The following are Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks tours that have been scheduled so far. Tours will be added as tour leaders step forward to volunteer and set dates. Some are already being planned! 

For any questions or to volunteer to lead a tour please contact one of our Tour Coordinators:

• Mike Schmoker: msfbcski [at] gmail.com; 455-6848

• Eric Troyer: fbxskierparent [at] gmail.com; 455-6641


Cleary-Summit to Chatanika Lodge via Margaret’s Corner

When: Saturday, 25 February 2017

Start time and place: Meet at Skiland Road parking lot with the DOTPF videocam just off the Steese at 11 AM. Carpool to Chatanika Lodge to place car at tour’s end, then backtrack to start at ridge above Cleary-Steese Col. ("Col" is a French word that means a saddle in the ridge.  This col is the lowpoint on the Steese between Cleary Creek headwaters and Last Chance Creek on the other side to the west.)

Estimated tour time: Two to four hours

Description: Advanced/ intermediate ski with variable terrain and some steep downhills and tight turns (most can be traversed or walked); skins advisable, if have. Beautiful forest past historic Davidson Ditch to end at Chatanika Lodge, but not before overflow at base of Lulu Creek and crossing the tailings (will probably have to break out trail here). Can be extremely cold down in this valley. Recommend bringing lunch/snack, unless can hold out till Lodge. K-9s welcome.

Leader: PS Marshall (457-3895 or @ Cleary 389-2449; <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>).   

(This was rescheduled from February 11 due to cold temperatures.)


Easy Isberg Trails Tour

When: Sunday, February 26, 2017

Start time and place: Meet at 11 a.m. at the parking lot just off Oboe Court. (Parks to Cripple Creek to Isberg to Oboe. Or Chena Ridge to Isberg to Oboe.) 

Estimated tour time: 2 hours

Description: This will be four or five easy miles on trails with mild up and downhills. Beginners and friendly dogs welcome. Friendly beginners and dogs welcome. Experienced skiers welcome. 

Leader: Steven Hansen (stevenseanhansen [at] gmail.com; 799-5627)


Goldstream East Ski (and climbing) Tour

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017

Start time and place: 10am; pullout at about Mile 2.5 Ballaine Road just before the Goldstream Creek bridge

Estimated tour time: 3-4 hours

Description: We’ll start on the old Tanana Valley Railroad trail and see if we can find the remains of an old railroad bridge. Then we'll head over to find a "pingo" that's probably really a pile of old mining tailings. We can climb it and take in the view.

Then, depending on the group, we'll head back the way we came or we see if we can find a connecting trail to a trail that's a bit higher and parallels the north side of Skyline Ridge. We might even look for an old cabin off that trail. Finally, we'll take the higher trail back to where it meets the valley trail.

Beginners welcome! 

Leader: Eric Troyer, fbxskierparent (at) gmail.com; 455-6641




Rat Ponds Tour

When: Sunday Feb 19, 2017 

Canceled if airport temp is 20 below and colder at 11 am. https://weather.com/weather/today/l/FAI:9:US

Start time and place: 12 noon at Double Eagle/Fairbanks Golf and Country Club (just E of Farmers Loop and Ballaine Rd. intersection).

Estimated tour time: 3 hours

Description: With luck there will be set classic tracks so bring track skis.  We’ll start on the golf course trails and then the mushing trails to the Rat Pond where will check out Muskrat push up mounds.  After circling each lake, it is on to more mushing trails, then we pass the leaning pole (a remnant of early radio communication) and wind down onto peat ponds and back around to the golf course.

No dogs please.

Beginners welcome! 

Leader: Stan Justice 479-5017 stanjustice (at) acsalaska.net 

(This was rescheduled from February 12 due to cold temperatures.)


Goldstream Sports Classic Trails Tour

When: Saturday, Feb 18, 2017

Start time and place: 1 p.m. at Goldstream Sports parking lot, across from Ann's Greenhouse on Sheep Creek Road.

Estimated tour time: 1.5 to 2 hours

Description: ​These are ​easy rolling classic-only trails through the woods, with just a couple steep drops you can walk around​

Leader: Cam Leonard (canoecam [at] gmail.com; 907/750-3084)


North Bear Creek Ridge Nordic Ski Tour at Cleary-Summit 

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017

Start time and place: Meet at DOTPF parking lot just off the Steese Highway at the start of  Skiland Road at 11am.  Car pool to start at Fairbanks Creek-Fish Creek Rd. intersection.

