Photos from the 2018 Sonot Kkaazoot Fort Wainwright road crossings are available at the link below. The photos are free to download. If you do download, please donate to the Birch Hill Trail Fund (https://nordicskicluboffairbanks.wildapricot.org/Donate/). If you would like a larger version of a photo just send an email to Eric at email@example.com. He’ll ask again for you to donate to the Birch Hill Trail Fund, but he’ll send you a larger version of the photo(s) for free.
Putting on the Sonot Kkaazoot requires an army of volunteers who contribute many talents. Eric Troyer, a SCUM noted for his unconventional race suits, has been the Sonot Kkaazoot media lead (and NSCF Facebook guru) and a Fort Wainwright road crossing guard (and photographer) for several years. This year he has assembled the Sonot Kkaazoos, who will perform at the Sonot Kkaazoot Awards Ceremony.
Eric is one of the younger SCUM, and his wife put together this UTube video in honor of Eric’s 58th birthday.
Enjoy Corrine’s creative efforts, and be sure to wish Eric a belated happy birthday!
From Bob Baker, Sonot Kkaazoot Chief of course, yesterday (3/5/18): “I groomed the Chena again today, and even set a rough set of classical tracks on one side. I finished all the brush clearing and widened the 20 km turnaround and it’s ready to go… Ft. Wainwright has groomed out the route from the ski area all the way to, and across the River Road and all along that ditch, too. Looks great! And now, they can even take the big grooming equipment all the way to the River’s edge.
The Chena River has developed some overflow and wet spots on a few places on the edges of where I have groomed. The temperature really shot up today to almost 20 deg. I think when the snow stops and the temps drop back down to the ZERO area over night, things will get much better again. No panic yet, just the Chena being the Chena. Otherwise, the Chena River was groomed with a Classic Track and a good 12′ wide Skate lane the whole 20 km.
So ski with care and preferably with someone on the Chena River. Do not wander outside the groomed trail. Remember to carry your identification if you plan to ski on Fort Wainwright trails and watch for traffic on road crossings.
Although October was exceptionally wet, temperatures were also unusually warm so snow was late in coming to the Fairbanks area. However, after one false start, the snowpack on the Jim Whisenhant cross country ski trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area and on Fort Wainwright trails is great for both classical and free technique skiing. Thanks to a lot of volunteer brushing work done this fall on the White Bear trail, skate and classical skiing are great. Unfortunately, our fitness isn’t quite in the same shape yet. Here’s what coronary bypass looked like a week ago:
Yesterday we skied from the Sunnyside Trail to Fort Wainwright, where we found that the Army was busily enhancing snow cover on the alpine ski hill making for unusual skiing conditions up the ski slope to the base of the Sonot Connector. However, the classical tracks on the Sonot Connector and White Bear were awesome.
Take a break from snow shoveling and scooping to enjoy the ski trails!
The 31st annual Sonot Kkaazoot just 4 months away.
The photos below show some of the road crossing volunteers on race day:
And the photos below show some key Sonot Kkaazoot organizers participating in the 30th annual Sonot Kkaazoot.
Frank Soos, guru of bibs and 50% of the team (with his wife, Margo Klass) that designed the fantastic Sonot Kkaazoot hats:
Chris Puchner, organizer of feed stations and the Sonot Kkaazoot start and finish area, skis his longest Sonot Kkaazoot (thanks to pneumonia, work, and out-of-state family issues):
Bill Husby, one of the key NSCF groomers, before he broke his ski pole and skied 12 km with just one:
Mike Schmoker, master of the woodel construction and award presentations:
Bruce Jamieson, NSCF president and World Masters skier:
Robert Hannon, Fort Wainwright contact and media mogul:
All photos by Eric Troyer
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:
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:
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: