Merry Christmas from the Sonot Kkaazoot organizers

Although Christmas is predicted to be somewhat chilly in the Fairbanks area, we hope that you will still find time to enjoy the holidays skiing with family and friends. Remember that the Ski Your Age event is happening this Saturday, 28 December starting at 10 a.m. at the Birch Hill Recreation Area.

Everyone has previous “work” experiences that fail to show up in professional resumes or curriculum vitae. In the spirit of the holiday, the Sonot organizers (aka the SCUM) share memories of their brief tenure as “tiny reindeer” for the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks (NSCF) Candy Cane event. After several young skiers were heard telling their parents that we “weren’t real reindeer,” the SCUM were forced back into reindeer retirement. Here’s why (photos by Dermot Cole and Mom):

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However, here’s hoping that Santa with real reindeer visits your homes tonight, and that you have an opportunity to enjoy this really special time of the year outdoors.

Merry Christmas (and happy birthday to NSCF co-President Pat Reinhard)!

More Sonot Kkaazoot training opportunities

Saturday, 28 December 2013 is the 10th annual Ski Your Age (in kilometers) event and a great opportunity to burn off some of those extra holiday kcal that will be consumed. Right now the long-range forecast calls for warmer weather conditions  than those faced by Distance Race #1 participants. The Ski Your Age event is not a race but rather an opportunity to share leftovers and our wonderful Birch Hill trails with all your visiting friends and family members. There is no entry fee for the Ski Your Age but the event is a fundraiser for Fairbanks Cross-Country (FXC), the junior race program of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks. Friends of FXC organize the event that officially runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with sign-up and food in the Birch Hill Cross-Country Ski Center (large new building).

On the following Saturday, 4 January 2014, the Buetow Dental Distance Race #2 will be held starting at 11 a.m. This race will be classical technique and gives participants the choice of 10 or 20 km distances. Raven Cross-Country provides door prizes to race participants whose names are drawn during the event. This is a good way to start off the New Year.