Estimated tour time: About 4 hours

Description: ​Intermediate/advanced-level ski, out and back on snowmobiled Fairbanks Creek Rd., then on to trapper’s trail (may have to break out) above Bear Creek.  Depending on conditions, we may descend to Bear Creek and re-ascend on broken-out trail on steep ridge (skins mandatory) to Fairbanks Creek Rd.  Otherwise we’ll do an out and back on the trapper’s trail on the ridge with fine views of this historic mining area.  Usually warmer up here as the sun returns.  Dogs welcomed.

Leader: PS Marshall (457-3895 or @ Cleary 389-2449; <pmarshall[at]acetekk.com>) 

(This tour was altered bc of low temps and no one at meeting point at start time)


Skarland Ski Trail Tour

When: Sunday, January 29, 2017

Start time and place: 11 a.m. at Pearl Creek Elementary School parking lot.

Estimated tour time: 1.5 to 2 hours or more

Description: ​ We will tour up the powerline and around the bowl, crossing Wolverine Lane, Ballaine Rd, Kingfisher Rd.  At the bottom of the Mooses Schuss we can either head back to the cars or continue on to UAF and then return.  The short tour is about 6K and the long tour 14K.  The hard core could even do the historic Skiathon 20K racecourse.  The route is rolling hills and with any luck will have set classic tracks. Cancelled if NSCF Birch Hill weather page http://www.nscfairbanks.org/ temp is below -20 F at 10 am.

Dogs:  Since we are in over 100 backyards best to make this one dog free.

Leader:  Stan Justice 479-5017  stanjustice(at)acsalaska.net


ALPA [Alaska Long Phase Array]-C Trail at Cleary-Summit

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017  

Start time and place: Meet at DOTPF parking lot just off the Steese Highway at the start of  Skiland Road at 11 AM.  We’ll car pool to start off the Ft. Knox Rd. where we may have to shovel out parking spot. 

Estimated tour time: About 4 hours

Description: Intermediate/advanced-level ski, 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. Bring your lunch if you get hungry. High Gateway to the Fairbanks Creek gold workings.  Skins can be very useful, if you have them.  Dogs welcomed.

Leader: PS Marshall (457-3895 or @ Cleary 389-2449; <pmarshall[at]acetekk.com>) 


East End Chatanika-Tanana Valley Railroad Roundtrip 

When: Saturday, January 21, 2017

Start time and place: Meet 11 am at the Chatanika Lodge ~MP 27 Steese Highway out by the burned gold dredge.

Estimated tour time: About 2.5 hours

Description: Beginner level; flat (unless we decide to head up to Whiskey Gulch). We’ll ski west on the old RR grade (usually snowmobiled) past the dredge, old mines, new mines and railroad ruins, then turn around and come back.  This tour can open up many fine, forgotten tours in the region.  It can be cold down here so have good mittens and boot covers.  We often adjourn to the Lodge thereafter.  Canines always welcome.

Leader: Philip S. Marshall (457-3895 or pmarshall [at] acetekk.com)


Gunn Creek “Red Hot Mama” Roundtrip ski tour

When: Saturday, 14 January 2017.  

Start time and place: Meet at UAF/CRREL Permafrost Tunnel parking lot off the New Steese before Fox at 11:00 am.

Estimated tour time: 2.5 hours,

Description: Intermediate level; rolling terrain with long climb up (if have skins, bring, as trail only partially broken out) through mixed forest, then rollicking descent with best woodsy turns anywhere.  Usually cold as we climb out of inversion.   

Leader: Philip Marshall, 457-3895; pmarshall (at) acetekk.com


Rosie Creek Ramble

When: Sunday, January 8, 2017

Start time and place: 11am, Rosie Creek Trail (see directions below)

Estimated tour time: 1.5 to 2 hours

Description: A mellow 4-mile ski on the Rosie Creek trails. Beginners very welcome as is anyone who would like an introduction to the huge system of unmaintained ski trails out there. The trail crosses a small beaver pond, then gently climbs up a ridge into warmer temperatures. After following the ridge for nearly a mile, it loops back down to where we started. No cancellation temperature. 

