Birch Hill Trail Conditions

NameSkillDistanceDate Last GroomedCondition
Lighted Loops
Warm-UpEasy1.5 km11/13/2017 Packed & Tracked
very thin
Relay StartEasy750 meters11/13/2017 Packed & Tracked
very thin
Tower LoopDifficult2.3 km11/13/2017 Packed & Tracked
very thin
Old TowerEasy250 meters11/13/2017Packed Very Thin
Roller CoasterMore Difficult900 meters11/13/2017 Packed & Tracked
very thin
White Bear
(to Meridian)
Difficult900 meters11/13/2017 Packed & Tracked
very thin
South TowerDifficult400 meters11/13/2017Packed & Tracked very thin
Tower DirectDifficult150 meters11/13/2017Packed very thin
MedivacMost Difficult400 meters11/13/2017 Packed & Tracked
very thin
Green DotEasy300 meters  11/13/2017Packed very thin
Blue Loops
Blue LoopDifficult1.2 km11/13/2017Packed and tracked, very thin.
Outhouse LoopDifficult2.5 km11/13/2017Packed andtracked very thin
Sunnyside & CliffsideVery Difficult3.6 km11/14/2017Packed Thin tracks rock ski's only
Black Loops
Competition LoopMost Difficult1.1 km11/13/2017Packed and tracked, very thin.
North Forty (N40)Most Difficult2.5 km11/13/2017Packed and tracked, very thin.
Black HoleMost Difficult2.5 km11/13/2017Packed and tracked, very thin.
Tommy KnockerDifficult0.2 km11/13/2017Packed and tracked, very thin.
Tommy Knocker ExtensionDifficult100 m11/13/2017Packed and tracked, very thin.
Black Funk/Black BaronDifficult0.25 km11/13/2017Packed and tracked, very thin.
White Bear Loops
White BearDifficult9.9 km11/13/2017 Packed & Tracked
very thin,
Moilanen MeadowsDifficult1.5 km11/13/2017Packed & Tracked Very Thin
Classical OnlyDifficult6 km
White CubEasy1 km11/13/2017Packed & Tracked Very Thin
South Side Classics
Blackhawk & ChinookDifficult2.6 km
Sonot ConnectorDifficult2 km11/14/2017Packed and tracked

The main mission of our Trails Program is to provide great trail grooming during the ski season at Birch Hill Recreation Area. This includes connected trails, such as the White Bear, that are on Fort Wainwright land. But great grooming takes more than just grooming. Here are some other things our groomers do (often with the help of volunteers):

  • Keep the trails relatively smooth during summer. The smoother the trails in summer, the less snow we need to start skiing in winter.
  • Keep the trails cleared of fallen trees.
  • With the borough, maintain the trail lighting system.
  • With the help of volunteers, put up and take down race course marking materials.

We can accomplish this only with your support, so please consider making a trail donation!

Largely because of our vibrant Nordic skiing community, Fairbanks is blessed with abundant trails for all skiing techniques, with trails for novice, intermediate, expert, and elite skiers. Here are links to maps for trail systems you can explore:

The annual cost of our trails program to the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks is over $100,000 including the costs of labor, fuel, equipment maintenance and depreciation, equipment rental, etc. That money is NOT government money, but is money raised by the NSCF from its membership and from corporate sponsors and donors. The Nordic Ski Club has approximately 300 memberships annually, accounting for a total somewhere around 800 members (there are normally multiple members in a single family membership). If you do the math, you can see that it is important that our club members make meaningful donations to cover these costs.

Skiers in the lower 48 pay substantial fees for day passes and season passes. You can ski at Birch Hill without having to purchase a day pass or a season pass, or wear a ticket on your clothing. However, if the high-quality trail system is to continue to exist, and if the superb grooming we have all come to expect is to go on into the future, those things have to get paid for.

Below are the donation amounts suggested by the NSCF Board of Directors. These donations are based on the actual costs of operating our trails program. A survey of what people pay at commercial and club trail operations in the Lower 48 and Canada where fees are charged confirms that these amounts are typical, or even on the low end, for a ski center the size and quality of Birch Hill. Keep in mind that for most operations outside of Alaska, the ski season is 1/2 to 2/3 the length of a typical Fairbanks ski season. The cost of our grooming operations is a direct function of the length of our season:

  • Individual Season Pass / Youth (younger than high school) – $90
  • Individual Season Pass / Junior-Student (high school or college student – $150
  • Individual Season Pass / Adult – $200
  • Couples Season Pass / Adult – $300
  • Family Season Pass (includes children through high school) – $400

Sustaining donor levels:

  • Tracksetter – $500
  • Trailblazer – $1000

As you are making your donation decision, please keep these numbers in mind . . . so that we can keep enjoying the great trails and grooming for which Birch Hill is justifiably renowned.

Please donate today!

Trails and Grooming Updates

Word from the Groomers

We did a quick groom of the Lighted Loops mid morning, About 3 or 4 inches so far.    Plan for Friday is Groom the White Bear that is not part of the Town Race Saturday and do the Blue, Outhouse and the Black Loops

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Word from the Groomers

Sorry for the late report, when we finished Monday we were not able to log into the web site.  We groomed and set tracks on all the trails, but Sunnyside and the Sonot Connector.  The Plan for this morning is to pack both those trails.   We will be taking a scouting...

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Word from the Groomers

We Packed and set tracks on Sunny Side, Cliff Side and the Sonot Connector this morning.  We did groom all the other trails yesterday.   If we have time we will make a scouting mission around the Classical only trails.  We are Standing by for more snow.

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