FXC News and Announcements

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

Registration Info, Start Times, Course Maps for the Golden Heart Trail Run!

Registration is now open for the 11th Annual Golden Heart Trail Run at SportAlaska.  Race day is Saturday, August 18 at Birch Hill.  The race is sponsored by Dr. Kate Carey, Tanana Valley Clinic, OMM. Net proceeds from the race support the NSCF’s youth racing and training programs.  If you have questions about the event, contact Susan Kramer at eventplanning2004@hotmail.com or 907-590-5086.

Entry Fees

  • $15 for runners ages 14 and under
  • $20 for 15 and older until August 15th
  • $25 for 15 and older August 16th and 17th
  • $30 for 15 and older August 18th (RACE DAY)

Start Times:

  • 10:00AM – 1Km for runners ages seven and younger
  • 10:20AM – 2.5Km for runners ages 8-14
  • 10:45AM – 5Km race (two laps of a 2.5Km) for runners 15 and older starts at .r

Course Maps:


  • * TOP (2) Male and Female Finishers (5K) – donated by Beaver Sports
  • * Random Door Prizes – Donated by Woolly Rhino, Goldstream Sports, and In My Element
  • * Ice Cream after the race – Donated by Trax Outdoor Center
  • Awards for the Top 3 in each age group (Ribbons) after all races are completed, as well as the RANDOM DOOR PRIZES @ that time.

FXC Head Coach and Director of Skier Development Job Opening

Job Opening – Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks

The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks (NSCF) is looking for an energetic and enthusiastic individual to lead its junior racing and training program, Fairbanks Cross Country (FXC) as Head Coach.  This person would also serve as the Director of Skier Development, overseeing FXC and the club’s other instructional programs.

Salary starts at approximately $45,000, plus reimbursements for retirement and health care costs, depending upon experience.  The Head Coach/Director of Skier Development reports directly to the Skier Development Oversight Committee, which committee reports to the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks Board of Directors.

Ideally, the candidate who is selected would arrive in Fairbanks to start leading the program by late summer.  NSCF/FXC will assist with travel and/or moving costs.

Interested parties should send letters of interest and resumés to administrator@nscfairbanks.org.  The position will remain open until filled.  A selection committee from the NSCF will conduct interviews via telephone with qualified candidates.

Information about the program, the club and the community:

FXC has been in existence for 12 years, growing in that time from a program with less than a dozen skiers to a program with 100 or more skiers involved in seasonal and year-round programs at the Competition, Prep, and Junior Development levels, as well as a modest Masters program.  Besides the head coach there is one year-round assistant coach as well as part-time coaches.  The club’s other instructional programs include the Junior Nordic program for skiers up to middle-school age, and an Adult Lessons program.

Fairbanks is blessed with one of the longest ski seasons in the nation on natural snow – from late October to late April – at an elevation of under 1000’ above sea level.  The home venue for the program is Birch Hill Recreation Area, known around the US for its outstanding trail network and world class facilities.

FXC has dedicated space in buildings at Birch Hill.  FXC also owns a 2016 passenger van and trailer for hauling gear.  FXC skiers participate in a full schedule of local races, as well as JNQ races elsewhere in Alaska.  Top skiers in the program participate in US National Championships.  FXC coaches are part of the coaching staff on the Alaska Junior National Team.

The 50-year-old Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks has approximately 1000 members and is in sound financial condition.  It has provided strong support for cross country skiing in general and for FXC in particular since its inception in 2006.  Fairbanks also has a strong tradition of high school cross country skiing.

There are exceptional opportunities for a wide variety of exciting outdoor recreational opportunities in and nearby Fairbanks. Fairbanks has a full array of dining, entertainment, lodging and shopping options and is the home of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which has a cross country ski team.  Fairbanks has excellent connections by passenger jet to major airports throughout the US.  The population of the Fairbanks North Star Borough is approximately 100,000.

CLICK HERE to see the job descriptions for the FXC Head Coach / Director of Skier Development positions.

