There are a lot of moving parts to NSCF, and it only happens through the generous support of the Fairbanks community, both with the gift of time and of money. Please consider getting involved in one or more of the ways described in the tabbed sections below. Thank you for your support!
There are a number of ways that you can support NSCF and its programs financially.
Birch Hill Trail Fund
It takes a lot of money (and blood, sweat, and tears!) to maintain the world-class ski trails at Birch Hill and groom them as long as possible during the winter. Everyone who uses the trails any time of the year should consider donating at least annually to the Birch Hill Trail Fund. See all the lovely people who have already donated on the Trail Fund Donors page. Thank you!
Membership is a relatively small but very significant way to support NSCF. There is strength in numbers, and plenty of benefits to membership. Check out the Membership page for all the details, and to join or renew today!
Our club is nothing without its members and volunteers. To be brutally honest, we couldn’t provide all that we offer without our wonderful volunteers. We need help with everything from races to helping kids learn to ski to putting on events. Please see the list below for some of the many volunteer opportunities our club has to offer.
If you’d like to help out, please visit our Volunteer Survey to send us your contact information and what you’re interested in.
Races: It takes a lot of people to put on a race, and we have a lot of races! We need both experienced volunteers as well as those who are brand new to ski racing and even skiing. To help out, either contact the race director for a specific event (you can find who that is on each race’s page here) or our Competitions director (see the About page for contact information).
Junior Nordics coaches: Help kids from 5-14 years old learn to love skiing! Junior Nordic sessions last one hour and are held on Tuesday and Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons. Help one, two or three days a week. Or offer to be a substitute. Junior Nordic discounts are offered for coaches who have kids in the program. Please contact our Junior Nordics coordinator.
Biathlon: Do you have experience with biathlon? Our biathlon program would love your help. Please contact our Biathlon coordinator.
Touring: Do you know one or more of the skiing trails around town? Want to show them off to other cross-country ski enthusiasts? If so, please offer to lead a tour. You choose the place and time. Contact our Touring Program coordinator.
Trail maintenance: During the summer and fall our trails need some TLC so that they are ready for ski season. Work mainly involves brushing, raking, and helping haul away downed trees. Contact the trails and grooming coordinator to help out (see the club Contact information).
Ski Your Age: This 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. Held the day after or the Saturday after Christmas (depending on what day Christmas falls that year).
Ski for Women: Ski for Women is a spring social ski and potluck luncheon, to benefit the womens shelter in Fairbanks. It is usually held on a Sunday in early April, and includes door prizes and a silent auction. Costumes are encouraged! Skiing distances up to 5 kilometers. To help contact the Ladies of Leisure.
Spring Gala: The big season-ending social event for people interested in Nordic skiing and other winter outdoor activities. It combines music, dancing, food and drink, a silent auction, and some outcry auction items.
Backcountry Film Festival: A night of short films celebrating human-powered backcountry activities, usually held on a Saturday evening about the third week in January.
And there are lots of other ways to help, including to serve on our Board of Directors and its various committees.
Sponsoring NSCF or one of our many programs is a great way to support the Nordic skiing community in Interior Alaska. We’ll have more information here soon about sponsorship opportunities.
In the mean time, please contact our sponsor coordinator, Aelin Allegood, at email@example.com.
Affiliate programs are a way to support NSCF when you do your normal shopping. These programs don’t cost you a thing, but the companies involved donate a small portion of your purchases to support our programs.
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you buy the same selection of products and enjoy low prices as on Amazon.com. The difference is that after you opt to support NSCF and sign up, then shop at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to NSCF as your selected charitable organizations.
To get started, go to NSCF’s AmazonSmile page. One thing that is nice about Amazon’s program is that once you select NSCF, it stays your selected charity until you decide to change it. Just remember to go to smile.amazon.com to shop instead of the normal Amazon site.
Fred Meyer Community Rewards
Community Rewards lets you earn donations for NSCF just by shopping with your Rewards Card. Fred Meyer will donate $2.6 million to nonprofits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington every year through this program. Here’s how it works:
- To link your Rewards Card to NSCF, just log in to your online account.
- Then, whenever you use your Rewards Card when shopping at Fred’s, you’ll be helping NSCF earn a donation from Fred Meyer.
- At the end of each quarter, Fred Meyer will make a donation to NSCF based on the accumulated spending of the Rewards Customers linked to each nonprofit. Fred Meyer will donate $650,000 each quarter via Community Rewards!
You’ll still get the usual Rewards Points, Fuel Points and Rebates from using your Rewards Card.
Important: Fred Meyer resets the community rewards annually, so you’ll have to reconnect your card each year. Why not do it now?