Hello cross country skiing fans!

The 2017 Doyon Utilities SuperTour Finals and Distance National Championships start Monday afternoon at Birch Hill. The women's Skiathlon (7.5Km classic + 7.5Km skate) starts at 5PM, and the men's Skiathlon (11.25Km classic + 11.25Km skate) starts at 6:15PM. Junior classic-only races for females and males start simultaneously with the senior races, but the junior races finish after the classic leg.

This week's races will have the highest level of competition of any cross country ski race held in Fairbanks since the 1984 World Cup. Featured in the field are all four US women who have won World Championship medals: Kikkan Randall, Jessie Diggins, Caitlin Gregg and Sadie Bjornsen. Randall (sprint), Diggins (sprint and team sprint) and Bjornsen (team sprint) won medals in last month's World Championships in Lahti, Finland. It was a record-setting medal haul for the US.

The Birch Hill race courses provide excellent opportunities for spectating. If you come to watch, please be aware that spectating is ON FOOT ONLY. No spectators are allowed to ski on the course beginning one hour prior to the start. Birch Hill trails will be closed to public skiing from that time until each day's racing is complete. All trails are open on non-race days, and up until one hour prior to the start on race days. PLEASE do not skate on the classic courses where tracks have been set!

Also, please be aware that the Old Warming Hut is reserved for race volunteers from Sunday night (26th) through the night of April 2. The Old Warming Hut will not be available for public use during that time period. The Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center building will be open extended hours during the week, so those who normally would use the Old Warming Hut can make use of the BHCCSC.

Please come up to Birch Hill and watch some of the fastest skiers in the world race on our local trails! It's an opportunity you won't want to miss.

Other race dates and times:
Wednesday, March 29 - 1.6Km Men/1.5Km Women Sprint/Free Technique - Qualifying at 4PM; Senior Heats begin at 6PM. Junior Heats will take place before senior heats. Lots of action in the heats!
Friday, March 31 - Mixed Gender/Mixed Technique 4 x 5Km Relay - 6:30PM start
Sunday, April 2 - Mass Start/Free Technique Women's 30Km at 10AM, Men's 50Km at 12:30PM

For complete information, go to the event website at: https://www.supertourfinals2017fairbanks.us/

Results from the Buetow Dental Distance Series #3, the Raven Romp, are listed below in text format.  Excellent tracks, fast snow, nice course and good competition.  Temperatures were in the mid-single digits, but the freshly groomed snow was quite speedy nonetheless.  Shalane Frost was the overall winner for the 30Km race, just edging out UAF Coach Christina Turman.  Joel Buth won the men's 30Km and was third overall behind Frost and Turman.  UAF skier Nicole Bathe, just back from the U23 World Championships won the 10Km race by more than four minutes over visiting German skier Franziska Strobel.

Results by class in text format for the 2017 Besh Cup 5 interval start free technique event for the U16 and older classes are available below.  These should be considered unofficial results.  See the CCAK website for official results.

Results by distance for the 2017 Besh Cup 5 interval start free technique event for the U16 and older classes are available below in text format.  The official results are on the CCAK website.  Consider these results unofficial.

Below are results in text format for the 2017 Besh Cup #5 Ski Cross event for classes U14 and younger.  These are unofficial results.  Officlal results are on the CCAK website.

Below are results from the 21st Annual KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series #4, the Kendall Subaru of Fairbanks Ski-Cross.  One hundred fifty-four skiers competed in heats over jumps, around slalom gates and under "limbo" gates.  All skiers raced in preliminary heats, then advanced to final heats depending upon their results in the preliminary race.  The race was held on perfect snow with temperatures in the high teens to low 20's.

CLICK HERE to view or download entry lists, start lists, the heat schedule and course maps. When the page opens, scroll to the information for this weekend's race.
 

