The popular annual party is the unofficial start to ski season and prelude to the 2018 U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships, which arrive in Anchorage in January
WHAT: 2017 Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage’s Season Kickoff
WHEN: 2:30-6 p.m. Sunday, November 5
WHERE: Kincaid Park chalet
HOW MUCH: Free, though participants are encouraged to bring food items for potluck
As Southcentral Alaska’s winter enthusiasts patiently wait for snow to stick around the region, Anchorage’s Nordic ski community starts its season with a party at Sunday’s NSAA Season Kickoff.
This year’s event is highlighted by a meet-and-greet with Alaska’s Olympic and World Cup Nordic skiing stars Kikkan Randall, Sadie Bjornsen, Erik Bjornsen, Rosie Brennan and Scott Patterson. They will sign posters, pose for photos and join NSAA in promoting the 2018 U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships, which take place January 3-8 at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. All are expected to compete in February’s 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
The kickoff is also perfect for learning about and registering for NSAA’s events, programs, trail work and volunteer opportunities; renewing NSAA club membership; exploring a wide array of local fitness and outdoor programs at the winter expo; bid on silent auction items and win door prizes; and enjoy food, drink, music and ski community camaraderie. An exclusive NSAA blend of Kaladi Brothers Coffee will also be provided to top donors and available for sale.
2:30-4 pm: Winter expo featuring more than a dozen Alaska organizations; adult beverages, silent auction, music, 2017-18 NSAA season membership and program information.
4-5 pm: Potluck dinner – all are welcome! Please bring salads and sides; NSAA provides beverages, brats and dessert. Socialize with local Olympic and World Cup athletes.
5-6 pm: Season Kickoff, door prizes, NSAA program overviews.
Learn more about the event at www.anchoragenordicski.com/events/annual-celebration/.
For more than 50 years, NSAA has promoted healthy lifestyles and all forms of Nordic skiing, as well as introduced Alaskans to cross-country skiing through learn-to-ski programs, ski races and events. NSAA also grooms and maintains more than 150 kilometers of trails in the Anchorage area. Learn more about NSAA at www.anchoragenordicski.com.
Sustaining trails year round and providing Nordic skiing programs that encourage healthy activities and lifestyles for all Alaskans.