ANCHORAGE, Jan. 8, 2018 – Caitlin Patterson finished her special four-race performance at the 2018 L.L.Bean U.S. National Cross Country Ski Championships at Kincaid Park on Monday the way she started it Wednesday – by blowing the doors off the competition. Monday’s late and dramatic come-from-behind win in the women’s classic sprint final capped Patterson’s run of four National titles in four races over six days.
ANCHORAGE, AK – The top cross-country skiers from across Alaska and America will compete for more than prestigious national titles in the 2018 L.L.Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships, which begin Wednesday, January 3, and continue through Monday, January 8, at Kincaid Park. The races will also be used as part of the selection process for Olympic berths as well as to determine roster spots on the FIS Junior World Championship, U23 Championship and U18 Scandinavian Cup teams. The competitions will feature two freestyle and two classic events for men and women. The top American in each race will be crowned national champion. While primary selection for the 2018 Olympic Cross Country Team will come from World Cup races, some final spots can be determined from Nationals results. Olympic team nominations will be announced the week of January 23.
ANCHORAGE, Jan. 3, 2018 – The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage (NSAA), host of the 2018 U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships, is pleased to announce ConocoPhillips Alaska as the event’s premier sponsor. “These races are a chance to showcase Anchorage’s world-class trails, facilities and hospitality,” said Joey Caterinichio, Nationals race director and NSAA board president. “As one of the qualifying events for American skiers to make the Olympic ski team, this is a tremendous opportunity for them to inspire the next generation of Alaskan skiers. ConocoPhillips has been a valuable long-time supporter of cross country skiing in Alaska and we are excited to have them as the premier sponsor for the championships.”
ANCHORAGE, AK (Courtesy of U.S. Ski & Snowboard) – Top cross-country skiers from across America will compete for national titles, FIS Junior World Championship spots and potential Olympic berths at the 2018 L.L. Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships January 3-8.
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.
Affordable gear and supporting Anchorage’s world-class trails, too? The annual NSAA Ski Swap is a community win-win! The always bustling consignment sale is open to the public and the perfect opportunity for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts (beginners and advanced, families and individuals) to buy and sell new and used outdoor gear (not just skis!) at great prices.