Alaska Guys Beer & Brats 5Km – an FXC Fundraiser – Coming May 18

Don’t miss out on being a part of the inaugural running of this men’s-only 5Km race hosted by Trax Outdoor Center with proceeds benefiting Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks – FXC.

The race starts May 18 at 6PM at Trax Outdoor Center, 314 Birch Hill Road. Registration is only $25 until May 16 at Bib Pick Up (5:30PM to 8:00PM at Trax) and will be $30 thereafter. Race night bib pickup is at Trax from 4:30PM to 5:30PM.

Registration fee includes beer tasting (HooDoo beer), brats and fixings prepared by Friar Tucks.  The first 100 guys to register get to take home a beer tasting glass.  There are also great door prizes from Hoo Doo & Trax. (Runners under 21 can participate and enjoy everything other than the beer tasting.)

Register today at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/39578

The race starts and finishes at Trax. The course goes up the Birch Hill bike path and into nearby neighborhoods and returns. There are hills! Parking is limited, so please follow parking instruction signs.

Questions? Contact Susan Kramer at eventplanning2004@hotmail.com.

Note: While NSCF-FXC is most definitely NOT a guys-only program, this particular fundraiser is a guys-only event. The Alaska Guys Beer & Brats is related to the Alaska Girls Walk & Wine, a different fundraiser held on May 17.

Enter the Alaska Guys Beer & Brats 5Km on May 18

If you are a thirsty and hungry guy, you can have some fun and support the NSCF’s FXC program by entering the Alaska Guys Beer & Brats 5Km at 6PM on May 18. CLICK HERE to enter online.

The race starts and finishes at Trax Outdoor Center, 314 Birch Hill Road. The course goes up the Birch Hill bike path and into nearby neighborhoods and returns. There are hills! Parking is limited, so please follow parking instruction signs.

The race entry fee is $25 through May 16th, and $30 thereafter.  Early bib pickup is Wednesday, May 16th from 5:30PM to 8:00PM at Trax Outdoor Center, 314 Birch Hill Road. Race night bib pickup is at Trax Outdoor Center from 4:30PM to 5:30PM

Ths race starts at 6:00PM, with the beer tasting immediately following.

Note: While NSCF-FXC is most definitely NOT a guys-only program, this particular fundraiser is a guys-only event. The Alaska Guys Beer & Brats is related to the Alaska Girls Walk & Wine, a different fundraiser held on May 17.

ConcocoPhillips Winter Carnival this Sunday at Birch Hill

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Kids of all ages & abilities welcome. Fun games – many with an Olympic theme- and a scavenger hunt to follow!

Join us for the ConocoPhillips Winter Carnival this Sunday at Birch Hill. This long-standing Fairbanks tradition is put on by the young athletes of the Fairbanks Cross Country Ski team. Join these athletes as we kick off the Winter Olympics, play games and join in on a scavenger hunt. The games kick off at 2pm!  Don’t miss out on this fun, family-friendly ski event!

For skiers not currently enrolled in Fairbanks Junior Nordics, please be there at 1:45 to sign a release waiver before heading out on the trails. Questions? Contact FXC Head Coach Pete Leonard at pete@peterleonard.net.

Ski Your Age Happens Tuesday!

The Wentz Orthodontics Ski Your Age in Kilometers happens this coming Tuesday (December 26)!

Ski Your Age is a low-key event that encourages people to ski their age—or some portion of their age—in kilometers, to share a potluck meal, and to socialize with others. It is a great way to work off holiday calories and share the leftovers!

Skiers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Show up when you can, and head out to ski wherever strikes your fancy at Birch Hill.
Donations accepted. All proceeds benefit FXC (Fairbanks Cross Country), the junior race-training program of NSCF.

Thanks so much to our sponsors Wentz Orthodontics and Edward Jones Investments (Christopher Knott).

For more information see the Facebook event page or the Ski Your Age page here.