Awards not retrieved at Awards Banquet

Although woodels (age class awards) are not specific to specific year, the overall first, second, and third place awards in the 20 km, 40 km, 50 km, and 50 CL are specific to the 2018 Sonot Kkaazoot. So we would like to get these individually crafted awards into the hands of the awardees. Please check the provisional overall results and if you won an overall award and didn’t claim it at the Awards Banquet, please contact the Awards Maker, Mike Schmoker at: and he’ll leave your award at the Birch Hill Recreation Area Building for you to retrieve or make other arrangements.

Sonot Photos from Fort Wainwright

Photos from the 2018 Sonot Kkaazoot Fort Wainwright road crossings are available at the link below. The photos are free to download. If you do download, please donate to the Birch Hill Trail Fund ( If you would like a larger version of a photo just send an email to Eric at He’ll ask again for you to donate to the Birch Hill Trail Fund, but he’ll send you a larger version of the photo(s) for free.

Saturday morning report from Tom Helmers

From Birch Hill head groomer, Tom Helmers: At the River this morning at 2:15 a.m. it was +7 deg F, +10 deg at the Lodge, +15 deg at Sonot Junction. At 5 a.m., it was +7 deg at the 5 km marker on White Bear.

Everything is looking great! The groomers literally were up all night making conditions great for the 31st annual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot.


Sonot Kkaazoot looks good for Chena River start

At the end of late registration for the 31st annual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot, we have 306 skiers entered. Of those skiers, 123 are signed up to ski the 40 or 50 km events with the majority of skiers opting for the shorter 20 km course on the Chena River.

Bad Bob Baker, chief-of-course, has drilled ice on the Chena River in all the usual problem areas, and has determined that the race is a go for the traditional Chena River start and finish.

Day-of-race registration, bib pick-up, and Sonot Kkaazoot hat sales will be in the Doyon, Ltd building from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturday. After 9 a.m., you may pick up your bib on the Chena River from Dan Johnson. He’ll have a table with bibs and bib ties outside near the start. DO NOT DISTURB the timing crew in the visqueen shelter.

You may leave your dry clothes in the Doyon, Ltd. building as a security person will be working until about 4 p.m. Doyon, Ltd. has been a Sonot Kkaazoot sponsor for many years and we really appreciate their contribution to holding this unique spring event.