Start times for each bracket:

  • High School and Adult "A" Men & Women - 11:00
  • High School and Adult "A" Men & Women - 11:42
  • Grade 7 and 8 Boys & Girls - 12:33
  • Grade 5 and 6 Boys & Girls - 12:57
  • Grade 3 and 4 Boys & Girls - 13:15
  • Grade K, 1 and 2 Boys & Girls - 13:39
All skiers will race twice: once in a preliminary round and once in a final round.
Bibs will be available for pickup at about 9:45AM at Rikke's Roadhouse.
Come out and watch the excitement!

The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks is pleased to announce the fourth race in the 21st Annual KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series, the  Kendall Subaru of Fairbanks Ski-Cross, will be held Saturday, January 28, at 11:00am at the Jim Whisenhant Ski Trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area.  The KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series provides a competitive forum for skiers of all ages beginning with pre-schoolers.  Over 200 entries are anticipated.

Below are results in text format for the 21st Annual Kinross Ft Knox Town Series Race #3, the Woolly Rhino Classic, held Saturday, January 14, 2017.  The races were held under very snowy and breezy conditions with temperatures in the mid single digits above zero.  More than 130 skiers started in the 10 start waves, competing over distances from 1.5Km to 10Km.  The overall winners for high school and adult women and men were Jenna DiFolco of West Valley HS, and Lathrop High School's Logan Mowry.

You can find current race information for Saturday's third race in the KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series, the Woolly Rhino Classic, at http://skiraces.sportalaska.com/2016-2017/town_series.html

Course maps are available now.  Start lists will be published later Friday evening.  Start times for Saturday's race are:

  • 11:00 - K-1-2 Girls 1.5Km
  • 11:05 - K-1-2 Boys 1.5Km
  • 11:20 - Gr 3-4 Girls 2Km
  • 11:25 - Gr 3-4 Boys 2Km
  • 11:40 - Gr 5-6 Girls 2.5Km
  • 11:45 - Gr 5-6 Boys 2.5Km
  • 12:00 - Gr 7-8 Girls 3Km
  • 12:05 - Gr 7-8 Boys 3Km
  • 12:30 - HS/Adult Women 7.5Km
  • 13:15 - HS/Adult Men 10Km

All races are in mass start format in classic technique

We are expecting substantial snow overnight and during the day on Saturday.  It is possible that the Birch Hill access road and parking lot will not have been plowed in time for the race, so please drive, and park, carefully.

The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks is pleased to announce that the Twenty-first annual KINROSS Fort KnoxTown Race Series continues with the Woolly Rhino Classic, Saturday, January 14, at 11:00am at the Jim Whisenhant Ski Trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area.  The KINROSS Fort KnoxTown Race Series provides a competitive forum for skiers of all ages beginning with pre-schoolers.  Over 200 entries are anticipated.

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Competition Program Information

CLICK HERE to get race information for this year's KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series, Buetow Distance Series, Alaska Coffee Roasting Company Turkey Day Relays, Region VI High School Championships and Besh Cup race #5 and #6.  After clicking on the link, scroll down the page until you get to the event for which you are looking for information.

For information on the Sonot Kkaazoot or the Wednesday night race series, go to their event-specific websites.  For information on the Interior Youth Championships, Skiathlon or Ski for Women, go directly to the contact person for those events.

CLICK HERE to get current race information on the KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series.

The KINROSS Fort Knox Town Race Series is comprised of four events open to all ages of skiers. Each event features races at increasing distances for several different age/gender groups: Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8, High School/Adult Women, and High School/Adult Men. Elementary, junior high, and high school competitors must enter through their school programs or coaches. There is no entry fee for student competitors. Adult entry fee is $10 for NSCF members, due by Wednesday at 5:00 pm preceding the race. No late entries.

Dates for the 2016-2017 KINROSS Fort Knox Town Races are as follows:

  • TRS #1 NOVEMBER 19, 2016 (classic technique mass start) presented by Fairbanks Youth Sports
  • TRS #2 DECEMBER 3. 2016 (classic technique sprint) presented by Fairbanks Youth Sports
  • TRS #3 JANUARY 14, 2017 (free technique interval start) presented by Woolly Rhino
  • TRS #4 JANUARY 28, 2017 (free technique ski cross) presented by Kendall Subaru of Fairbanks

All races are held at Birch Hill Cross-Country Ski Center

CLICK HERE to get race information for this year's Turkey Day Relays.

