Ski tour schedule 2011-2012. Click on "read more" to see complete schedule


NSCF SKI TOURS 2011-2012

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FYI, Saturday, 19 November 2011: Alaska Skijoring and Pulk Assocaition Beginners' Clinic.  Instructor: Sara Elzey (378-5024). Preregistration required; $30 for day, includes ASPA year's membership.  10 AM – 1 PM at Alaska Feed (451-5570) for class session; 2-4 PM for on-snow session there and at Creamer's.  Excellent opportunity to try something new on skis.  They have loaner gear and dogs for the day! Loads of fun with great people and fine dogs.  (Also see  If you really become interested, they have trail tours almost every Sunday during the winter, in addition to their racing schedule.)

Saturday, December 3, 2011: Koponen Trails.  Leader: Aporn Stein (458-1011). Meet at Koponen trailhead (c. 2011 Koponen Trail) at 11 AM.  Beginner to intermediate level for 1.5 to 2 hr ski.  Return to Aporn’s for hot soup!

SUNDAY, December 18, 2011: “WOOD IS GOOD” at Cleary-Summit: Fairbanks-Circle Trail. Leaders: Philip Marshall (H:457-3895) and Jan Lokken (Cleary: 389-2449) Meet at Skiland Road pullout just off the Steese Highway at 11 AM.  Beginner level, 3-4 hours.  Rolling terrain on old Fairbanks-Circle Trail via Skiland and unplowed Fairbanks Creek Rd.  Great views of Alaska Range and the White Mountains. Usually warmer up at this elevation. We stop for a snack enroute.   Return to Jan Lokken’s for cocoa and chili. Vintage ski gear (wooden skis, bamboo poles, wool and leather) encouraged but not required, of course; bonfire to follow.  ANY AND ALL CANINES ARE MOST WELCOME.

Saturday, January 7, 2012: Classic Bear and North Star.  Leader: Lisa Stuby (458-7657) Meet 11 AM at the old warm up hut at Birch Hill Nordic Ski Area.  We will be skiing the approximately 6km classic trails.  Difficulty is moderate.  Bring snacks for afterwards.

Saturday, January 14, 2012: North Star Golf CourseLeader: Lisa Stuby (458-7657) 4 miles of trails.  Difficulty is moderate.  These are groomed by the Alaska Skijoring and Pulk Association and dogs are welcomed, but must be on lead or skijored; no loose dogs, please.  Skate or classic skis can be used.

SUNDAY, 22 January 2012: Glenn Creek “Red Hot Mama” Roundtrip. Leader: Rourke Williams (457-1985). Meet 11 AM at UAF/CRREL Permafrost Tunnel parking lot off the New Steese before Fox. Intermediate level, 2.5 hours, rolling terrain with long climb up (if have skins, bring) through mixed forest, then rollicking descent back the way we came with the best woodsy turns anywhere. Usually cold as we climb out of inversion.  Canines always welcome.

SUNDAY , 29 January 2012: Cleary-Summit to Chatanika Lodge via Margaret’s Corner.  Leader: PS Marshall (457-3895 or @ Cleary 389-2449) Meet at Skiland Road parking lot with the DOTPF videocam just off the Steese at 11 AM  to carpool.  Advanced/ intermediate ski, 4 hours in duration, with  variable terrain and some steep downhills and tight turns (most can be traversed or walked);  beautiful forest past historic Davidson Ditch to end at Chatanika Lodge, but not before overflow at base of Lulu Creek and crossing the tailings. Depending on snow conditions, will start from there or go to Steese Col to commence ski tour. K-9s welcome

SUNDAY, 12 February 2012: Ester Dome Exploration.  Leader: Barb O'Donnell ( 479-0302). Meet noon at the Ester Post Office for a 3-4 hour, moderate-level tour. Almost all routes on Ester Dome involve an ascent to obtain good views, temperature inversions and a workout to arrive at terrain changes that contain long, fun descents.  Depending on snow conditions these runs can be a real round trip blast.  This is your chance to ski on the south side!  Tour followed by a get-together at Barb's for hot toddies.  Dogs OK.

SUNDAY, 19 February 2012: ALPA-C Trail at Cleary-Summit.  Leader: PS Marshall (457-3895 or @ Cleary 389-2449) Meet at DOTPF parking lot just off the Steese at the start of  Skiland Road at 11 AM.  Car pool to start off the Ft. Knox Rd. where may have to shovel out parking spot.  Intermediate/advanced-level ski, ~ 4-hour, out and back on snowmobiled ALPA-C trail on ridge with fine views of the Chena Domes.  One or two big hills that can be walked.  Usually warmer up here as the sun returns.  High Gateway to the Fairbanks Creek gold workings.  Skins can be useful, if you have them.  Dogs welcomed.

