s Hoagie House. Bib pick-up will be held at HooDoo on May 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Race night bib pick-up will be held at Trax from 5 to 6 p.m. Please follow parking instruction signs when you show up for the event.

There are also great door prizes from Trax. (Runners under 21 can participate and enjoy everything other than the beer.)

Registration fees until the May 15 bib pick-up are:

  • $25 (includes beer glass, but there are only 60)
  • $20 (if you want to forgo the glass or aren’t one of the lucky 60)

Registration fees are $30 at race night bib pick-up from 5 to 6 p.m.

To register, click here: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/49917

Questions? Contact Susan Kramer at eventplanning2004 (at) hotmail.com.

The Spring Gala at Birch Hill: Dancing, Dining, And So Much More

Take off those ski boots, hang up your ski poles, and dance into the sunlight! The Annual Spring Gala is once again coming to Birch Hill.

The Gala will be held at the Birch Hill Cross-Country Ski Center on Saturday, April 27 starting at 6 p.m. Live music will be provided by the Day/Nite band, and the floor will be open for dancing. There will be a complimentary taco bar. Beer/wine will be available at the bar for a donation.

A silent auction will be held throughout the evening, and a dessert auction just adds to the fun. The silent auction has many items. Some are ski-related, but many are not. All proceeds of the event go to FXC, the junior race-training program of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks.

Tickets are $20. They can be purchased at the door, from an FXC skier, or online.

Organizers are still accepting donations for the silent auction. If you have any items or services you would like to donate for this great cause, please contact Jen Delamere (fxcski@gmail.com).

The Gala is a spring social put on by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks.  It celebrates the end of a successful season of cross-country skiing in Fairbanks and raises money for a great cause. While FXC is a race-training program, it’s about more than racing. The program’s young athletes benefit from a variety of experiences including goal setting, confidence building, and learning to live healthy lives. To make FXC available to many families, tuition rates are kept as low as possible through fundraising efforts such as the Spring Gala.

ConocoPhillips Interior Youth Festival Second Day Results Posted

The 2019 ConocoPhillips Interior Youth Festival is a wrap!

The second day of the ConocoPhillips Interior Youth Festival, held this Wednesday, featured a Freestyle Ski-Cross – predominantly downhill, turning, twisting freestyle race.

NSCF-FXC Head Coach Alasdair Tutt created a fun course with really tricky conditions. It had obstacles that required skiers to do a 180 and ski backwards, and swerving around gates and going in and out of tight circles with oncoming skiers. The biathlon with balls and bucket set up was fun and in many of the races, it wasn’t the fastest skier to the station who would go on to win the heat, but rather the most precise to get through that station.

Thanks again to everyone who participated. See results here. Photos by FXC Comp Team member, Daryn Espinosa.