What a trail groomer does in his spare time . . .

Ever wonder what a Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks trail groomer does in his spare time?  He skis, of course. But if there’s a trail not groomed, Bill Husby will  remedy that situation with his skis.

Poles reconsidering ski grooming the Tommy Knocker

Poles reconsidering skiing in the Tommy Knocker—photo by Joanna Fox

Thanks to Joanna Fox who took this video, and to Bill, Bernardo Hernandez, and Joanna, who helped make the last installment of my virtual 50 km Sonot Kkaazoot, a truly memorable day.

As you can see, most of the Black Loop trails were in absolutely awesome condition.

Enjoy the penultimate day of the Virtual Sonot Kkaazoot. The event ends Saturday, 28 March 2020.

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

Pete Leonard 50 km winner.jpg

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.

Visualize Skiing the Sonot Kkaazoot


To help the first time participant in the Sonot Kkaazoot, here are a few videos of the 40 and 50 km events taken by Dermot Cole in 2015. The first clip is the mass start for the 40 and 50 km freestyle events:

Here is the climb up the Fort Wainwright alpine ski hill to the base of the Sonot Connector:

and 28 km later coming down the same hill:

Remember, if you smile, it’s no big deal.

Here’s Robert Hannon, Sonot military contact AND coordinator for FWW road crossings finishing:

Sign up now for the lowest entry fees. Early registration ends in less than two weeks on 26 February 2016.