Happy Monday, AKontheGO readers! Another fabulous weekend is behind us and here we are, in the middle of October already. That means it’s time to talk skiing, or keep on talking about skiing…
We’ve already covered the Alpine circut a fair bit with mention of our destination ski resort, Alyeska, and will talk with our in-town area, Hilltop, soon. But in the meantime, we’ll make the switch to another equally fun type of skiing; Nordic, or cross-country, depending upon your location or how you were raised. AK Fam attended the Oxygen and Octane Expo this weekend and had a lovely time chatting with Jeff and John of the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage (NSAA), the group that makes it possible for all cross-country skiers to ski for FREE in the greater Anchorage bowl on groomed, crisply-maintained trails. Yep, for nothin’.
Jeff Scott, President of the NSAA board, told us that the organization relies on membership to NSAA to keep those 170 kilometers of trail groomed and in pristine shape for the entire season, as well as supporting the various events like Ski 4 Kids, a popular mid-winter event for the skiing kinder among us. Scott says a membership to NSAA will ensure the future of the organization, so we signed up on the spot. We got a nifty sticker for the car and a few pins for our hats.
NSAA teaches at least 600 kids how to ski each season, and refers many, many more younger ones and adults to the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department for additional lessons. Skiers or wannbe skiers, you cannot beat the deal offered by the Muni; $10 for an hour-long ski lesson that covers the basics of walking, gliding, climbing, and turning those wiggly skis; plus ski rental! Kids ages 6-8 can sign up for a lesson or two while mom and dad take to the trails themselves to ski, walk, or snowshoe the lovliness of Russian Jack Springs or Kincaid parks. AK Fam tried this with our older son when we first moved here, and found it to be a great introduction to a sport we knew little about.
Adults, too can take lessons; either twice per week or on two consecutive Saturdays. Visit the Muni’s web site for more information or to sign up. If your kids are already geared up and ready for more, visit NSAA’s web site to check out their fun activities for kids and adults.