Come out and romp on the trails that are famous for skiing! 

The Birch Hill Trail Run will be held on Saturday, May 27, starting at 10 a.m. The race will be held on the beautiful, rolling ski trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area. Entrants can choose to run either 5 or 10 kilometers. 

People who register early will get rewarded. The first 152 entrants will receive a stainless steel water bottle, with a cool race logo! Online registration only. Prices are below.

  • Early registration (ends May 14): youth (17 & under): $15, adults $20
  • Regular registration (ends May 24): youth $20, adults $25
  • Last minute registration (day of race): youth $25, adults $30      

Click on the "Read More" button for more information and to see the course map.


Updated May 19, 2017: The trails are perfectly usable, with respect given to wet areas when they are encountered.


As the snow melts you want to get out and frolic on the trails! But PLEASE WAIT!


But Just Walking in the Mud Won’t Hurt, Will It? 

Using the trails too soon creates tracks and ruts in the soft ground that harden and make our smooth trails a lot rougher and less pleasant. People can trip or lose control of their bikes when they hit those hardened rough spots.

Those tracks and ruts can also keep water from flowing off the trail. When water continues flowing down the trail it erodes the surface of the trail, which can create large holes.


When Can I Use the Trails?

It takes a while for the trails to dry out enough to use without damaging them. We will let you know when they are ready. Signs will be posted at Birch Hill and we will post updates via the listserv and Facebook. 


What Am I Supposed to do Until Then?!

Many other trails throughout the Fairbanks area are in the same situation. However, some are ready sooner than others. Look for well-drained hillside trails with lots of southern exposure. They typically dry out the quickest. Just be ready to turn back if you run into muddy areas.

Or explore your community! Get out on foot or by bike and go explore quiet subdivision roads new to you. You get to be outside, be active, and probably find out new things about your community. 

 Check out the Fairbanks Cycle Club, Running Club North, and Fairbanks Area Hiking Club calendars. They have several events planned for this time of year. 


Fairbanks Cycle Club


Running Club North


Fairbanks Area Hiking Club




Take off those ski boots, hang up your ski poles, and dance into the sunlight! The Annual Spring Gala is once again coming to Birch Hill.

The Gala will be held at the Birch Hill Cross-Country Ski Center on Saturday, April 22, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Tunes will be spun by the fabulous DJ Matherly, and the floor will be open for dancing. Refreshments will be provided; beer/wine will be available at the bar and served up by the amazing Mr. Tim Mowry and Mr. Pete Leonard. 

A silent auction will be held throughout the evening, and a dessert auction just adds to the fun. The silent auction has many items. Some are ski-related, but many are not. All proceeds of the event go to FXC, the junior race-training program of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or from an FXC skier.

Organizers are still accepting donations for the silent auction. If you have any items or services you would like to donate for this great cause, please contact Jen Delamere (fxcski [at]

The Gala is a spring social put on by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks.  It celebrates the end of a successful season of cross-country skiing in Fairbanks and raises money for a great cause. While FXC is a race-training program, it’s about more than racing. The program’s young athletes benefit from a variety of experiences including goal setting, confidence building, and learning to live healthy lives. To make FXC available to many families, tuition rates are kept as low as possible through fundraising efforts such as the Spring Gala.


The Ski for Women will be brightening up the trails at Birch Hill Recreation Area on Sunday, April 9. 

This will be the 15th Ski for Women in Fairbanks and it will again feature the popular costume contest. Costumes have long been a part of the event, but the contest is relatively new. Whether you want to enter the contest or not, you can certainly wear a costume. And even if you don’t bring a costume, you are invited to come join in the fun.

Women of all ages are invited to this fun event, put on by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks (NSCF) with help from the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living (IAC). No one skis for records, prestige or bragging rights. They are skiing for fun and 
to make a difference in the lives of people who benefit from the services of the IAC. This non-profit provides services people needing to leave abusive living situations.

The event starts at 12:30 p.m. with FREE kick waxing from 11 a.m. to noon. Pre-register online by midnight April 8 at,, or in-person from 11:00am-12:00pm at the event.  Suggested donation for the event is $20. Pre-ski "snoga" (yoga on the snow) will be provided by Trax Outdoor Center at Birch Hill from 11:15am-12:00pm. Suggested donation for the yoga session is $10.

Participants can ski up to 5 kilometers on marked courses at Birch Hill Recreational Area in a non-timed event. Many people will be hard to identify, as they will be skiing incognito in their costumes. Can you identify anyone by her skiing style?

