FXC News and Announcements

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.

Interior Youth Festival Ski-Cross/Slush Cup Happening This Wednesday at Birch Hill

We will still be holding the skicross/slush cup of the ConocoPhillips Interior Youth Festival this Wednesday! The snow holds fairly well at Birch Hill so we will at least have something to slide around on.
The course will involve gates, turns and, of course, thanks to today, slush. There will a grilled hot dogs, chips, cookies and a fun atmosphere. There is also rumor that the Nanooks ski team members may show up to show off their ski skills for the younger kids.

ConocoPhillips Interior Youth Festival First Day Results Posted

The first day of the ConocoPhillips Interior Youth Festival was a ton of fun! We had around 60 participants and great temps for an evening of family friendly competition.

The Family Fun Relay was a 3x1km event. Teams were composed of 2-5 skiers, parents/guardians and kids. The first leg was skied by the entire team, the second leg by the parents/guardians, and the final leg by the kids. Awards were given for best hand-off, best costume, and much more.

The Family Fun Relay was immediately followed the Mad-Dash 100-Meter Sprints.

Results for both are below. For PDFs see Family Fun Relay and Mad-Dash 100-Meter Sprints.


Family Fun Relay Event
Birch Hill Recreation Area
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
3x1km Relay
Leg 1: Entire Team
Leg 2: Parent(s) / Guardian(s)
Leg 3: Kid(s)
1. FXC Family; 2. Team Fischwing; 3. Team Pitka; 4. We’re the Allegoods; 5. The Hajduks; 6. Foxy Bees; 7. Hayden Slushers; 8. Twin Turbos; 9. Team Revilo; 10. Team Schneebly; 11. Wild Wild West; 12. The Pidgeons; 13. Grieks; 14. The Paulch 5; 15. Norris Racing; 16. Burning Burnetts; 17. Rad Fam

Mad-Dash 100-Meter Classic Sprint
Wednesday, March 20, 2018
Birch Hill Recreation Area
K-2nd Grade Boys
1. Nolan Hayes (ICS);
2. Hayden Beckett (Spruce Tree Montessori);
3. Oliver Taylor (Jr. Nordics/ Weller);
4. Reid Griek (Jr. Nordics);
5. Jaxon Norris;
6. Landyn Radosevich;
7. Drew Burnett (Woodriver);
K-2nd Grade Girls
1. Ellie Burnett (Woodriver);
2. Rilla Vonnahme;
3rd-4th Grade Boys
1. Skyler Jackson (U Park);
2. Will Rasic (Jr. Nordics/Watershed);
3. John Williamson (Jr. Noridcs);
4. Dalton Koch (Jr. Noridcs);
5. Sean Palchikoff;
6. Joshua Williamson (Jr. Noridcs);
7. Leo West (Pearl Creek);
3rd-4th Grade Girls
1. Lilli Bond (Jr. Nordics);
2. Elli Abrahamson;
3. Daya Allengood (Jr. Nordics);
4. Cynara Koch (Jr. Nordics);
5. Lily Hadjukovich;
5th-6th Grade Boys
1. Scott Tragis (Jr. Nordics);
2. Eli West (FXC Jr. Devo);
3. Kieren Kaufman (FXC Jr. Devo);
4. Miles Palchikoff;
5. Hadyn Radosevich;
5th-6th Grade Girls
Semifinal #1
1. Summer Jackson (U Park);
7th-8th Grade and Open Boys
Heat #1
1. Nelson Hayes (FXC Prep);
2. Elias Engman;
3. Wells Wappett (FXC Prep);
4. Bridger Koch (FXC Prep);
5. Nolan Spillane (FXC Prep);
6. Curtis Beck (FXC Prep);

1. Cirdan Vonnhame (FXC Prep);
2. Brecken Allengood (FXC Prep);
3. PJ Bragonier (FXC Prep);
4. John Haas;
5. Jack Rasic (FXC Prep);
7th-8th Grade and Open Girls
Heat #1
1. Ingrid Baurick (FXC Prep);
2. Leni Stolz (FXC Prep);
3. Sonja Truffer;

Heat #2
1. Zarah Laker/Morris (FXC Prep);
2. Olivia Soderstrom (FXC Prep);
3. Julia Palchikoff;

ConocoPhillips Interior Youth Festival


Please join us for the Interior Youth Festival celebrating spring skiing and Interior families. The Interior Youth Festival is a long-running cross country ski tradition comprised of two-weeknight family fun events on March 20th & 27th at Birch Hill Recreation Center and Ski Trails. The Interior Youth Festival is free and open to all ages.


Wednesday, March 20
100 meter Sprints – mad dash sprints; all skiers ski heats & finals
**NEW THIS YEAR Family relay – 3x <1K relay for the whole family! Immediately following the mad-dash sprints. Full team skis the first leg but kids must not pass their parents; parents or guardian skis the second leg; and kids ski the final. Fun hats and easy obstacles to keep everyone laughing. Prizes based on costumes, age differences, best hand off, etc.

Wednesday, March 27
Freestyle Ski-Cross – predominantly downhill, turning, twisting freestyle race; elimination heats and finals.

Bib Pick Up 5:00 pm both nights | All Races start at 5:30

Food, Refreshments and Door Prizes for Participants!



Tutt Hired as New FXC Head Coach!

NSCF is pleased to announce the hiring of Alasdair Tutt as the new FXC head coach.

Alasdair comes to us with an extensive background in ski coaching and strength training. His coaching resume includes regional and national team positions in Australia, with the Steamboat Springs (Colorado) Winter Sports Club as well as spending the past two years with NSCF-FXC. In addition to his coaching experience, Alasdair has more than five years of international racing including representing Australia at the Junior and U23 World Championships.

Alasdair possesses a Bachelor of Sports Coaching and Exercise Science and is currently working on a Masters of Sports Science – Performance Optimization for Elite Sports. He has USSA Level 100 and Level 200 coaching certifications.

This combination of competing internationally, coaching experience at many levels, and his formal educational background give him an excellent base from which to lead the FXC program into its next stage as Head Coach and Program Director.

Many of you have met Alasdair as he worked with the FXC program as an assistant coach over the past two years. His practical knowledge of the program will help ensure continuity as he continues to develop FXC for our athletes’ needs. To that end one of his first tasks, in conjunction with the Skier Development Oversight Committee, will be to hire an assistant coach to work with this coming ski season. Alasdair has already been hard at work on this task.

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


Steven Hansen
NSCF Board President