The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks is pleased to announce the fourth and final race in the 26th Annual KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series, the Goldstream Sports Ski-Cross, will be held Saturday, January 29, at 11:00am at the Jim Whisenhant Ski Trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area. The KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series provides a competitive forum for skiers of all ages beginning with pre-schoolers. Over 150 entries are anticipated.
Racing begins at 11:00am in free technique with all classes racing in ski-cross format. Distances will be: 1000m for high school and adult skiers, 800m for Grade 7-8, 600m for Grade 5-6, 600m for Grades 3-4 and 300m for Grades K-1-2. This race will serve as a Region VI high school competition, with skiers from Lathrop HS, West Valley HS, and Hutchison HS competing in both boys’ and girls’ classes. The competition will start with the older skiers on the longer courses, then move through progressively shorter distances for the younger classes. The last group to start will be the K-1-2 skiers, tentatively around 1:30PM-2PM. Watch nscfairbanks.org on Friday for complete information.
Entry is free for all students from Kindergarten through high school. School students who are part of a school or club team or program should be entered through their school club or team. All school-aged skiers must be entered in each race in the series during the week leading up to the race. Individual students who are not part of a program, and adults, can enter online at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/64394.
The entry fee for adults is $10 for members of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, and $15 for non-members. Race entries close at 5:00pm Wednesday, January 26. There will be no late entries or race day entries.
All elementary finishers receive a ribbon recognizing their achievement. Elementary, junior high, and high school-aged competitors who have finished three or more of the races in the series will receive a free, commemorative t-shirt after the conclusion of the series.
For further information on the KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series call the NSCF race program at 347-1061, or contact them via e-mail at email@example.com. Any public or private school ski programs, or home school families in the area who would like to participate but who have not received materials should contact John Estle at 347-1061, and request that materials be sent to them.
KINROSS Fort Knox is in their eighth season as the series sponsor. Goldstream Sports a new sponsor this season, is the presenting sponsor for this event. Fairbanks Youth Sports (a twenty-five year partner) and Wedgewood Resort(second year with the Town Series) sponsor other events in the series. The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks also receives support from Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.
Today was a perfect day for a ski race! The first Nordic Ski Club race of the season with temperatures above zero was the third race in the KINROSS/Fort Knox Town Race Series, the Wedgewood Resort Classic.
Elementary skiers raced in mass-start format over 1Km (K-1-2 boys and girls), 1.5Km (grade 3-4 boys and girls) and 2Km (grade 5-6 boys and girls). You can see results for the elementary mass start race here: https://zone4.ca/race/2022-01-22/0281b0a2/results/
After the elementary races were finished, the grade 7-8, high school and adult races began on a 2.5Km loop. The grade 7-8 skiers raced 1 lap, the high school and adult women 3 laps (7.5Km) and the high school and adult men raced 4 laps (10Km).
Overall results for each distance can be found at:
Class results for the interval start race can be found at:
Lap times are available on these Zone4 online results. When you click on the link, on the right side of the results header for each class or distance, you will see a small box with a downward-pointing arrow labeled “Time(s).” Click on that box, and in the dropdown menu, select “All Times” and all the lap times (ranked!) will be visible.
The race today was timed with the Nordic Ski Club’s new Zone4 chip-timing system. This was the first race that we have timed with the system, so it was a bit stressful, but we learned a lot and we have results that we know are correct. We will be learning the system through much of the rest of the season, and by the time the ASAA High School Cross Country Ski State Championships come around (February 24-25-26) we will have everything dialed in.
Special kudos to our highly competent Chief of Timing, Anna Sorensen, and to our “special consultant”, Étienne Richard of Zone4 Timing who was on the phone from their World HQ in Canmore, Alberta, helping us whenever we had a question. He provided excellent customer service.
Special thanks also to all the many Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks volunteers, some of whom were volunteering for “new” jobs that have been created to meet the needs of our chip-timing system, like chip rippers, chip attachers, and chip pullers. Without our loyal, and highly-skilled volunteer crew there would be NO RACES! So, skiers, coaches and parents, be sure to thank volunteers!
For future events, we plan to have live timing available during the races (with lap times in multi-lap races). We will post the URLs for the live results on the appropriate race page at nscfairbanks.org.
The final race in the 2021-22 KINROSS/Fort Knox Town Race Series, the Goldstream Sports Ski Cross will take place on Saturday, January 29. Ski-Cross is a free technique (skating) event that includes bumps, jumps, gates, twists and turns, etc., and tests how well a skier can cope with such challenges.