Other fun aspects include a potluck luncheon following the ski, with side dishes invited, door prizes and a silent auction.

Men are also invited to cheer on the participants. 


It’s that time again for some fun homework on snow! The Third Annual Schools on Skis will be held on Thursday, March 23, at Birch Hill Recreation Area

Festivities last from 4:30 to 5:30pm. Activities include trail skiing, obstacle courses, downhill slaloms, hot cocoa, and fires for roasting s’mores and hot dogs. All local school ski programs have been invited to participate and are asked to bring volunteers to help. Student-to-parent ratios should be no more than 10-1. Older kids will be doing a longer course, while younger kids will be doing shorter courses. All courses will be right around the stadium and doable even for kids with just basic skiing skills.

Come join the Skiathon this Sunday, March 19, on the University of Alaska Fairbanks trail system.

The 20-kilometer, classic-only Skiathon is a race and a tour. Participants are timed but can go as fast or as slow as they want. All finishers receive a Skiathon patch. Early registration is only $15 ($10 for students), but registration forms must be turned in before noon on March 18. People can sign up on the day of the race, but late registration fees go up to $40. Pick up and drop off registration forms at Beaver Sports, Goldstream Sports or Raven Cross Country. 

The ConocoPhillips Interior Youth Festival will be held at Birch Hill Recreation Area Saturday, March 18. All elementary and junior high skiers are welcome to join in the festivities.

This fun day-long event is all about young skiers. Other ski races, such as the Kinross Fort Knox Town Race Series and ConocoPhillips Besh Cups, feature older skiers, who often get the spotlight. During the ConocoPhillips Interior Youth Festival the younger skiers are the main attraction. The shorter distances are geared for youth and allow the skiers to try multiple formats in a single day. The three races include an interval start classic technique race, a 100-meter classic sprint, and a freestyle ski-cross. New this year, is an open class, available for high school or older skiers who want a chance to enjoy skiing in a fun-filled atmosphere.

This Sunday is great time for kids to have a blast on skis! 

The 11th Annual ConocoPhillips Winter Carnival is a fun hour-and-a-half filled with ski games and a scavenger hunt.  This free event, hosted by the NSCF-FXC Comp and Prep Teams, starts at 2 p.m. and lasts until 3:30 p.m. at Birch Hill Recreation Area. It is held in conjunction with the regular Sunday Junior Nordics session, but you don’t have to be a member of Junior Nordics to join in on the fun. Skiers who come to Junior Nordics on another day of the week are welcome to join on Sunday as well.  In addition, Interior skiers age 4 to 13 that are not currently signed-up for Junior Nordics are welcome to join as well. (Parents of skiers not signed up for Junior Nordics should arrive at 1:45 p.m. to fill out a waiver for the event in the Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center, and to find where to send their skiers for the start of the event).  

(Note: This event, now scheduled for February 19, had to be rescheduled from February 12 because of cold temperatures.)

The Backcountry Film Festival brings the world’s winter to Fairbanks this January. The Fairbanks showing, organized by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks (NSCF), will be held on Saturday, January 28, at the Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center. Besides being great fun, this event serves as a fundraiser for the NSCF and the Winter Wildlands Alliance.

Doors open at 6:15pm. Movies start at 7pm. Tickets will be available at the door. Tickets are: 

  • NSCF Individual $10, 
  • NSCF Family $35
  • Non-member Individual $15
  • Non-member Family $45

This year the festival highlights experiences that fuel and surround winter activities. The line-up includes: 

Hi Fairbanks area skiers and those of you excited to learn to ski! The new snow has helped create awesome conditions for skiing on our local trails. With the days getting longer and brighter, it's a great time to get out and enjoy cross country skiing.
The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks group lessons begin this coming week (or the following week, depending on the temps).  We are offering a great selection of classes at both Birch Hill and the University of Alaska ski trails.  Below you will find the link to the registration form, which includes the details on the start dates, times and prices. Hopefully there is a class, or two, which will meet your interests and needs.
For those of you planning to ski the Sonot Kkaazoot in March, we are once again offering the popular Sonot Training class beginning January 17th.  It's a great class for anyone looking to do some ski training specifically directed at helping you prepare for the Sonot.  
Our website is currently having some issues.  Please email me if you have questions about any of our classes or if you would like to set up private lessons.
I'm excited to help get you out learning to ski or improving your skills, in this great Fairbanks snow and sun.
Let's Ski Fairbanks!
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The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks and 10th Planet Recording Studio are hosting a party/dance as a fundraiser for the Birch Hill Trail Fund and to show appreciation for our amazing trail groomers!



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