Early registration for 2018 Sonot Kkaazoot is open

Early online registration for the 2018 Sonot Kkaazoot events: 50 km classical technique, 50 km freestyle (FS), 40 km FS, and 20 km FS is OPEN. Just click on the “Register” page at the top of the Sonot Kkaazoot website, and you’ll be taken to the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks secure Wild Apricot site to sign up.

Consider a Sonot Kkaazoot entry as a holiday gift for yourself or your favorite nordic skier. It will be a great motivation to jump start training with the “Ski your age in kilometers” event on December 26, 2017.

Alan Delamere, 82 years young, has already signed up for the 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot. Why haven’t you? Check the “Entries” page for other frugal 2018 Sonot Kkaazoot participants.

 

Great Tracks and Sunshine on a Subzero Day

The 31st annual Sonot Kkaazoot is only 4 months away. The Jim Whisenhant Cross Country Ski Trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area have been groomed to perfection after our ample November snowfalls. Although temperatures were in the -5 deg F range this morning, the sunshine and piston bully groomed Sunnyside Trail made for an enjoyable training workout.Sunny day on the Sunnyside trail

Don’t forget that these trails are maintained year round by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks with costs of labor, fuel, and equipment repair supported through contributions to the Trail fund. Please donate to make sure that this wonderful grooming continues. Here is the URL for the secure site:

https://nordicskicluboffairbanks.wildapricot.org/Donate/

The secure site for Sonot Kkaazoot registration will be set up soon. The work associated with the new Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks website has delayed some of the back end functions (like secure purchases) temporarily. However, we’ll let you know when the Sonot Kkaazoot registration is available.

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31st Annual Sonot Kkaazoot

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

 Saturday, March 24, 2018

50 km (classical technique), Mass start at 9:30 a.m.

50 km freestyle, Mass start at 10:00 a.m.

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)

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

Feed stations hosted by local ski teams and groups: 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 at 10:30 a.m.

Awards Ceremony: 6:00 p.m. at Birch Hill Ski Center. Soups, breads, other tasty items, and drinks will be provided by Foundation Health Partners. Local skiers are asked to bring either salads or desserts to serve 10 hungry skiers. 

Secure online registration for the Sonot Kkaazoot on the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks Wild Apricot secure website IS 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 after bib pick-up on 22 March 2018.

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

Early registration (must be received by 5 p.m. A.S.T. on 23 February 2018):

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 16 March 2018):

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 22 March 2018:

5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, 22 March 2018 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 24 March 2018:

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: sonotkkaazoot@nscfairbanks.org

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Photo of the 2015 start by Chris Hemming

Banner photo courtesy of Retrospection Image.