Other coming races
Tuesday, February 1 – Nanook Invitational – Wave Start/Classic 5PM
Wednesday, February 2 – Nanook Invitational – Pursuit Start/Free Technique, 2PM
Saturday, February 5 – Besh Cup #5 – Interval Start/Free Technique 11AM
Sunday, February 6 – Besh Cup #6 – Mass Start/Classic Technique 11AM
The races on February 1-2-5-6 are Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association qualifying races. In addition to the the UAF Nanooks, the host team, there will be teams from UA Anchorage, University of Utah, University of Colorado, Denver University and Montana State University. The races on February 2, 5 and 6 are International Ski Federation calendar events.
These races will have a VERY HIGH level of competition, so you should try to come out and watch the races and support the Nanooks as they pursue qualifying for the NCAA Championships which will take place in March in Soldier Hollow, Utah, site of the 2002 Olympic cross country skiing events.
KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series’ Wedgewood Classic this Weekend
11am, Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Jim Whisenhant Ski Trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area.
Elementary races will be held in mass start format; middle school and high school/adult races will be held in interval start format.
All races are in classic technique. The competition is as follows:
Kindergarten-1st grade-2nd grade classes-1.2km
3rd and 4th grade classes- 1.6km
5th and 6th grade classes- 2km
Middle school skiers- 2.5km
Women- 7.5Km (3 x 2.5Km)
High school & adult men- 10Km (4 x 2.5Km)
Entry is free for all students from kindergarten through high school*
The entry fee for adults is $10 for members of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, and $15 for non-members**
*School students who are part of a school or club team or program should be entered through their school club or team. All school-aged skiers must be entered in each race in the series during the week leading up to the race. Any public or private school ski programs, or home school families in the area who would like to participate but who have not received materials should contact John Estle at 347-1061.
**Individual students who are not part of a program, and adults, can enter online at https://register.chronotrack.
Race entries close at 4:00pm, Wed, Jan. 19. There will be no late entries or race day entries.
All elementary finishers receive a ribbon recognizing their achievement. Elementary, middle school and high school-aged competitors who finish three or more of the races in the series will receive a free, commemorative t-shirt at the conclusion of the series. For more information on the KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series contact the NSCF Race Program Director via e-mail at competitionevents@
Have you wanted to ski the Sonot Kkaazoot but felt that you weren’t quite ready?
Kristen Rozell’s Sonot Kkaazoot training course will familiarize you with all the trails used in the Sonot Kkaazoot and provide you with valuable pacing and technique insights. Confidence is key to a successful Sonot Kkaazoot, and Kristen’s class that meets weekly from January 18 to March 22 will provide skiers with the skills and practice needed.
Classes are held 5:45pm – 7:15pm on Tuesdays beginning January 18 to March 22. All classes will take place at Birch Hill Recreation Area. Cost for the class is $175*.
To register for the class and find out more please click here
*You must be an active member of the NSCF to participate in this class. To join the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks please click here.
Registration is open for the first event in the Frank Soos Memorial Distance Series, the Gundeloppet, which takes place Saturday at Birch Hill, beginning at 11AM.
All registration is online at: https://register.chronotrack.c
Early registration is open through Thursday. The entry fee for NSCF members is $15, and for non-members, it’s $20. After Thursday night, fees increases by $5.
The race distance is 15Km, using much of the same course used for the 1984 FIS Men’s World Cup race which was won by Gunde Svan of Sweden. There is a 7.5Km race available for those interested in a shorter distance. The 7.5Km course starts and finishes on the same path as the 15Km, but takes the Zoomer Cutoff on White Bear. The race is a mass start, classic technique event.
Course maps and other race information can be found at:
This is the first of three races in the series, which has been named after Frank Soos, who died this past August in a cycling accident. Frank was a regular participant in the Distance Series for many years, as well as being a regular on the NSCF race crew as a timer.
The 2nd race is a 20Km event (with a 10Km option) on January 15. That will be a free technique event in mass start format.
The final race in the series is a 30Km, mass start classic technique event on Sunday, February 20.
26th Year of Nordic SKi Club’s KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series This Saturday is Fairbanks Youth Sports Season Opener
The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks is pleased to announce that the Twenty-sixth Annual KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series will get underway with the free technique Fairbanks Youth Sports Season Opener, Saturday,
November 20, at 11:00am on the Jim Whisenhant Ski Trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area. The races start and finish in the Birch Hill Ski Stadium. The KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series provides a competitive forum for
skiers of all ages beginning with pre-schoolers.
Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks President Chris Puchner said, “For twenty-six years in a row the tremendous support of our local business community has made it possible for young people to race for free in this series. Our club would like to thank KINROSS Fort Knox, the title sponsor of this series, for helping the Nordic Ski Club to create fun options to get kids active and outdoors during the winter. Our event presenters, Fairbanks Youth Sports and Wedgwood Resort continue to come back year after year to make this series possible.”
