The ninth annual Ski Your Age in Kilometers is scheduled for Wednesday, December 26, the
day after Christmas, at Birch Hill Recreation Area.
The purpose of the event, which is sponsored by Stoltz Dental Group and Fairbanks Memorial
Hospital/Banner Health, is to get as many people as possible of all ages out the door for some
post-Christmas exercise. The event, for which there is no entry fee, is a fundraiser for Fairbanks
Cross Country (FXC), the junior racing program of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks (NSCF).
While there is no entry fee, participants are encouraged to bring leftovers from their holiday
dinners (or other potluck dish) so that they and the skiers who ski a large number of kilometers
will have some healthy food to keep fueled during the day.
The event officially runs from 10 am to 4 pm. Participants can sign up for the event and bring
potluck dishes to the big building at Birch Hill. People can start earlier, if they want to start on
Participants are encouraged to ski as many kilometers as possible to achieve their Ski Your Age
goals. There are bronze, silver, gold, and platinum achievement levels, so even if you can’t ski
your full age in kilometers, you can earn recognition for you achievement at another level.
Skiers will be asked to sign in, noting their age and their goal in kilometers. A chart showing the
bronze, silver, gold and platinum achievement levels for each age will be available. Trail maps
showing loops varying from 1K to 10K and more can be used as a guide.
For those looking for something more strenuous, there will be a sunup-to-sundown challenge.
Skiers have from sunrise (10:59 a.m.) until sunset (2:45 p.m.) to ski their age, or 50K, whichever
In addition to recognizing individual achievements, the top performances will be recognized in
several other categories: family (the family with the most participants and the family that skis the
most kilometers), father-son, mother-daughter, father-daughter, mother-son, grandparent-grandchild
and 50-50 club (skiers over the age of 50 who ski more than 50K).
At the event people can also donate to FXC or sign up to become a member of the “Friends of
FXC.” An anonymous donor will match all donations up to $5,000.