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.  

Outside, people can ski on their own or ski with members of the ski team. The ‘Nooks will be playing ski games with kids and giving free lessons to adults. 

Kid Games

Kids ages 5-17. Meet at 1:15pm in the Stadium by the flag pole. Participants will be split into groups led by Nanook skiers and rotated through three fun stations. 


Adult Lessons 

Meet in front of the log Warming Hut

  • 1:15pm Classic technique ski lesson
  • 2pm Skate technique ski lesson


(Note: All activities may be adapted because of the thin snow cover.)


After the activities wind up outside, about 3pm, the event will move indoors, where the 2016-17 ‘Nooks will be introduced and door prizes will be given out.