Saturday, 3 March 2012: Keith Echelmeyer Memorial Ski.  Leader: Frank Keim (451-9308) Meet 11 AM at Waterford/Molly Rd trailhead.  Intermediate 4-5 hour ski on mushing trails through woods above Goldstream Valley and along part of Old Murphy Dome Rd.  Canines invited.

Saturday, 10 March 2012: Full Moon Ski.  Leader: Alice Mural (455-4863). Meet at leader's house, 1605 Carr St. (Aurora Subd.) at 7 pm to carpool.  1.5-2-hr beginning to intermediate ski at either Ace Lake or Creamer's Field depending on conditions.  Bring a headlamp just in case.

SUNDAY,11 March 2012: Ester Dome- Happy Ridge Trail.  Leader: Stan Justice (479-5017) Meet at 11 am at Goldstream Sports parking lot. Intermediate-level, approximately 3-hour ski tour with alot of uphill and downhill; skins can help, but not required.

SUNDAY, 18 March 2012: Stew on the Slough.  Everlasting Leader: Ev Wenrick ( H: 479-0026). Meet 11 AM at Chena Pump Rd. Campground & Boat Launch. Relaxed 3-hour ski along the Tanana River to a slough with a heated wall tent replete with stew!

Saturday and Sunday, 24-25 March 2012: Overnight at Hutlinana Hot Springs.  Leader: PS Marshall (457-3895). Meet 11:30 AM at MP 128.5, north side pullout,  Manley Hot Springs Road off the Elliott Highway (if cross Hutlinana Creek or go to Eureka turnoff, have gone too far).  Drive takes 3-4 hours one way; call leader for carpooling.  Some people may go early and stay late.  Intermediate-level, 3-5 hour (depending on conditions) ski tour on snowmobile trail through woods into delightful, rustic hot springs.  Always overflow, sometimes quite wet; in-step crampons helpful if you choose to walk icy sections.  Some skiers pull sleds, others backpack.  Pitch tents near springs.  Tourers will need their own tentage, stoves and cook gear, sleeping bags & pads, all necessary gear for overnight winter camping since there are no facilities there.  One big hot springs pool with wide temperature range ideal for warming up.  Opportunity for advanced, challenging touring farther up creek and over towards Eureka.  K-9s welcome.

Saturday, 31 March 2012: UAF Nordic Ski Team Invitational at Haystack, “Norsk Ridge” Loop. Leader: PS Marshall (457-3895) Meet at Weigh Station in Fox at 9:30 AM; car pool out to north side of Haystack Mountain. Intermediate-advanced level, 5-6 hours. Ski north over old fire break, then steep, 400', curvy descent on narrow trapper trail (can remove skis and walk). Gently reascend 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.

Saturday, 7 April 2012: NEW! WINE & CHEESE GALA TOUR at Cleary-Summit. Leader:  PS Marshall (457-3895) Meet 12-1 PM at the DOTPF pullout off the Steese at Cleary-Summit at the start of the Skiland Rd.  Only Club members 21 years and older may imbibe (Tourers are urged to bring their own drinking vessels as provided ones will be limited). All other members welcome to eat & ski.  This inaugural event is primarily a social, fun, leisure ski with wine & cheese tasting stops along the way to meet new people and enjoy the magnificent views.  The set track of about 6-km, mostly beginner level, will be marked with “Wine glass” signs.  Four tasting stations with staff will be alfresco at various local patrons’ houses and establishments (entry permitted if need to warm up) as we ski around the dome at Skiland and over towards Pedro Dome on the other side of the Steese before returning to the DOT parking lot.  Attendees are encouraged to mingle and loiter.  Closing/cleanup time is 3:30 PM.  Designated drivers may be advisable.  K-9s welcome, but must be on line to cross Skiland.

Saturday-Sunday, 14-15 April: Overnight at Black Rapids Lodge.  Leader: PS Marshall (457-3895). Meet there down on the Rich at 11 am; three-hour drive one-way; call leader to car-pool.  Season-closer with an introduction to the intermediate and advanced trails at and near the Lodge in a superb mountain setting.  Heavier ski gear (metal edges) and skins highly advisable since some runs are backcountry through the woods, not on a packed slope or set track as are the others.  Variety of pricing levels for room & board; call trip leader to discuss and reserve a spot since spaces are limited. * Reservation deadline: 30 March 2012. * (Canines remain outside on line or in truck.)