SCUM also rises on Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday for the Sonot Kkaazoot organizers felt like a resurrection after we watched winter melt away during our event Saturday that from start to finish took barely 6 hours. Seeing as none of us wanted to ski out onto the Chena River today, we decided to examine the largest south facing slope whose melting snow helped feed the river flow as yesterday unfolded. The Sonot Connector is south facing and by mid afternoon it was a combination of deep slush and bare ground. This morning, it was icy and the trail rattled beneath our skis. Don missed one of the curves and face planted a foot shy of a tree:

Close-up on Don after head first fall on Sonot Connector

Don was fine and we progressed downhill to where the Sonot Connector joins the Fort Wainwright alpine hill. A slush pond had formed there and Poles (the Eddie Haskell of the SCUM) tried to splash those of us nearby and ended up cooling off in the slush pond.

Poles down on Easter off Sonot Connector

Notice how no one is offering to assist him. However, demonstrating the flexibility of his bionic knees, Bill rises:

Poles demonstrating flexion in his bionic knees

and joins us for a group photo:

Up and ready to head up alpine hill

and a trek up the alpine hill (the way the Sonot Kkaazoot used to go).

SCUM rises

Happy Easter! I hope that you got a solid chocolate Easter bunny in your basket after your great efforts yesterday.


Please send us any photos of the Sonot Kkaazoot you’d like to share.

Sonot trails on Fort Wainwright are fantastic

Today we skied from Birch Hill to the Chena River on the trails that will be used Saturday for the 2016 Sonot Kkaazoot. The preliminary grooming has already created a wide trail on the west side of Ski Road on Fort Wainwright that will allow skate skiers to easily overtake and pass slower skiers on the skate platform. There will still be two road crossings that skiers will traverse but these places will be staffed by volunteers with snow shovels and stop signs.

Here are photos from the trail on the west side of Ski Road today:

Trail on West Side of Ski Road

Pat on West Ski Road trail

Eric on West Ski Road trail

Eric on West Ski Road trail

And here are Pat and Eric skiing up the base of the alpine hill after looking longingly at the rope tow to the left of them:

Pat & Eric on Lower Sonot Connector thinking about rope tow

Pat and Eric on lower end of Sonot Connector

The new snow has really brightened up the ski trails on the Chena River, Fort Wainwright, and at Birch Hill. Skiing is awesome and temperatures are predicted to be springlike. What are you waiting for?  Sign up now.

and thank our great groomers again:

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.

The making of Sonot Kkaazoot #27 by volunteers!

Photos by Sam Lamont & Eli Lyke


Random Sonot Kkaazoot scenes from 2004 to 2011


Photos from various SCUM and SCUM spouses

2013 Sonot Kkaazoot skiers on the Sonot connector and Chena River


All photos by Sam Lamont