More out-of-towners ski new Sonot Kkaazoot courses

The 35th Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot introduced skiers to three new courses, all at Birch Hill. These courses led to interesting demographics with respect to skiers’ hometowns. In the 10 km event, we had seven skiers from California (Los Angeles or Palmdale) and one from Connecticut. The 30 km course was dominated by local skiers with only one skier from Anchorage and one from Port Angeles, Washington. In the marque 50 km event, we had 10 finishers from Anchorage and the Mat-Su area, two skiers from Estonia, and one from New Hampshire.

We hope that out-of-town skiers return for the 36th Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot and bring your families and friends. Hopefully, we can safely return to having the celebratory awards ceremony with our handmade age-class woodels.

Early registration ends Monday night

Sonot Kkaazoot organizer, Bad Bob Baker has recruited help for staffed feed stations, so sign up now for the 35th Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot.

Early registration ends at 11:59.59 p.m. ADT on Monday, 21 March 2022, and ALL REGISTRATION CLOSES at 8 p.m. on Thursday, 24 March 2022.

If you are not skiing, please consider volunteering for the Sonot Kkaazoot. We still need timers, and Gina Baker Chythlook will provide you with homemade goodies while you work. Bad Bob Baker would also appreciate some help with Sonot Kkaazoot course set-up and take-down as his normally boundless energy has been compromised by post-COVID fatigue.

Please let me know if you can volunteer your assistance:

Sonot Timers Needed: Will be kept well fed and caffeinated

Bad Bob Baker has been recruiting volunteers for the 35th Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot and is using his daughter Gina, as a secret weapon. Gina Chythlook will serve as Sonot Timing Building “Hostess” (Bad Bob’s term), providing coffee, soup, and homemade goodies in the basement of the timing building. I can personally attest to the high quality of Gina’s goodies, as pre-pandemic she provided soups for the Sonot Kkaazoot awards banquet, and goodies for Bad Bob’s Moose Mountain tour at her parents’ house.

The greatest volunteer need is currently for Sonot Kkaazoot timers to work with Anna Sorensen, who will train her volunteers well. If you are planning to ski the Sonot Kkaazoot, you may want to volunteer to help Bob with stadium set-up or take down so that you can take advantage of Gina’s treats and hospitality.

Bakers and DiFolco skiing at Canmore World Masters

Bad Bob and Sharon Baker, and Donna DiFolco skied in World Masters in Canmore last week. What a glorious setting! Notice Bad Bob wore his 30th anniversary Sonot Kkaazoot hat while skiing the 30 km FS race: World Masters are a great event for sharpening your training for the Sonot Kkaazoot.

Bad Bob Baker racing his 30 km CL race at World Masters–photo by Sharon Baker
Sharon Baker skiing at World Masters–photo by Bob Baker
Donna DiFolco tucking for her fast downhills at World Masters–photo by Bob Baker
Happy DeVoe Sisters–photo by Bob Baker
Bad Bob Baker, Sonot Kkaazoot organizer–photo by Sharon Baker
Bad Bob in action–photo by Sharon Baker

Now that Bad Bob is back in Fairbanks, he’d like you to know that we still need volunteers to help assure a smoothly run 35th Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot.

2022 Sonot Kkaazoot Course Maps

2022 Sonot Kkaazoot course maps with course profiles are available for download at the “Courses (download)” tab at the top of the Sonot Kkaazoot home page.

We sincerely thank John Estle for putting together this fantastic course maps.

Bad Bob Baker has made sure that all participants in the Sonot Kkaazoot will get their money’s worth of skiing. According to John’s software, the 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot course is 50.728 km and has 1,689 m of total climb. Those skiing the 30 km course, will get 30.707 km of trail with 1,035 m climb. Even the 10 km skiers will get a little bonus because the 10 km course measures out at 10.231 km with only 288 m of climb.

SCUM and others ski the Virtual Skiathon

(Scroll down to results that we uploaded on 3/11/22)

A large group of SCUM and friends headed out on their Virtual Skiathon today at 10 a.m.

All photos (except where noted otherwise) were taken by Eric Troyer, who warmed up for the Virtual Skiathon by skiing the 26 mile Chena River to Ridge Endurance Race on Saturday. Corrine Leistikow also skied the 26 mile Chena River to Ridge Race.

Virtual Skiathon group at 10 a.m. — photo taken by a wise skier who did not want to be associated with the SCUM

Although “the graveyard” (aka Miller Hill) section of the Skarland Trail hadn’t been groomed, most of the SCUM and others managed to negotiate the ungroomed sections, but none as skillfully as Sam Bishop.

Sam Bishop (on right) stands upright on his skis like he did even on the ungroomed sections of the Skarland Trail
SCUM returning to the official start line of the Skiathon to regroup (a typical SCUM move)

Because this blogger was the course sweep, I am unable to provide captions for the Skiathon photographs so I’ve invented something to cover the Olympus digital camera advertisement that accompanied Eric’s photos.

Skiers pause briefly so Eric can take a photograph
Greg Kahoe skis without groomed tracks
Byron Broda relaxing on Vitual Skiathon Tour —photo by Bill Husby
Corrine Leistikow skis down the Skarland Trail
Don Pendergrast upright before rest stop —photo by Dan Johnson
Don’s reverse squat after rest break—photo by Dan Johnson
Happy Virtual Skiathon finishers
Joanna greets Mike Schmoker as he slows down to finish his virtual Skiathon
Early SCUM finishers celebrate with beer—photo by Dan Johnson

Owen Hanley wins World Masters bronze medal today in Canmore

Owen Hanley in route to his bronze medal in M10 class for 10 km classical race–photo by Bob Baker

Under bluebird skies and on beautifully groomed trails, Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks skier, Owen Hanley, was third in his M10 class with a time of 37:51 in today’s World Masters 10 km classical race. Owen’s podium performance is even more amazing in that he’s on the old end of his age category.

For many years, Owen has been a key volunteer for the Sonot Kkaazoot Awards Banquet, where he headed up the kitchen staff. Go, Owen!

Update on 9 March 2022: Owen Hanley earned a silver metal today skiing in the Men’s M10 4 x 5 km relay. France won the gold and hometown Canada won the bronze. Will post more details if Bad Bob sends photos and story.