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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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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.


Be Smarter About Waxing | How To Wax

A good work place for waxing and scraping is a must with good ventilation. You may want to put a tarp under your waxing area to catch drippings and shavings.

Most serious waxers need a ski bench or a ski form to work on. Ski forms can be purchased or made. If you are interested in making your own ski waxing form out of 2"x6" lumber, talk with your coach or one of the wax clinic organizers for a pattern.

Waxing Iron (for glide wax)

A good waxing iron sells for about $100. These irons provide stable temperatures and they are adjustable for the range of temperatures (100C to 180C or 212F to 356F) needed to melt ski waxes. A standard travel iron (estimated cost = $25-$35) can also be used to wax skis. It is important to have a flat, smooth bottom and reliable temperature settings. Irons with holes in the bottom are not recommended because the wax from your last wax job will collect in the holes and contaminate your next wax job. Some ski shops will calibrate your iron free of charge so that you do not burn your ski bases.


To start out, pick one major brand of waxes and learn their waxing system. Some major brands that are available locally are Swix, Toko, Holemkol, Start, and Star. See one of the Ski Shops for them.

Glide Wax - this is a wax you will put on the full length of your skate skis. You will also put this on the tip and tails of your classic skis (not on the kick wax zone). This usually comes as a hard wax that you will iron on. You will want to purchase a wide range of waxes to cover a broad range of snow temperatures and textures.

Kick Wax - this is for classic skis and it put only on your kick pocket zone of your skis. You will also want to purchase a wide range of waxes to cover a broad range of snow temperatures and textures. You will rub this wax on the kick zone of your classic skis then cork it into the bottoms to smooth the wax out.

Klister - The third type of wax that you will eventually become familiar with but may not need right away is klister. These are very sticky waxes that are used with or in place of kick waxes when the ski conditions are very icy and/or warm and wet. It can get messy!

Wax Scrapers

1 - plexi scraper - 4-5mm thickness
1 - metal scraper for classic skis (use cautiously, this can do permanent damage)
1 - groove scraper

Cork - synthetic or natural for rubbing in kick wax on classic skis

Brushes - 1 hard white nylon brush, one fine blue or black bristle brush and 1 brass brush

Liquid Wax Remover - (e.g. Swix Citrus Base Cleaner, 500-1000 ml or equivalent) Caution-wax removers should be used in a well-ventilated area. It is usually used to wipe off old kick wax.

A supply of paper towels, clean cloth rages, or a roll of fiberlene cleaning towels for cleaning skis.

Sand paper (220 grit) - used occasionally with a sanding block to remove oxidized base material and prepare kick zone of classical skis for waxing.

Thermometer - pocket type used for measuring temperatures for waxing. When the temperature is below 32F, use the snow temperature for wax selection. Above 32 use the air temperature in the shade for waxing.

Ski straps or ski bones - keep your skis together and help protect you new wax job.

Ski Bag - provides protection to your skis and poles when they are being transported.



  1. Buy the correct pair of skis for your size, weight, and ability - Very Important!. Sizing Charts
  2. Make sure your ski bases are in good condition. They should be flat and textured. This can be done by hand or by stonegrinding (at a local ski shop).
  3. Follow these simple steps below.

GLIDE WAX (for skate skiing and tips/tails of classic skis)

Warning!!! Iron temperature should be only warm enough to melt wax, not smoking.

  1. Use wire (brass/copper) brush to clean out texture. Brush from tip to tail, one direction.
  2. Fibertex Pad (3M heavy duty stripping pad is a good one). Can rub both directions.
  3. Clean base by waxing then scraping warm.
  4. Crayon wax of the day to base and iron in. Do not let iron smoke or you will burn ski.
  5. Cool 30-45 min. (hard waxes scrape warm).
  6. Scrape.
  7. Brush with nylon brush.

KICK WAX (for classic skis)

Know and mark your kick Zone! (If you do not know your kick zone you can test your skis at one of the shops or wax long and see where the wax remains after a long ski.

  1. Find Your Kick Zone or Classic Waxing Pocket
  2. Classic Ski waxing pocket - how to guide - pdf


  1. Clean off old wax w/putty knife and wax remover.
  2. Add 3-5 layers of wax of the day. Cork between layers to smooth out


  1. Clean off old wax.
  2. Sand kick zone with 180-220 grit sand paper.
  3. Iron or heat gun in a binder.
  4. Cool.
  5. Add layer of wax of the day. Cork and heat into binder.
  6. Add 4-6 layers of wax and cork between layers.
  7. If more kick is needed try:
  • More layers (thicken the pocket)
  • Longer kick zone (forward of kick zone)
  • Then try a warmer wax if A and B don't work.

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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.