Sonot Kkaazoot

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.

On 26 March 2016, the 29th annual Sonot Kkaazoot was successfully completed in spite of the unanticipated break-up of a section of the trail along the Chena River. The organizers thank our title sponsor, Denali State Bank, who has provided continuous support to the Sonot Kkaazoot since 1988. In addition, Doyon, LimitedFairbanks North Star Borough Parks and RecreationFort Wainwright, U.S. Army Alaska, and the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks are critically important collaborators in this unique ski event that begins in downtown Fairbanks, traverses the Chena River to Fort Wainwright, and follows Fort Wainwright trails to Birch Hill Recreational Area before returning to the start downtown.  This year, new sponsor, TRaX Outdoor Center, provided ski waxing and music at the Sonot start, and contributed to our trail grooming costs.

Sonot Kkaazoot Bib Pick-up is on Thursday, 24 March 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Doyon, Ltd Building (next to Denali State Bank, 119 North Cushman Street).
Late registration is now underway. Please register prior to bib pick-up to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Secure online registration is available here:

For foreign nationals doing the 40 or 50 km events, we will need your passport number in order for you to traverse Fort Wainwright during the event. Please put your passport number and country in the “Organization” line on the web entry form.

The 28th Annual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot happens in less than a week and things are looking good. Organizers skied the Chena River portion on Sunday and reported solid conditions. The inspections will continue.

The bib pick-up will be on Thursday, March 26, between 5 and 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Doyon Ltd. headquarters. Online registration for the event is closed. Late registrations will be accepted at bib pick-up. Late registration fees for the 20-kilometer event are $35 for skiers 16 or younger on race day and $50 for those 17 and older. Fees for the 40- and 50-kilometer events are $60 for everyone. However, organizers will be able to accept only cash or checks (made payable to “Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks”). Out-of-towners who cannot make it to the bib pick-up can late register (and avoid day-of-race charges) if you email your name, gender, date of birth, event you want to enter, and hometown to (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before 4 p.m. on Thursday. Organizers will assign you a bib to pick up on race day as soon as you pay your late registration by check or cash.

The official results for the 2015 Sonot Kkaazoot are now posted on the Sonot Kkaazoot website:

Snow haulers and shovelers are needed tonight (Wednesday, March 26) to move snow onto icy sections of the Sonot Kkaazoot trail on the Chena River under the Wendell Street and Steese Highway Bridges. There is highway gravel embedded in the ice that needs to be well-covered with snow. Park at Graehl Park and bring snow shovels starting at 5:30 p.m. tonight. Groomers will have large sleds for moving snow to where it is needed. For a map showing the location of Graehl Park see Sonot Kkaazoot website.