All elementary finishers receive a ribbon recognizing their achievement in each race. Elementary, junior high, and high school-aged competitors who finish 3 or more of the races in the series will receive a free, commemorative t-shirt at the conclusion of the series.
The goal of the series is to provide a high quality race experience in a low-pressure atmosphere. More than 90 Town Series races have been held over the past twenty-three seasons. NSCF Competition Events Program Director John Estle said, “This is a race series for everyone from little kids just starting to ski to senior citizens who still like to get out for some exercise and put a number on. For some skiers these races lay the foundation of experience for great results in Junior Nationals, National Championships or even the Olympics; for others they are simply a great opportunity for a healthy outdoor activity in winter. Whatever a skier’s goals in racing, the KINROSS Fort Knox Town Series offers a great forum for achieving them.”
Racing begins at 11:00am with competition in the Kindergarten-1st grade-2nd grade class (.5km; girls at 11:00, boys at 11:05), followed by 3rd and 4th grade class (1km; girls at 11:15, boys at 11:20), 5th and 6th grade class
(1.5km; girls 11:30, boys 11:35) and the 7th and 8th graders (2.5km; girls 11:45, boys 11:50). High School Junior Varsity skiers will have the option of racing in the 2.5Km event with the 7th and 8th graders. Each of these age classes will have separate mass starts, one for boys and one for girls. Over 300 entries are anticipated.
The high school and adult events will also be held in mass-start format, 5Km for women at 12:15 and 7.5Km for men at 12:45. All races will be held in free technique.
The first race in the series has become a major early-season event for high school teams from around the state. It is anticipated that participants will include skiers from local schools Lathrop HS and West Valley HS as well as visiting teams from the Mat-Su Valley.
Entry is free for all school students from Kindergarten through high school. School students who are part of a club or team should be entered through that school club or team. The entry fee for adults is $10 for members of
the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, and $15 for non-members. Online registration closes at noon on Thursday, November 18th. There will be no race day entries.
Individual entry for non-students and adults, or individual students who are not entered through their schools will be online only – no paper forms to deal with. To enter online, go to to:
More race details are available at:
For further information on the KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series call the NSCF race program at 347-1061, or contact them via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or look on the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks website: www.nscfairbanks.org. Any public or private school ski programs, or home school families in the area who would like to participate but who have not received materials should contact the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks at the number above and request that materials be sent to them.
The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks is a 1000-member non-profit organization that provides and pays for all Birch Hill trail maintenance and grooming equipment, labor and services, offers instruction for youth and adults,
recreational tours, as well as educational programs and clinics. The Nordic Ski Club raises money for trail improvements, maintenance and grooming through private donations to its trail fund. The Nordic Ski Club jointly manages Birch Hill Recreation Area in cooperation with the Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation Department.
KINROSS Fort Knox is in their eighth season as the title sponsor of the Town Race Series. Fairbanks Youth Sports, twenty-five years with the series, is the presenting sponsor for this event and the second race in the series. The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks also receives support from Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.
The remaining races are:
Saturday, December 4, 2021 – Fairbanks Youth Sports Sprint-Fest – Sprint/Classic Technique — short (300m-700m) sprints for Grades K-1-2, Grade 3-4, Grade 5-6, and Grade 7-8; 900m and 1.1km for HS and Adult classes
Saturday, January 22, 2022 – January Classic – All events in Classic Technique; elementary and middle-school skiers will race in mass-start format: 1Km for Grades K-1-2, 1.5Km for Grades 3-4, 2Km for Grade 5-6, 2.5Km
for Grade 7-8; HS and Adult Classes will race in interval start format: 7.5Km for women and 10Km for men
Saturday, January 29, 2022 – Ski-Cross in Free Technique for all classes; Distances: 200-300m for Grades K-1-2, 250-400m for Grades 3-4, 350-600m for Grade 5-6, 400-600m for Grade 7-8; 500-800m for men’s and women’s HS and Adult classes
The Skiathon was a great success despite the pandemic!
Even though it was a self-service race/tour, 76 people participated. Of those, 49 were male and 27 were female. We even had a participant in the nostalgic “Wood Ski” division!
The Skiathon celebrates and supports the University of Alaska Fairbanks trail system. This year’s race/tour was held over the weekend of March 6-7. The course was marked, and participants could choose whenever to do it over the weekend.
See the link below for results. For questions or corrections contact Stan Justice: stanjustice (at) acsalaska.net; 479-5017 home; 712-4035 cell.
