32nd Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot

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Athabaskan: Sonot (pronounced “SAW NOT”, “springtime”) Kkaazoot (“to slide your feet across the snow”)

 Saturday, March 23, 2019

50 km freestyle, Mass start at 10:00 a.m. (Chena River, Fort Wainwright, Sonot Connector, all the trails at Birch Hill except Sunnyside and Cliffside)

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)

NOTE:  There will no longer be a separate 50 km classical event. Classical tracks will be set, but classical skiers will start with the 40 and 50 km freestyle skiers at 10:00 a.m.

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

(2019 Sonot Kkaazoot informational pamphlet will be posted here when available) 

Feed stations : every 5 to 6 km beginning at 10:00 a.m.

River Breakup: If the Chena River is deemed unsafe, we will start all events at Birch Hill Recreation Area at 11:00 a.m.

Awards Ceremony: 6:00 p.m. at Birch Hill Ski Center. Soups, breads, other tasty items, and drinks.

Secure online registration for the Sonot Kkaazoot on the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks website will be  available on the REGISTER tab at the top of this site.

Important note for foreign skiers: Because the 40 or 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot course traverses Fort Wainwright land, we need your passport numbers and issuing country to submit to Fort Wainwright before we can issue you a race bib. Thus, no foreign nationals will be allowed to enter the 40 or 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot on day of race.

Entry fees (no refunds–the Sonot Kkaazoot has never been cancelled)

Early registration (must be received by 5 p.m. A.S.T. on 22 February 2019):

20 km event: $15 for skiers 16 or younger on race day; $30 for those 17 or older (NSCF members); $40 for those 17 or older (non-members)

40 km and 50 km events: $40 (NSCF members); $50 (non-members)

Second deadline (must be received by 5 p.m. A.D.T. on 15 March 2019):

20 km events: $25 for skiers 16 or younger; $40 for those 17 or older (NSCF members); $50 for those 17 or older (non-members);

40 km and 50 km events: $50 (NSCF members); $60 (non-members)

Late Registration and bib pick-up (must be received by 7 p.m. on 21 March 2019:

5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, 21 March 2019 at the Doyon, Limited, Headquarters, 1 Doyon Place, downtown Fairbanks

20 km events: $35 for skiers 16 or younger; $50 for those 17 or older (NSCF members); $60 for those 17 or older (non-members)

40 km and 50 km events: $60 (NSCF members); $70 (non-members)

IMPORTANT: Bib pick-up is the last opportunity to change event and/or distance you are entering without paying race day fee.

Day of Race bib pick-up and registration: 8 to 9 a.m. on 23 March 2019:

20 km events: $55 for skiers 16 or younger; $80 for those 17 or older (NSCF members); $90 for those 17 or older (non-members

40 km and 50 km events: $90 (NSCF members); $100 (non-members)

QUESTIONS:  contact@sonotkkaazoot.org

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Photo of the 2015 start by Chris Hemming

Banner photo courtesy of Retrospection Image.

NSCF Sonot training class opens soon

The colder weather will allow the ski trails to set up nicely. Take a break from the  pre-holiday rush to get out and enjoy the fantastic skiing that Birch Hill, UAF, and other local areas offer.

Online registration for the 32nd annual Sonot Kkaazoot will open soon. By registering then, you will be assured the least expensive entry fee, and will have the incentive to start training in earnest.

If you need additional motivation, Kristen Rozell will once again be offering a 2-month long Sonot Training Course that includes technique refinement as well as training and pacing needed for long events. For the skier who wants to successfully ski the 40 or 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot for the first time, this class is for you. Draw on the experience of a successful Sonot Kkaazoot skier who has helped many others train for the Sonot Kkaazoot in the 11 years that she has been offering this class. 

Lock in your slot among the 15 lucky skiers:

https://nordicskicluboffairbanks.wildapricot.org/event-3164689

If you have any questions, you can contain Kristen by email at:   kbrozell@gmail.com. 

Buetow Dental Distance Race #1 course changed

Because of this winter’s unseasonably warm temperatures at Birch Hill Recreation Area and our limited snow pack, the course for the Buetow Dental Distance Race #1 presented by Pangaea Health has changed. The revised course map for 4, 7, and 15 km events can be downloaded below:

The mass start will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday 8 December 2018. To register go to:

https://register.chronotrack.com/r/42668

See you Saturday on the trails.

Training for 32nd Annual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot has begun

First SCUM ski of 2018-19 season

Over twenty SCUM skied the White Bear trail today under remarkably good snow conditions thanks to our Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks groomers headed up by Tom Helmers. Bill and Travis are groomers who are also SCUM. Owen and Chris are missing from this photo as they headed back to the stadium to get warmer kick wax.

Training for the 32nd annual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot has officially started. We have 4 months of training time before race day on March 23, 2019.

Today was the first time out for some SCUM while one overachiever probably has 200 kms on his skis already. SCUM ski the Sonot Kkaazoot but also help organize the event that Bad Bob Baker originated and has resumed heading up again.

Online registration will be available soon. Entry fees are unchanged from last year.

Remember, donations to the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks trail fund and trail sponsors pay for expenses incurred in trail maintenance and grooming. Please make sure you contribute to this ongoing effort:

http://nordicskicluboffairbanks.wildapricot.org/Donate

Enjoy the trails!

Finally, on snow!

Snow has finally arrived in the greater Fairbanks area, and the groomers are busy packing the trails at Birch Hill.

On Sunday, Bill, one of the groomers led a group of three other Sonot organizers on our first on-snow ski adventure. Bill had already skied 100 km this month, so he enjoyed watching the rest of us fall and take rest breaks.

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Photo by Robert Hannon, ace KUAC journalist and director of Northern Soundings.

First Town Race is this Saturday. Get out and enjoy the snow. The Sonot Kkaazoot is just 4 months away!

 

No Fairbanks snow in late October isn’t unique

Although we are firmly in new record territory for the late arrival of Fairbanks’ first snowfall at the airport, we have had brown Octobers previously. In his blog post from  October 2013, Richard James from the National Weather Service notes that the ground was bare and the temperature in Fairbanks had reached 51 deg F on 28 October 2013:

http://ak-wx.blogspot.com/2013/10/record-warmth-again.html

Yet, the 2014 Sonot Kkaazoot had excellent spring skiing conditions as noted by Dermot Cole’s Alaska Dispatch column:

https://www.adn.com/sports/article/excellent-spring-skiing-fairbanks-draws-hundreds-trails/2014/03/31/

I agree that it is very frustrating to not be skiing in October, but the snow will come. The Birch Hill trails that have been mowed and summer trail work will make grooming easier. Groomers have been busy working on the new terrain garden so the late arrival of snow has avoided their early season burnout.

 

Just 5 months until the 32nd annual Sonot Kkaazoot

Bad Bob has developed the schedule for the 32nd annual Sonot Kkaazoot, which is a mere 5 months away.

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Check the main Sonot Kkaazoot page for all the details. https://sonotkkaazoot.org/

Registration fees will be the same as last year. All registration will be online except at bib pick-up on Thursday, 21 March 2019, and from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. on race day.  In person registration will be at late- and day-of-race entry fee levels.

The main change for the 32nd annual Sonot Kkaazoot is that there will no longer be a separate 50 km classical event. Classical tracks will be set for the entire 50 km course, but classical skiers will start and compete with the 50 km freestyle skiers for overall and age-class awards.

The online registration page will be live soon.