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Take off those ski boots, put on your dancing shoes, and kick up your heels! The 8th Annual Spring Gala is coming to Birch Hill.

The Gala will be held at the Birch Hill Cross-Country Ski Center on Saturday, April 18 from 8 to 11 p.m. Music will be provided by Steve Brown and the Bailers, an acoustic trio, and the floor will be open for dancing. Refreshments will be provided by HooDoo Brewery. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or from an FXC skier.

A silent auction will be held throughout the evening, and a dessert auction will also be held. The silent auction has many items. Some are ski-related, but many are not. All proceeds of the event go to FXC, the junior race-training program of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks.

Click "Read More" to see the awesome items that are available in the silent auction!!!

More than 160 people skied just over 3,000 kilometers on Saturday at the Ski Your Age in Kilometers at Birch Hill Recreation Area. The event, presented by Banner Health / Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (FMH), drew people ranging from ages 3 to 70. Nolan Hays and Amelia Petersen, both 3, were the youngest participants. Tom Wickwire, 70, was the oldest 

An impressive number of people skied their age or more. Just over 50 young skiers, some skiing twice their age or more, reached the Platinum (top) achievement level. Two skiers, Riley Troyer, 20, and Eric DiFolco, 12, even managed to ski three times their age (60 and 36 kilometers, respectively). A few others managed to reach twice their age or more: Ben Koenig (16 years, 32k), Tjarn Bross (13, 31k), Sam Delamere (13, 33k), Eloise Darrow (13, 30k), Maggie Druckenmiller (12, 24k) and Kaya Ratzlaff (11, 22k). Just fewer than 60 skiers of all ages reached the Platinum level, while 22 reached the Gold level, 36 reached the Silver level, and 33 reached the Bronze level.

This was the eleventh year of Ski Your Age, which is organized by Fairbanks Cross Country (FXC), the junior race-training program of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks (NSCF).  The event serves as a fundraising for NSCF-FXC.

(Note: This story was updated on 12/31/14 to add a few people who weren't included or didn't have kilometers.)

There will be a Parent Info Meeting for the NSCF-FXC Junior Programs on Monday April 6.  The meeting will be held in the Timing Building at Birch Hill starting at 6 PM, and should last less than an hour.

The meeting is intended for Parents new to the program and will include information on our 2015-6 program offerings as well as general program information.  

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can rearrange the room for adequate seating.  Questions can also be sent to Head Coach Pete Leonard at that email address.

The eleventh annual Ski Your Age in Kilometers, presented by Fairbanks Memorial Hospital/Banner Health, will be held on Friday, December 26, from 10am to 4pm at Birch Hill Recreation Area.

Participants are encouraged to come share a potluck dish or two and ski their age (or some portion of it) in kilometers. Everyone who signs up gets recognized for any skiing accomplishment over one kilometer. Sign up, food, and drinks will be in the big red Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center.