Its getting to that time of year when the light is coming back quickly!  This means that the lights at Birch Hill will be turned off on March 18th!  By that date, sunset will be around 8pm and dusk 8:45pm.  Please come out and enjoy some amazing spring skiing on the trails!

NSCF Members  –

With all these temperature fluctuations, waxing your skis is becoming ever important these days.  Luckily, we have a chance for you to come and get a FREE wax clinic this Sunday, Feb 20th up at Birch Hill Recreation Area – Nordic Ski in the Warm Up Hut from 3:00-4:00pm.  Joel Buth from Goldstream Sports will be covering glide wax as well as kick wax techniques.

The Winter Wildlands Alliance Back Country Film Festival is coming to Fairbanks - hosted your one and only NSCF!

Fri, Jan 21 @ 7 PM Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center $5/NSCF Members, $8/non-members, Children 6 & Under FREE

Come out and enjoy some refreshments, chances to win raffles and great back country short films.

Check out the trailer:

Note: Schedule may change, please check for update weekly!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010. CLEARY SUMMIT – GILMORE TRAIL LOOP. Leader: Phil Marshall  457-3895.

Beginner level, 2-3 hours, rolling terrain on Rabbit Run ridge, great views of Alaska Range (and Ft. Knox mine and NASA/NOAA Tracking at Gilmore). Usually warmer up here. We stop for a snack enroute.

Meet at Skiland Road pullout just off the Steese Highway at 10:30 am. Carpool to start on old Ft.Knox access road. Return to Jan Lokken’s for cocoa and chili.

ANY AND ALL CANINES ARE MOST WELCOME.

Saturday January 8, 2011: Classic Bear and North Star

Leader: Lisa Stuby

Meet 11:00 AM at the old warm up hut at Birch Hill.  We will be skiing the, about 8-9km.  Difficulty moderate.  Encourage folks to bring post-ski munchies.

 

Sunday, January 16, 2011, TRUE NORTH-CHATANIKA LODGE

Leader: Phil Marshall  457-3895

Meet at Skiland Road pullout just off the Steese Highway at 9:45 am.

Intermediate level, 3.5-5.5 hours depending on start location. Car shuttle to Chatanika Lodge then to start at either True North pit or Pedro Dome. Start can be windblown and rocky, then exhilarating descent (can walk if necessary) through woods on old mining lane past Davidson Ditch to present mines whose roads have overflow. Can be extremely cold and beautiful down here. Out Tanana Valley RR grade past historic house ruins and old Chatanika townsite to the dredge & Lodge at Chatanika.

ANY AND ALL CANINES ARE MOST WELCOME. Contact Philip Marshall @ 457-3895.

 

Saturday, January 22, 2011 Koponen Trail

Leader: Aporn Stein 458-1011

Meet 11 am at Koponen trail head

Saturday, January 29, 2011 Ester Dome Roam,

Leader Carol and Don Lokken.The route will be announced.

Sunday, February 6, 2011 St. Patrick up to Ester Dome road

Leader: Stan Justice 479-5017

 

BEAR CREEK LOOP, Sunday, February 13, 2011. Intermediate level, 3-4 hours. Meet at Skiland Road

pullout just off the Steese Highway at 10:30 am. Car pool to start at end of plowed Fairbanks

Creek Road. Ski out Fairbanks Creek Rd., then turn off to descend steeply to Bear Creek where

it can be really cold. Skins may be necessary to climb back up old mining access road and out to

Fairbanks Cr. Rd. for the return. ANY AND ALL CANINES ARE MOST WELCOME. Contact

Philip Marshall @ 457-3895.

 

Saturday, February 19, 2011 Ace Lake, We will try Moonlight ski again

Leader: Alice Mural

Saturday, March 5, 2011, The Keith Echelmeyer Memorial Ski

Leader: Frank Keim

Saturday, March 12 Skiathon 10K classic ski Race at UAF

Sunday, March 27, 2011. Stew on a Slough, Leader: Eve Wenrick

 

SATURDAY, April 2, 2011 NEW TOUR: SCUM INVITATIONAL! “NORSK RIDGE” LOOP

Leader: Phil Marshall 457-3895

Meet at Weigh Station in Fox at 9:30 am.

Intermediate-advanced level, 5-6 hours. Carpool out to north side of Haystack Mountain. Ski north over old fire break, then steep, 400', curvy descent on narrow dogmushing/trapper trail (can remove skis and walk). Gently ascend north on a large fire break to gain classic “Norsk Ridge” that maintains high elevation with superb views in all directions. Enjoyable “old-style” mushing trail winds amongst the spruce that protect from the winds. If you never get to Norway, this trail is for you as it resembles those above Lillehammer, Norway, used on the Birkebeiner Rennet! This trail eventually connects with the White Mountain Trail that leads to Moose Creek Cabin. We'll ski most of the way out there then return the same way for a total loop of about fourteen miles.

ANY AND ALL CANINES ARE MOST WELCOME

Update:  11:50 am  The trail lights have been shut off as well.  Tom Helmers Lead Groomer

Because of the extremely strange (for Fairbanks) weather, and the likelihood of seriously degrading trail conditions, the Birch Hill trails are closed to users until further notice.  The gate at the entrance to the Birch Hill Recreation Area is locked and will remain so throughout the day today (Monday, November 22).

The best thing for the trails is to keep everyone off the snow until it has stopped raining and the moisture has percolated down through the snow.  A little patience and self-restraint now will pay off for the remainder of the season in better ski conditions.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks

Birch Hill is currently closed due to the weather. It will remain closed until further notice. Please stay OFF the trails.

Ski Fest 2010 will be held on Saturday, November 13, at the SRC on the
UAF campus.  Here are some of the facts:

  • 5:00 PM Doors open
  • 6:00 PM Dinner
  • 7:00 PM Raffle and program

Free to all NSCF members and Alaska Nanooks Ski Team Booster Club
members.  Please bring a dessert to pass.

Tonight's race will be a 5.3k freestyle.  The course will be up the stadium ramp turning right onto the lit portion of the competition loop, turn right again up the west ramp to ski the relay start loop, east ramp, tower loop  -taking the stadium cutoff to tower direct, roller coasters by-pass, white bear access, and around the ski center building to the finish line at the timing hut.

The 1st race of the Wednesday night race series is tonight and will be freestyle technique. The race course will consist of the relay start loop, east ramp, roller coasters by-pass, white bear access and the warm-up loop. For the inaugural race, registration will be from 6:00pm - 6:40pm in the competition office in Rikke’s Roadhouse.

The real-time weather data from the Birch Hill Recreation Area ski trails are back on the website.  The Internet connection to the weather station was reconnected to the timing building on October 28. After a long weekend of work, the weather station computer and software have been updated, and the web camera and weather phone were reconfigured. The Ultimeter weather data logger is now communicating with the computer and WeatheVox phone. A new weather page with current temperature and wind data is updating every minute. The web camera view of the Birch Hill stadium and Nordic Ski Center is now incorporated into the weather page.  Enhanced displays of weather gauges and graphs will be added to the weather report during November.

The Nordic Ski Club weather phone with current Birch Hill weather station conditions are also available again at 457-4837.

After a 13-year hiatus from the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks’ racing calendar, Wednesday night races will return to Birch Hill this ski season.

Goldstream Sports and Beaver Sports will sponsor a six race series beginning Wednesday, November 3, 2010.

 

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