Summary of the 26th Annual Sonot Kkaazoot

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The 26th Annual Sonot Kkaazoot is now history. 279 Racers braved the cold new snow and wind to finish one of the 4 Sonot Kkaazoot events. A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR AWESOME GROOMERS who made the cold new snow a little more bearable. Tom Helmers was out on the Birch Hill trails at 1 a.m. race day. Russ Lizotte, Ken Coe, and Andy Blossy started at 6 a.m. setting new tracks on the river. Our race day volunteers put in very long hours in the cold, and we are sincerely grateful for their essential assistance.  OUR VOLUNTEERS INSURED A SAFE AND WELL-RUN EVENT AND WE CANNOT THANK THEM ENOUGH.

Bad Bob Baker is amazing and his contribution to this year’s event was remarkable.

Check back for Daniel Baker’s amazing event photos for sale, soon. 

Congratulations to:

50 km Sonot Kkaazoot winners: Viktor Brannmark (UAA) and Raphaela Sieber (UAF)You made the harsh conditions look easy!

20 km Sonot Kkaazoot winners: Tristan Sayre and Jade Hajdukovich. These outstanding junior skiers have an amazing future ahead.

40 km Sonot Kkaazoot winnersJonathan Koenig and Kristan Kelly

50 km Classical Technique Sonot Kkaazoot winnersTyson Flaharty and Corrine Leistikow. Although there were only 11 racers in this division, there were three medical doctors in this event. 

Thank you to all participants. Please come back next year. Saturday, 23 March 2013 wasn’t normal spring equinox weather conditions. If you have any comments, you’d like to share or suggestions for improving this event, please leave a comment for us and I’ll contact you offline for details.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner stories on the event by Bob Eley:

Dermot Cole’s column on this year’s Sonot Kkaazoot:

34th Denali State Bank Sonot Kkaazoot (Virtual)


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:

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:

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.


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Photo of the 2015 start by Chris Hemming

Banner photo courtesy of Retrospection Image.