We’re still holding the 34th Annual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot! But like most races this pandemic-year, it’s in a different kind of format.
And if there’s a wrench to be thrown in the works, might as well throw in two! Work on dismantling the Wendell Street Bridge makes the traditional river route unfeasible. So, this year’s Sonot will be all Birch Hill all the time. And by all the time we mean from Saturday, March 13, and through Sunday, March 28.
Confused? Here’s the details.
- We have three courses outlined for you of 10, 30, and 50 kilometers. (A link to a map is at the bottom of each course description.)
- You can race any or all of the courses starting Saturday, March 13.
- You have until Sunday, March 28, to finish your races.
- On “Sonot Kkaazoot Weekend” – Friday, March 26, through Sunday, March 28 – Sonot Kkaazoot kilometers markers will be put on the courses to help you navigate.
- If you ski all the courses you’ll have skied 90 kilometers, which is the same distance as Sweden’s Vasaloppet!
- Keep track of your time. Submit it along with a brief description of your experience, GPS traces, and/or photos to email@example.com. And remember to tell us whether you did it skate, classic, or skiathlon-style (skate and classic in same race).
- You have until Wednesday night, March 31, to enter your time.
- There is NO formal registration or entry fees. Participants are highly encouraged to make a donation to the Birch Hill Trail Fund at: https://tinyurl.com/y93x7b3n (You can also leave cash or checks in the iron ranger at Birch Hill Recreation Area)
- If you are on Facebook, leave a selfie or other pictures along with your comments at: https://www.facebook.com/events/5486832784675110/ (Note: The FB “event” doesn’t start until March 15 due to FB restrictions.)
- Swag! Everyone who sends in their time will get a 34th Annual Denali State Bank Virtual Sonot Kkaazoot facemask!
- Have fun!
For more information, including course descriptions and maps, see: https://sonotkkaazoot.org/
Come join the Skiathon this weekend, March 6-7, and help the University of Alaska Fairbanks trail system.
As with most events during the pandemic, the Skiathon will be self-service. The course will be marked late Friday/early Saturday. Skiers can do the course anytime Saturday or Sunday. Skiers can start and finish at any point on the loop.
The course will be a bit different this year. It will be a single continuous loop covering most of the ski trails at UAF. You can view the map online at: https://tinyurl.com/y9wd8ces
This is a fundraiser for the UAF trail system. Budgets are really tight at the university, so your participation in the race will help.
Outdoor Adventures set up online registration: https://tinyurl.com/y9vl89fn (You have to set up an account with OA, 8-digit password, caps, lower case, number, symbol). Once you set up your account, you will get an email with a link to “activate” your account. Remember to do that last step.
If you have difficulties registering for the Skiathon through the Outdoor Adventures online site, there are some registration alternatives. Please note that if you choose the mail-in route, Stan will be accepting late registrations.
Fill out the registration form and waiver (see below). Mail it with $15 to:
1750 Reed Circle
Fairbanks AK 99709
Pay the $15 to UA Foundation
Send the registration and waiver forms to:
1750 Reed Circle
Fairbanks AK 99709
When you finish, send your time to firstname.lastname@example.org. Official Skiathon patches will be mailed out to all finishers.
The COVID pandemic is still with us, so please keep at least 6 feet apart, wear a mask if proper distance cannot be maintained, avoid using ski hut, and if you must use ski hut, wear a mask.
For questions and more information contact Stan Justice (email@example.com; 479-5017 home; 712-4035 cell).
The third Distance Race of the season, the Raven Romp, is set for the weekend of February 20-21 and once again you have lots of choices because this will be a virtual race! There’s even a short distance for kids!
Racers can choose classic or skate, whether to go 10 kilometers or 30, and when to do their race over the weekend. The 10Km is a one lap race. The 30Km race is three laps of the White Bear Trail, so three times up Heartrate Hill! This year we are also offering a 5Km for younger skiers, up to age 18.
The race will start and finish in the Birch Hill Ski Stadium. You may race any time between 9AM Saturday, February 20, and 6PM Sunday, February 21. Courses will be marked Friday night with colored arrows. Grooming will be standard grooming with a skate lane and one track along the side of the trail. There will be no setup in the stadium – no V-board or fencing.
All registration for this event is online, with payment by credit card. There is no hard copy registration. Registration is open through Sunday evening. For more information on registration, racecourses, and results, see: www.nscfairbanks.org/programs/races/distance-series/distance-series-3/
And if you like skiing at Birch Hill’s wonderfully groomed trails, please consider a trails donation at: https://nordicskicluboffairbanks.wildapricot.org/Donate/
Good luck racing!