Photographs from the 20 km turnaround


Bad Bob Baker, Sonot Kkaazoot founder and chief of course–photo by Eric Troyer

Eric Troyer, SCUM volunteer during the Sonot Kkaazoot (who is currently running the White Mountain 100) has shared a google album of his photographs:

You are free to download any photographs, but if you download, he asks that you contribute to the Birch Hill trails fund:

(If you need a larger version of a specific photo, Eric can email you one: fbxskierparent [at] DIGITAL CAMERA

2017 Sonot Kkaazoot winners

Although all the 236 Sonot Kkaazoot skiers who finished the 30th annual Sonot Kkaazoot were winners (especially those skiers who volunteered and skied), the skiers who crossed the finish line first were:

Pete Leonard 50 km Men’s winner in 2:38:08.4

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Kate Fitzgerald 50 km Women’s winner in 2:55:25.9:


Bruce Miller 50 km CL Men’s winner in 3:20:55.9:


Hilary Saucy 50 CL Women’s winner in 4:26:30.9


Neill Toelle 40 km Men’s winner in 2:25:37.5:


Davya Flaharty 40 km Women’s winner in 2:46:51.2:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Jonathan Burrell 20 km Men’s winner in 52:53.8

Rebecca Konieczny 20 km Women’s winner in 55:30.9


All photos by Eric Troyer of skiers at 20 km turnaround point on Fort Wainwright. Will try to add other photos later. Some skiers bibs were covered at this point so their identity is uncertain.

Items left at the Sonot Kkaazoot start/finish

Items left at the Sonot Kkaazoot start and finish area on the Chena River and at the Doyon Ltd. Building on race day that weren’t claimed at the Awards Ceremony have been left in the lost and found area on the second floor of the main Birch Hill Recreation Area Building. A pair of ski poles and a pair of ski boots (in a canvas bag) are among the items left behind.

30th consecutive Sonot Kkaazoot is in the books!

Thanks to the amazing efforts of Tom Helmers, Bill Husby, Ken Coe, and Bad Bob Baker, the trails for the Sonot Kkaazoot were in fantastic shape in spite of the cold snow. As noted earlier, today’s temperature at the Fort Wainwright alpine hill was 62 deg cooler than last year so all finishers today deserve a huge pat on the back.

Preliminary results are posted on the “Results” page above. Send us an email to: if you see any problems.

See you at the Awards Ceremony.

Saturday morning trail report

Tom Helmers, head groomer for the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, reported at 2:30 a.m. that the temperature at the Fort Wainwright alpine lodge is 62 deg cooler than last year. Thus, there will be no water over the trail anywhere today.

Also, a truck is still stuck in the trail as it comes off the river. Here’s hoping that the owner doesn’t choose today to retrieve it.

See you at the start on the Chena River at the Cushman Street Bridge.