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January 16

If you take photos at the races, please consider posting them to Google Photos (it is free and simple to download) or any other online service. That way you can keep adding photos to your account any time! We will then post a link to your "photo album" here.

Thank you in advance for signing up to volunteer. We could not do it without your continued support! Thanks for submitting the team fee so the skiers experience will be awesome!

Your Service Coaches

Jan Buron - Head Coach, c 360-2510
Peter Van Tuyn
Henry Arend
Jani Lane
Suzanne Ward

PARENTS NOTE: If you need to let us know your child is missing practice, have questions, or want to let us all know about an issue, please use the link labeled Email All Coaches button above to email all coaches your note. If you want to send individual coaches a personal note, feel free to use the links above.

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Trail Grooming Update
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Glen Alps Conditions
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Please check the handbook for requirements to receive participation.
Parents, if you would like to know where you kids are participation wise, just email their coach throughout the season. We take attendance daily. We love to hear from you!

Families that ski...

Become a member of the NSAA to help fun trail grooming!We encourage all families to become members of the NSAA - this helps pay for trail grooming and maintenance.

Service High Activities

Contact the Activities Office


Anchorage School District Web SiteRead more about the Anchorage School District Sports Activities

Read HS Sports Activities Manual

Coaches Team Goal

Athletes develop Nordic Skiing as a life long sport while improving their skills and developing a sense of accomplishment. Healthy body healthy mind. Simple.

Differences Between Classic and Skate Skis

Download Ski and Poles Size Chart

The ideal situation is to work with a professional Ski Shop when trying on skis. They can set you up with the proper sizes. It is VERY important that the skis fit YOUR height and weight. Below is a quick breakdown of the difference between Classic and Skate skis.

Skate Skiing

Basic skate skiing is when you skate in a "V" stride and actually shift all your weight from one ski to the other as you skate on. (You do not ski in the set tracks but rather on a smoother usually groomed trail.) The basic "V" Skate starts with a skier standing in a slight V position. Edge one ski to the inside edge and simultaneous push off that ski while driving out onto the other ski. Repeat the other direction.

Watch Skate Skiing Videos

Testing - What do you look for in a Skate Ski when buying?

To see that you have the right skate skis ski for your weight put the skis on a flat floor, stand on the skis as you would if you were going to ski (you don't need the boots on though). Take a piece of paper and have someone slide it directly under your boot area on both skis (up at least a foot in either direction of the front and back of yourboot) - the paper should slide up and back easily between the ski and the floor. Put all your weight on one ski. If the ski collapses so that the paper can not move directly under your boot area, the ski is too flexible and soft for your weight. You will want a stiffer ski. A skate ski needs to be slightly stiff because you don't want it to make contact with the snow (directly under your ski boot area). If it does, it will work but it will be much slower because you have more surface contacting the snow - also you want the skate ski stiffer so that when you go to kick off in a "V" stride, it will give you more of a spring in the glide and it won't be so sluggish.

Classic Skiing

Classic (or Diagonal) skiing is when you slide one foot forward, the other one back, and so forth usually in a set track (about 1.5 foot wide). You wax the classic ski with a "kick" wax which is a sticky type wax that you cork in just under the area where your boot is. When you are classic skiing, you shift most your weight from one ski to the other shuffling on. When most your weight is on one ski, you want your ski to collapse and have the "kick" wax make contact with the snow so that it will "grip" the snow. Then you "kick" back with that ski and propel yourself forward. If the classic ski does not make contact with the snow (is too stiff of a ski) then when you go to "kick" back with your ski, you won't grab the snow to help propel you forward.

Watch Classic Skiing Videos

Testing - What do you look for in a Classic Ski when buying?

The test you want to do to see that you have the right ski for your weight is to stand with your classic skis on a flat surface. Stand on the skis as you would if you were going to ski (you don't need the boots on though). Take a piece of paper and have someone slide it directly under your boot area on both skis (up at least a foot in either direction of the front and back of your boot) - the paper should slide up and back easily between the ski and the floor. Then put all your weight on one ski. Slide the paper again from front to back. You want the ski to completely collapse so that the paper doesn't move at all directly under the boot area. This tells you that the ski will make direct contact with the snow (and the "kick wax"). If the paper slides easily under the boot area, the you are either to light for that ski or it is not a proper classic ski. It also means that the kick wax will not make contact with the snow when you put your weight down the kick wax will not help you propel forward.

Classic Ski waxing pocket - pdf



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Lost and Found


ALSO check here for any lost and found items at any of the races. posted by the NSAA club.Lost & Found
Email us and we will post it on this site too.

Our Ski Team (To Be Update)

If you weren't here when we took the photos - PLEASE email us your photo and we will add it.

Captains Information

Caitlin Gorh, Hannah Watkins, Zach Bassett and Ryan Brubaker

Read what it takes to be a captain and application

SKIERS - Do you have any concerns, comments, anything? Let your captains know - they are there for YOU!

Daily Practice Routine

1. Be dressed out and ready for practice BEFORE our daily meeting at 2:20
2. Check the white board outside the ski room for daily workout
3. Meet with your coach in the area they specify. IF YOU DO NOT SKI WITH YOUR COACH, YOU DO NOT GET CREDIT FOR THAT DAY (unless you ski with another coach for just that day and that coach confirms it is okay. Keep in touch for your safety.
4. New to the hillside trails? Print out a map and take it with you during practices.
5. Enjoy the ride!


Trail Maps


Hillside/Spencer/Tour Area
Hillside Lighted Loops Area
Kincaid Trail Map

Other Anchorage Maps

Waxing Skis

Skiers - you are responsible for waxing your own skis however, the whole team waxes the day before each race. Don't forget, we have a wax clinic in November that is mandatory - this is a great place to learn to wax your skis!

Read How To Wax and more!

Toko - Alaska Race Wax tips
Swix Wax Wizard
Swix Ski School

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Zafren for opening her home to our Booster Club Members, Lauri Bassett for emailing our members updates, and Jen Aist for the new photos! Thanks to ALL the help at our race at Service! Thanks to all of you that brought snacks. WE COULD NOT DO IT WITHOUT YOU!

We can not run such a large, talented, ski team without your help. Please sign up to help if you haven't done so already.