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Nordic Skiing in Alaska

The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage (NSAA) has been promoting the sport of Nordic skiing in Anchorage since 1964. The early days of the club were busy building trails, running school ski races, and organizing adult ski events. Today NSAA has many diverse Nordic skiing activities all served by our professional staff and dedicated volunteers. It is exciting to see the many different activities that make up NSAA and the passion that these athletes for their sport. Let’s see if we have something that excites you about Nordic skiing in Anchorage!

Backcountry tours – We lead adventures off the groomed trails with a fun group of tour leaders –join a scheduled ski tour or an over night backcountry hut adventure. What’s not to like about fun, sun, and powder in the great outdoors? NSAA also supports the Chugach Avalanche Information Center to help keep the backcountry safe.

Biathlon – Skate skiing and rifle marksmanship together make for an exciting and unique sport for all ages. The range we operate at Kincaid Park is a world-class facility. Our program includes complete safety training, junior and masters programs, and a full schedule of nine races that are for all ability levels. This is a growing sport that is attracting many new athletes this season.

Jumping –This is the sport for you if you want to learn to fly. Our trained coaches work with jumpers every week from age five up through adult. We have three scheduled competitions this season at The Karl Eid ski jumps located next to the Hillside Ski Area. The three jumps NSAA maintain range in height from 15 meter to 64 meter. We are working on funding to make these jumps usable all year. Ski jumping in the winter and summer sounds like fun.

Tour of Anchorage – This is the largest most successful NSAA event held every March. I know there are many competitive racers pushing extremely hard, but there are also hundreds of recreational skiers out enjoying the scenic tour. No matter what distance you choose or how hard you push it, this is just a fun ski race/tour across Anchorage with the Nordic community. If you have never skied in the Tour you are missing something special and if you need help read on.

Adult lessons – Professional coaching to help new skiers learn and recreational skiers improve and have more fun. We train both classic and skate techniques for all ability levels. Get some friends together to sign up for lessons or schedule a private lesson. The better you get the more fun you will have. Trust me on this one.

Junior Nordic –Youth ski lessons for ages six to 14 with professional coaches. This non-competitive program teaches having fun and being active on cross country skis. This very popular program fills up quickly. We have an important mission to help improve the fitness and health of our young people.

AMH Anchorage Cup citizen races are five fun ski races. The goal is to meet old and new friends, test your skills on well-groomed trails, and most of all have fun. These races are for all ages so come try out the racing scene, you might get hooked.

Ski Train – The annual ride on the Alaska Railroad to the remote backcountry. This is one of our oldest events and always a good time with the polka band, great scenery, and a fun ski with friends. Sold out for this year but we do have tickets that are returned.

Alaska Ski for Women – This is a special event for NSAA. This is the largest women’s only ski event in North America. The ASFW is an important fundraiser to help stop the cycle of domestic abuse against women and children. Awesome costumes, fun ski event and you get to donate to a great cause.

Ski for Kids – event co hosted with Municipality of Anchorage to raise money for ski equipment for schools

SKAN 24 – newest event – 24 hours of skiing fun in the springtime – ski all night?

Are you impressed by the number of activities that NSAA is offering to the Nordic skiing community? If you are not a skier I hope you found something that interests you to try this great sport and join our community. Check out our website at for more information. If skiing isn’t for you, that’s OK. We would love to have you as a spectator or volunteer. Have a healthy and fun winter.





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