Bad Bob speaks about Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot

I went up to Birch Hill this morning (Monday) and traveled around all the Sonot Kkaazoot courses and removed all the kilometer markers, banner, and any other course markings, officially putting a close to this year’s courses. While I cruised the courses on my Skandic SWT with my 6′ groomer, leaving behind nothing but corduroy, I ran into Tom Helmers with the PistenBully, freshly regrooming the entire Birch Hill trail system.  I also got to follow a young bull moose for quite a spell down near the biathlon range. My other task today, was to GPS next year’s courses, which will hopefully include Sunnyside in both the 30 and 50 k, and on the 2nd lap of the 50 will take in half the Sunnyside again, along with Cliffside to the bottom, then back up Sonot Connector to White Bear. My measurements came out within a small fraction of a kilometer of being spot on!   

Let’s all hope that we’re back to a mass start, socially mingling, feed stations, award banquet kind of SONOT… Thanks to all that got out there and enjoyed the skiing over the past 2 weeks.  DON’T forget to send in your stories and times or whatever, to contact@sonotkkaazoot.org by this Wednesday, March 31.  

Also, there are still 2021 SONOT  POSTERS available for a $50.00 trail donation.  Contact Bad Bob to arrange for one of these cool posters before they’re gone…..(907) 455-6689.  If I don’t answer, just leave a message…

Limited edition 2021 Sonot Kkaazoot print

A special 13″ x 19″ Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot 2021 poster designed and signed by artist, Mark Ross, will be available for purchase this Sunday, 28 March 2021 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Birch Hill Recreation Area log warming hut. Posters will be available on a first come basis and may be purchased with cash, checks written to “Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks”, or donations to the Birch Hill Trail fund (with “Sonot Poster” entered in the comments box).

Only 50 signed and numbered posters will be available for $50.00 with proceeds benefiting the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks and the Sonot Kkaazoot. In a normal year, the registration fee for the 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot would have cost you the same amount.

You must wear a facemask (we hope you’ll be wearing your 2021 Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot mask) to enter the warming hut for this event. Social distancing will be enforced.

2021 Sonot Kkaazoot face masks available for pick-up

Thanks to support from Denali State Bank and the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, 2021 virtual Sonot Kkaazoot facemasks designed by Daniel Baker will be available for pick-up in the log warming hut starting this afternoon around 2 p.m.

Individually bagged facemasks will be available to those skiers who have skied any of the 3 Sonot Kkaazoot courses (10, 30 or 50 km). One per skier please. Make sure you pick up yours if Bad Bob or I haven’t already given you one. If the facemasks box in the warming hut is empty, leave a comment below, and we’ll have Bad Bob restock it.

Extra credit: Are you in the Sonot Kkaazoot photo shown above from over 20 years ago?

SCUM model Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot face masks

Bill Husby and Carl Hemming (the poser, who hasn’t submitted a Sonot result) model swag for 2021 Virtual Sonot Kkaazoot skiers.

The special swag from this year’s Sonot Kkaazoot may be able to keep everyone safe from COVID-19 if you happen to be in the warm-up hut when these guys are there.

Did Carl ski a virtual Sonot Kkaazoot or is he a professional model?

Waiting for warmer temperatures may mean skiing through new snow

If you’ve been waiting for warmer temperatures to do your virtual Sonot Kkaazoot, you might find yourself plodding through more new snow. The extended weather outlooks for the remaining weeks before the 2021 Denali State Bank Virtual Sonot Kkaazoot ends are not springlike.

Here are the predictions for this weekend’s temperature and precipitation:

And here are the predictions for the following week:

So, those skiers who wait until the Sonot Kkaazoot weekend may have kilometer markers, but there’s no guarantee of springlike weather. So enjoy the great grooming now and start skiing your virtual Sonot Kkaazoot.

Virtual Sonot Swag to Keep You Safe

Thanks to Denali State Bank, title sponsor for the Sonot Kkaazoot for 34 years, and the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, all virtual Sonot skiers will receive at no cost, 34th Annual Denali State Bank Virtual Sonot Kkaazoot facemasks.

These facemasks were designed by Daniel Baker, son of Bad Bob Baker, Sonot Kkaazoot race organizer. We’ll let you know where to pick-up your facemask after you report your time(s).

34th Annual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot facemask designed by Daniel Baker

34th Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot (Virtual)

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

Saturday, 13 March 2021 until Sunday, 28 March 2021

The virtual 34th annual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot is officially in the record books. Skiers have until Wednesday, 31 March 2021 to submit reports and times to the email at the bottom of this post. If you don’t see your report posted within 24 hours, please send again. Google mail has been doing mysterious things.

Scroll down for RESULTS that will be posted in the order that they are recieved. Please enter a comment on the appropriate blogpost if you see anything amiss in my reports of the virtual Sonot Kkaazoot.

See post Sonot Kkaazoot message from Bad Bob here: https://sonotkkaazoot.org/2021/03/30/bad-bob-speaks-about-denali-state-bank-sonot-kkaazoot/

All participants are highly encouraged to make a TRAIL DONATION on behalf of the Virtual Sonot Kkaazoot, but it’s not a requirement. You can leave cash or checks in the iron ranger at Birch Hill Recreation Area or make an online donation here: https://nordicskicluboffairbanks.wildapricot.org/Donate/

Denali State Bank along with the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks will be offering free Sonot Kkaazoot reusable face masks for any skiers who wish to have one while supplies last. They are currently available in the log warming hut at Birch Hill Recreation Area.

2021 Sonot Kkaazoot posters by Mark Ross are still available from Bad Bob (see his message at the URL given above) for a $50 trails donation.

Enjoy spring skiing. I look forward to seeing you at the 35th annual Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot.

VIRTUAL SONOT KKAAZOOT REPORTS and QUESTIONS:  contact@sonotkkaazoot.org

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Photo of the 2015 start by Chris Hemming

Banner photo courtesy of Retrospection Image.