Athabaskan: Sonot (pronounced “SAW NOT”, “springtime”) Kkaazoot (“to slide your feet across the snow”)
The Sonot Kkaazoot is cancelled; entry fees will not be refunded, but will be used to defray the sunk costs of the race (grooming to date, bibs, awards, honoraria for the schools responsible for the aid stations, etc.).
If you hadn’t previously registered for the 33rd Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot, but would like to contribute to the grooming expenses for the Virtual Sonot Kkaazoot, you can still register here:
This will help the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks face the financial hardship of cancelling one of our signature events.
Virtual 33rd Sonot Kkaazoot (last updated at 7:42 p.m. ADT on 3/20/20)
CHENA RIVER IS NO LONGER SAFE FOR GROOMING OR SKIING.
Race Director Bob Baker has deemed the Chena River to be ungroomable so the VIRTUAL SONOT KKAAZOOT has been moved up to Birch Hill.
So get out there and ski any trails or multiple trails on different days. It’s a virtual Sonot Kkaazoot.
Bad Bob Baker, who has 33 years experience grooming the Chena River, warns that the Sonot Kkaaoot course on the Chena River is no longer safe.
Ski trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area until you reach 20, 40, or 50 km (or any other distance). Send us a screen shot of the display from your GPS route, date, and time to us at: email@example.com . We’ll post the virtual 33rd Sonot Kkaazoot times for all three distances. If you ski low tech, send us your time, date, and detailed course description. The main goal is to get out and ski while we can.
Grooming always depends upon Mother Nature.
Photo of the 2015 start by Chris Hemming
Banner photo courtesy of Retrospection Image.