It’s that time again for some fun homework on snow! The Third Annual Schools on Skis will be held on Thursday, March 23, at Birch Hill Recreation Area

Festivities last from 4:30 to 5:30pm. Activities include trail skiing, obstacle courses, downhill slaloms, hot cocoa, and fires for roasting s’mores and hot dogs. All local school ski programs have been invited to participate and are asked to bring volunteers to help. Student-to-parent ratios should be no more than 10-1. Older kids will be doing a longer course, while younger kids will be doing shorter courses. All courses will be right around the stadium and doable even for kids with just basic skiing skills.

Come join the Skiathon this Sunday, March 19, on the University of Alaska Fairbanks trail system.

The 20-kilometer, classic-only Skiathon is a race and a tour. Participants are timed but can go as fast or as slow as they want. All finishers receive a Skiathon patch. Early registration is only $15 ($10 for students), but registration forms must be turned in before noon on March 18. People can sign up on the day of the race, but late registration fees go up to $40. Pick up and drop off registration forms at Beaver Sports, Goldstream Sports or Raven Cross Country. 

The ConocoPhillips Interior Youth Festival will be held at Birch Hill Recreation Area Saturday, March 18. All elementary and junior high skiers are welcome to join in the festivities.

This fun day-long event is all about young skiers. Other ski races, such as the Kinross Fort Knox Town Race Series and ConocoPhillips Besh Cups, feature older skiers, who often get the spotlight. During the ConocoPhillips Interior Youth Festival the younger skiers are the main attraction. The shorter distances are geared for youth and allow the skiers to try multiple formats in a single day. The three races include an interval start classic technique race, a 100-meter classic sprint, and a freestyle ski-cross. New this year, is an open class, available for high school or older skiers who want a chance to enjoy skiing in a fun-filled atmosphere.

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!
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or do not see the classes you are looking for. 
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. 


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