January 2022

The deadline to register for the Besh 3 & 4 races is Wednesday, January 12 at midnight.

Please visit the Besh 3 & 4 Race Details page.

Congratulations to skiers who pre-qualified for Junior Nationals based on their races at US Nationals:

Prequalified - not against the team size quota

Kendall Kramer

Marit Flora - also qualified for the U18 Nordic Nations Cup Team (Scando Team)

Garvie Tobin

Meredith Schwartz - also qualified for the U18 Nordic Nations Cup Team (Scando Team)

Michael Earnhart - also qualified for the World Juniors Team

Zander Maurer - also qualified for the World Juniors Team

Peter Hinds

Prequalified - against the team size quota

Katey Houser

Aaron Power

Joel Power

Elias Soule

December 2021

Registration is open! The deadline to register for the first weekend of racing is Wednesday, December 15 at midnight.

October 2021

ConocoPhillips Besh Cup Race Schedule (click for PDF of schedule)

  • December 18 & 19, 2021 – Kincaid Park, Anchorage

  • January 15 & 16, 2022 – Tsalteshi Trails, Soldotna

  • February 5 & 6, 2022 – Birch Hill, Fairbanks


COVID-19 Mitigation

The CCAK Board of Directors and Competition Committee are in the process of reviewing the Covid-19 Mitigation Plans for the 2021-2022 Season.

  • Host clubs and ski communities have the experience of one season of event management during a pandemic. As we have learned, things may change and we will be prepared to address changes if/as they arise. As of October 1, 2021, CCAK does not anticipate mitigation plans to the extent of the 2021 season, but as we have learned throughout the pandemic, we need to be prepared to adapt.

Registration will open November 1, 2021

Entry Fees: U16 and up - $35  | U14 - $20 | U08/U10/U12 - $7
Registration for each race weekend closes at midnight on the Wednesday prior to each weekend
  • Racers in the U16 category and older who register for all six races by November 30, get one free race.

  • Racers who register for all six races and all youth racers in the U08/U10/U12 categories (regardless of number of races entered) will receive a T-shirt.

  • If you are 18 or turn 18 during the season, you need to complete SafeSport with US Ski & Snowboard for your license to be valid.

    • Only racers with valid licenses are eligible to compete in Besh Cup races. It is the responsibility of the racers to have valid licenses on race day.

  • Race day registration is not available. US Ski & Snowboard requires adult racers to complete SafeSport training and pass a background check. Therefore, adult skiers need to allow between one and two weeks prior to race weekend to meet the US Ski & Snowboard license requirements. Cross Country Alaska wants you to be able to participate; so please plan accordingly to meet the US Ski & Snowboard license requirement.


US Ski & Snowboard License

Early bird registration for US Ski & Snowboard licenses ends October 15. After that date, registration fees increase.

Please read US Ski & Snowboard Membership Descriptions and Requirements to find out which license is good for you/your athlete.


Are you also a ski jumper? Athletes who have a ski jumping license should contact US Ski & Snowboard directly at 435-647-2666 to link their Jumping and Nordic licenses so points are accumulated correctly.


Those turning 18 or older during the season need to complete background screening & annual SafeSport training. Please do not procrastinate doing this; so that your membership is valid at the time races begin. SafeSport & background checks must be completed to participate in USSS races.

  • Please keep in mind that background screenings may take 4-6 weeks for turnaround; international screenings will take longer. Successfully completing membership requirements is required to activate FIS licenses.

  • Please contact U.S. Ski & Snowboard Member Services with questions on your username and/or password.


FIS License

Please talk to your coach if you are wondering about the need for an FIS license. In FIS-scored races, those with FIS licenses have priority seeding over those without an FIS license. FIS licenses are generally only necessary for U18 and older skiers.

The following Besh Cup races will be FIS-scored races:

  • Besh Cup 1 & 2 - Anchorage

  • Besh Cup 5 & 6 - Fairbanks


US Ski & Snowboard Junior Nationals

Junior Nationals will be held in Minneapolis March 7 - March 12, 2022. Hotel reservations have been made and airline tickets have been purchased. Departure is March 3 and return is March 13. Team size and selection criteria.

International teams (U18, World Juniors, U23)

  • Current Criteria for Junior/U23 World Championships

  • Naming will be managed by US Ski & Snowboard

  • Positions on these teams are based on performance at the US Nationals held in January 2022


2021-2022 Alaska Awards



Alaska skiers, organizers and clubs earned some prestigious awards throughout the 2021 season.


Al Merrill Nordic Award (US Ski & Snowboard

This was awarded to Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage Board President Joey Caterinichio for her exceptional commitment to Nordic skiing, especially during the challenges of the 2020-2021 season. Click here to read about the award.

Junior World Championships

  • Kendall Kramer was a member of the World Junior Championships silver medal relay team

  • Luke Jager & Gus Schumacher were members of the World Junior Championships gold medal relay team

  • Gus Schumacher was the first US junior to earn an individual GOLD medal


US Ski Team Named


US Ski Team Named - Eleven Alaska skiers were named to the US Ski Team. All of them have participated in ConocoPhillips Besh Cup races, but eight of them are home-grown.

  • Rosie Brennan (APUNSC) - A Team

  • Hailey Swirbul (APUNSC) -  A Team

  • JC Schoonmacher - (UAA) - A Team

  • Gus Schumacher (AWS) - A Team

  • Logan Hanneman (APUNSC) - B Team

  • Scott Patterson (APUNSC) - B Team

  • Hannah Halvorsen (APUNSC) - Development Team

  • Kendall Kramer (UAF) - Development Team

  • Luke Jager (APUNSC/University of Utah) - Development Team

  • Zanden McMullen (APUNSC/Montana State) - Development Team

  • Hunter Wonders (APUNSC) - Development Team