We will meet at a small pull off on the side of Rosie Creek Trail. To get there, take the Parks Highway to Cripple Creek and drive down it until it becomes a dirt road. The next right is Rosie Creek, and the pull off is a little over a mile down. I'll be there in a red pickup truck with a friendly white dog who loves company. 

Leader: Steven Hansen (stevenseanhansen (at) gmail.com; 799-5627)


Get Out the Blues Tour: Ace Lake

When: Sunday, December 18, 2016

Start time and place: Meet at Gold Hill Store on the Parks Highway at noon 

Estimated time: Three hours

Description: We will drive to Gold Hill Road to access the trail to Ace Lake. At this time of year it can be cold along this mostly flat, low trail so dress appropriately for conditions. Friendly dogs are welcome.

Leader: Barb O’Donnell 479-0302


Annual Pre-Solstice Ski Tour: East Eldorado Ridge to Goldstream Road

When: Saturday, December 17, 2016

Start time and place: 11am, pullout across from Buck’s Drive on Goldstream Road

Estimated time: 4-plus hours

Description: Start with a short car shuttle to the trailhead at the top of Waterford Road. This is a long ski along the top of the ridge to the east of Eldorado Creek and then dropping down to Eldorado Creek Trail and skiing back to our cars. A short section will involve good snow plowing or telemarking skills.

Leader: Mike Schmoker (msfbcski [at] gmail.com; 455-6848)


Goldstream Bushwhack and Ski Adventure!

When: Sunday, December 4, 2016

Start time and place: 11am, Ballaine Road, Goldstream Creek pullout

Estimated tour time: 2 to 4 hours

Description: There is a string of ponds and sloughs on the NE side of the Goldstream flats.  Perhaps it is the old channel before it was ditched?  Makes for good skiing with scant snowfall.  To start we will have to cross the creek via road bridge, then clamber down the embankment and make it a half-mile on the trail before bushwhacking to the first pond.  Goldstream Valley records the coldest temperatures in the borough.

Leader: Stan Justice  (479-5017; stanjustice [at] acsalaska.net).

(canceled due to cold temperatures)






The ski touring season has begun and several Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks tours are on the schedule.

Mike Schmoker and Cam Leonard have again agreed to run the program this year. Their goal is to organize a collective effort for people to share their favorite tours with each other. They would like to see a range of different tours offered in terms of location, length and difficulty. Even if you are not hard-core and prefer a shorter and less challenging outing, rest assured that other club members may want to join you. If you are interested in leading and or sharing your favorite ski, please contact Mike (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Cam (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

As the touring schedule develops, some tours will be planned far enough in advance to be listed in the Alaska Nordic Skier newsletter, while others will be posted to the touring page on the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks website, and /or announced through the listserv and Facebook. Make sure you check the website for updates and that your membership is up to date with your current email address. Hopefully, with help from others, more tours can be added to the calendar.

The Rosie Creek Trails Tour scheduled for Saturday, March 14, has been canceled because the Tanana River Challenge race will be happening on the same day on the same trail. That probably wouldn’t make for a very relaxing tour. But Touring Coordinator Mike Schmoker is offering a different tour that day. Mike will lead a tour in the White Mountains.

  • March 14, 2015 – White Mountains Tour. This is a 12-14 mile, several-hour, out-and-back tour that heads out the Wickersham Creek Trail. The tour will enjoy nice views of the White Mountains and will stop just shy of Lee’s Cabin. Intermediate beginner to intermediate level skills needed. Meet at the Fox weigh station at 10:30am to carpool to the trailhead at Mile 28 Elliot Highway. For questions contact Mike Schmoker (455-694; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  

Unfortunately, the Stew on the Slough Tour, scheduled for Sunday, March 22, has been canceled due to a bad knee. If anyone would like to add a tour before the season ends, please contact Mike Schmoker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

Another option for that day is the Skiathon at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. It is both a race and a tour, classic style only, and covers almost all the trails at UAF. For more information see: https://sites.google.com/a/alaska.edu/trails/home/events 

The Ester Neighborhood Tour, scheduled for March 1, 2015, has been canceled due to icy conditions. Sorry for the inconvenience.