The Turkey Day Relays were initiated in approximately 1966. The Turkey Day Relays are a low-key community event for all ages.

The 51st Annual Alaska Coffee Roasting Company Turkey Day Relays, presented by Beaver Sports, will be held on Friday, November 25, 2016 at the Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center.  Entry forms are available and may be turned in at Beaver Sports, Raven Cross Country and Trax Outdoor Center.  You may also download an entry form in PDF format at the link above.

The early entry deadline is 4:00PM on the Monday prior to the race, after which time prices increase by $5/person.  The standard entry fee deadline is 4:00PM on the Wednesday prior to the race.  Race day entries are permitted, but at an increased price.

Each member of a relay team must enter and pay a fee in order to receive a bib and race.  The fee that an entrant must pay is the fee in effect at the time the payment is made, even if a member of their team turned in a form with everyone's name on it when a lower rate was in effect.

CLICK HERE to get race information for this year's Distance Series events.  After clicking on the link, scroll down the page until you get to the event for which you are looking for information.

The Buetow Dental Distance Series, presented by Raven Cross Country features three events: The Gundeloppet 15Km/7.5Km, the January Jaunt 20Km/10Km, and the Raven Romp 30Km/15Km/7.5Km.  Events alternate between classic and freestyle in alternate years. All events will be held in mass-start format.

For 2016-2017 the race dates are:

  • Dec 10: Gundeloppet 15Km/7.5Km free technique
  • Jan 7: January Jaunt 20Km/10Km classic technique
  • Feb 19: Raven Romp 30Km/15Km/7.5Km free technique

Prizes for each race and for the whole series will be provided by Raven Cross Country, and awarded by random drawing. You receive one chance in the drawing for each Distance Series Race you enter. All races start at 11:00am. For entries received early, entry fees are $15 for NSCF members and $20 for non-members. Add $5 for race day entries.

The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks normally hosts the last two races of the Besh Cup series on the first weekend of February.  Traditionally the Saturday race is an interval start event, sometimes with a ski-cross for the younger skiers and the Sunday race is a mass-start event.  For complete information on the Besh Cup series including entry lists and start lists and Junior National and Arctic Winter Games selection criteria, please go to crosscountryalaska.org.

CLICK HERE for information specific to the NSCF races, such as course maps and profiles and stadium diagrams.

Since 1988 the Sonot Kkaazoot has served as Interior Alaska’s springtime celebration of the return of longer days and faster snow. The race was conceived (and for many years organized) by Bad Bob Baker and his extended family. The Sonot Kkaazoot has never been canceled although the route has changed over the years. The name derives from a Koyukon Athabascan word which translates roughly as 'sliding around in springtime'.

The 30th annual Sonot Kkaazoot race will take place on March 25, 2017, and will feature four events with staggered starts:

  • 50 km classic, Mass start at 9:30 a.m.
  • 50 km freestyle, Mass start at 10:00 a.m.
  • 40 km freestyle, Mass start at 10:00 a.m. (includes all of 50 km course except for Competition, Black Hole, North 40, Blue & Outhouse trails)
  • 20 km freestyle, Mass start at 10:30 a.m. (Chena River only)

CLICK HERE to go to the Sonot Kkaazoot registration page.  ALL REGISTRATION IS ONLINE - no paper forms!

All events start and finish on the Chena River at the Centennial Bridge (downtown).

For more information see the Sonot Kkaazoot website.

Wed Night Race Though not an officially sponsored by the Nordic Ski Club, the Wednesday Night Race Series adds mid-week racing to the Fairbanks ski competition event calendar. The motto of the WNR Series is that "ski Races should be Fun, Warm, not take all Day, and not just for Old People.)

Find out more at the WNR Web Site: www.wnrace.com