This Sunday is great time for kids to have a blast on skis! 

The 11th Annual ConocoPhillips Winter Carnival is a fun hour-and-a-half filled with ski games and a scavenger hunt.  This free event, hosted by the NSCF-FXC Comp and Prep Teams, starts at 2 p.m. and lasts until 3:30 p.m. at Birch Hill Recreation Area. It is held in conjunction with the regular Sunday Junior Nordics session, but you don’t have to be a member of Junior Nordics to join in on the fun. Skiers who come to Junior Nordics on another day of the week are welcome to join on Sunday as well.  In addition, Interior skiers age 4 to 13 that are not currently signed-up for Junior Nordics are welcome to join as well. (Parents of skiers not signed up for Junior Nordics should arrive at 1:45 p.m. to fill out a waiver for the event in the Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center, and to find where to send their skiers for the start of the event).  

(Note: This event, now scheduled for February 19, had to be rescheduled from February 12 because of cold temperatures.)

The Backcountry Film Festival brings the world’s winter to Fairbanks this January. The Fairbanks showing, organized by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks (NSCF), will be held on Saturday, January 28, at the Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center. Besides being great fun, this event serves as a fundraiser for the NSCF and the Winter Wildlands Alliance.

Doors open at 6:15pm. Movies start at 7pm. Tickets will be available at the door. Tickets are: 

  • NSCF Individual $10, 
  • NSCF Family $35
  • Non-member Individual $15
  • Non-member Family $45

This year the festival highlights experiences that fuel and surround winter activities. The line-up includes: 

Hi Fairbanks area skiers and those of you excited to learn to ski! The new snow has helped create awesome conditions for skiing on our local trails. With the days getting longer and brighter, it's a great time to get out and enjoy cross country skiing.
The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks group lessons begin this coming week (or the following week, depending on the temps).  We are offering a great selection of classes at both Birch Hill and the University of Alaska ski trails.  Below you will find the link to the registration form, which includes the details on the start dates, times and prices. Hopefully there is a class, or two, which will meet your interests and needs.
For those of you planning to ski the Sonot Kkaazoot in March, we are once again offering the popular Sonot Training class beginning January 17th.  It's a great class for anyone looking to do some ski training specifically directed at helping you prepare for the Sonot.  
Our website is currently having some issues.  Please email me if you have questions about any of our classes or if you would like to set up private lessons.
I'm excited to help get you out learning to ski or improving your skills, in this great Fairbanks snow and sun.
Let's Ski Fairbanks!
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Please follow the link below to the lesson registration form -


The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks and 10th Planet Recording Studio are hosting a party/dance as a fundraiser for the Birch Hill Trail Fund and to show appreciation for our amazing trail groomers!


Excellent skiing conditions and clear skies heralded in the 13th annual Ski Your Age event at the Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center on December 26th. More than 160 skiers participated in the free event, organized by Fairbanks Cross Country (FXC), the junior race-training program of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks (NSCF).


Skiers of all ages, from 1-70, skied well over 3000 kilometers in this event that provides the opportunity for folks to get outside, be active, and to socialize and share food and drinks. Families and friends enjoyed the event, which is offered free to participants, though donations are accepted to benefit FXC, which provided hot drinks and chili. Participants brought potluck dishes as well.

       The support of Wentz Orthodontics and Edward Jones financial advisor Christopher Knott was greatly appreciated by FXC, as this is one of the annual fundraisers for the team. Participants can record their kilometers skied between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, taking breaks for snacks, drinks and potluck items in the Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center. Skiers can track their kilometers in categories such as couple, individual, mother-daughter, mother-son, father-daughter, father- son, whole family, and even grandparent-grandchild. Skiers were also recognized for achieving the platinum, gold, silver and bronze levels of kilometers skied. 

Know how to ski? Can you strap on a pair of snowshoes? If so, we’ve got a great event for you! 

The Birch Hill Shuski, the first race of the winter TRY-athlon Series, will have two types of races. One is competitive and one is more relaxed. Both are run at the same time.  The Competitive Race includes a 5-kilometer skate ski, a 3-kilometer snowshoe, and a 5-kilometer classic ski. The Family Fun Race includes a 1-kilometer freestyle ski, a 1-kilometer snowshoe, and a 1-kilometer freestyle ski (freestyle means you get to choose whether to skate or classic).

If you like skiing on the nicely groomed trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area, then show your thankfulness with a donation to the Trails Fund. 

There’s snow on the trails. Not much snow, but enough to go skiing. And why is that? Because the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, with your help, takes great care of the trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area. We couldn’t do this without support. 

The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks does all the grooming at Birch Hill—more than 40 kilometers of trails. That grooming is paid for entirely through donations. Our season fundraising goal is $50,000. Many people have already donated. If you haven’t donated yet, please do so. 


Our ski season is weeks to months longer than most places Outside. Program costs include labor, fuel, and equipment maintenance and replacement. The club NEEDS your donations to continue grooming.

The Fairbanks Nordic Ski Patrol is seeking Nordic skiers for volunteer patrolling during the 2016-17 NSCF competition season at Birch Hill Recreation Center.  

The Fairbanks Nordic Ski Patrol (FNSP) is a member of the National Ski Patrol organization and partners with NSCF in providing emergency care during club-sponsored competitive events at Birch Hill.  No skiing ability is necessary for patrolling, though familiarization with race venues and both FNSP/NSCF protocols are very important. 

Come help celebrate the new ski season at Ski Fest on Saturday, November 12, with the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks and the Alaska Nanooks, the cross country ski team of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Ski Fest is a joint event that celebrates the ski club, the Nanooks, and cross country skiing in Fairbanks. 

The event is free and starts at 1pm. Food will be served in the Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center. Soup and bread are provided. Attendees are asked to bring a dessert to share. Inside the ski center, people can also learn all about what the ski club has to offer, including Junior Nordics, Adult Lessons, FXC, races, ski tours, and trail grooming. The Nanooks will also be selling retired UAF ski gear and accepting new and renewing memberships for the UAF Ski Team Booster Club.  

As you have probably already heard, the University of Alaska administration is proposing to cut the UAF and UAA cross country ski teams as part of a cost-cutting measure. The UAF Nanooks are close partners with the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks. Our joint Ski Fest is coming up in just a couple of weeks on November 12. Skiers who have passed through our Junior Nordics and FXC programs have earned spots, including scholarships, on the Nanooks. 

The proposal has a couple of hurdles to clear before it becomes reality. 

  • The UA Board of Regents must approve it.
  • The NCAA Membership Committee must approve a waiver that would allow each campus to have less than the minimum 10 team sports. 

If you would like to comment or otherwise take action on this proposal, here are some things you can do:

Do you need skis?  Then come to the West Valley High School Ski Swap.
When:  Saturday October 22 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where:  West Valley High School - 3800 Geist Road
Drop off equipment to sell: Friday 6-9 p.m. and Saturday 8-9:30 a.m.
20% of sales goes to support the West Valley Ski Team


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