With excellent trail conditions and warmer than expected temperatures, over 166 people skied over 2880 kilometers on Saturday at the Wentz Othodontics Ski Your Age in Kilometers, presented by Banner Health/Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.  The annual free event is an opportunity for families and friends to enjoy skiing together and also to socialize at the Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center.

The youngest skiers to participate included Hannah Stevens (two weeks), John Stevens (20 months), Annabelle Grunan (age 2) and Andy Fry (age 4).  Tom Wickwire (age 71) was the oldest.  Glynn Honer was the only grandparent to ski with her three grandchildren: Moss Schuttner, Edel Schuttner and Yarrow Schuttner.

A record setting number of skiers under the age of 20 skied their age or more.  55 young skiers, some skiing twice their age or more, reached either the Platinum (top) or Gold (second) achievement levels.  60 skiers of all ages reached the Platinum level, while 14 reached the Gold level, 47 reached the Silver level, and 26 reached the Bronze level.

Junior Nordics to Hold Monday Night Sessions at UAF


Junior Nordics aren’t just for Birch Hill anymore. Starting in November (2015), Junior Nordic sessions will be held at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on Monday nights.


The class will be limited to 50, so sign up soon if you are interested. Register by going to the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks website (http://www.nscfairbanks.org/) and clicking on the Learn > Junior Nordic Registration dropdown menu. Registration will be done only online this year.


The size limit has been set in part because the facilities at UAF are more limited than at Birch Hill. The warming hut at UAF is smaller and the bathroom facilities are in another building.


Temperatures often tend to be chillier at UAF than at Birch Hill, so the temperature cut-off for UAF classes will be -10F rather than the -5F below at Birch Hill. However, breezes tend to be less at UAF than at Birch Hill, so the wind chill should also be less.


For more information contact Sally Endestad, Junior Nordics coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 907/371-9564).    

Stoltz Dental Group would like to invite Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks members to join us in a “pay it forward” day in honor of Joan Hornig and Mike Emers, and their recent house fire tragedy.  

Our office will be offering dental services (exam, x-rays, fillings, crowns) for a reduced rate, and you will be given a fee estimate at a pre-screening exam.  This estimate will be the suggested donation amount that will be paid in the form of a check only at the time of service.  Stoltz Dental will collect and mail all money directly to the Emers family. Click "Read more" for more details.

Three Alaska-based films will be featured in the Backcountry Film Festival showing at Birch Hill on Saturday, January 24.

The showing, put on by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks (NSCF), will start at 7pm in the Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center. Doors open at 6pm. Besides being great fun, this event serves as a fundraiser for the NSCF and the Winter Wildlands Alliance. Tickets are $15 single, $35 family.

Now in its 10th year the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival celebrates the human-powered winter experience through film. Of the nine touring films this season, at least three take place in Alaska.


Come to the annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival, sponsored by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, this Saturday night, the 25th of January, at the Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center. Doors open at 6PM, and the films begin at 7PM.

Admission is $15 per person. Children six and younger are free. Tasty, locally-brewed HooDoo beer will be available for a donation, and snacks will be available for purchase

The first part of the program features nine short films ranging in length from two to eight minutes.  The second part of the program is a one-hour film called "Valhalla."

All films focus on human-powered, back country winter recreation, and feature outstanding videography and amazing scenery and some truly amazing action.

Come and help support the Nordic Ski club of Fairbanks so that it can continue to provide great instructional programs and high-quality trail grooming - and enjoy some great backcountry action while doing so.

The popular Birch Hill Ski Temperature app is now available for Android devices! Android users can now find all of the useful Birch Hill weather information all in one place using this app. With temperatures, forecast, trails, news, and webcam this app is perfect for any skier. Check it out on Google Play!


We've moved! We just completed a long-overdue upgrade of our web site software. This new site is still a little sparse, but we will be working to improve it over the coming weeks. 

Most of the content from the old site has been migrated, so you should be able to find both recent and archived articles and documents. If you have trouble locating anything, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fast & Female is Proud to Present an Afternoon of Athletic Inspiration and Fun for Girls 9-19 Hosted by local Nordic Ski Hero Rebecca Rorabaugh!


(Note: a previous article had one incorrect time posted, Fast and Female will happen from 2-5 PM)

WVHS Ski Swap 2013

West Valley Ski Swap

Saturday, October 26, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Looking for used ski gear at great prices? Have used equipment that needs a new home? If so, come to the West Valley Ski Swap this Saturday. Doors open at 10:00 AM. Arrive early to ensure best selection.

Equipment Dropoff:

  • Friday, October 25, 6:00-9:00 PM
  • Saturday, 8:00-9:30 AM

This event is a fundraiser for the West Valley Ski Team. 20% of proceeds are donated to the team. Raffle tickets and ski waxing also available. For more information call 479-6363.


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