December 1, 2020

CCAK has representatives working closely with NSAA to determine how best to move forward with Besh Cup Races 1 & 2. The CCAK Board of Directors meets on December 8. There has not been a motion to cancel the races.  CCAK is aware of the current changes that have been announced at the international level (Norway and Canada) and are closely following the numbers within the state of Alaska. Please stay tuned and enjoy skiing while it's good!

November 2020

Besh Cup Registration is Open!

We are finalizing waivers and mitigation plans. Make sure your USSS license is current! Especially if you need to complete SafeSport and the background check.






























November 14, 2020

The NSCF Board of Directors has decided that, in light of the current high rate of COVID-19 infections around the state, as well as local and statewide hospital/ICU bed capacity, and given Governor Dunleavy's extension of the public health emergency through December 16, all regularly-scheduled NSCF competitions in November and December will be virtual, and will not be held in their planned format.  That means that the FIS events scheduled for November 21-22 and December 4-5 will not be held as FIS events, nor as formally organized events.  Please stay tuned for a more detailed statement from the club regarding the decision, and how the virtual races will be conducted.

A note from CCAK:

When the CCAK Competition Committee first met to discuss FIS racing opportunities in response to the cancellation of national races by US Ski & Snowboard, the Fairbanks ski community immediately offered to register their first two Town Series events as FIS races. NSCF put much effort into preparing for these events to meet high mitigation plan standards; and the club even arranged for some of the best early season snow in many years and has decent temperatures in the forecast. While outdoor activities are considered "lower risk," a detail that each community takes into consideration is the impact of out-of-town skiers visiting their community and the effect on the public health of not only their community but the statewide impact. The CCAK Board of Directors stands behind the decision that the NSCF has made regarding their first two Town Series events. Given the governor's recent mandate encouraging people to stay home, the decision to cancel protects the safety of racers, officials, and volunteers.

~Stay safe skiers


Please visit the  COVID-19 Considerations Page.

September/October 2020

US Ski & Snowboard Information

Early bird registration ends November 1 for US Ski & Snowboard. After that date, your registration fee will increase by $25.

This year US Ski & Snowboard offers a non-competitive license for competitors in the U16 and older age groups who are not interested in scoring points with US Ski & Snowboard. The cost is $85. See US Ski & Snowboard page for more information (including pricing structure).

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.

The CCAK Board of Directors and Competition Committee are in the process of planning the upcoming season based on the ever-changing situation we face of COVID-19. At this point, here is where we are:

  • CCAK intends to hold ConocoPhillips Besh Cup races. The dates will remain the same as what is listed on the CCAK website (and below).

    • All race formats are likely be interval starts.

  • With the support of CCAK, the statewide ski community is looking to add USSS/FIS races to the schedule (the specific support from CCAK is to be determined).

    • CCAK has a goal to support a State Championship race weekend at the end of the season; likely to partner with NSAA (specifics being worked on).

  • All races supported by CCAK (ConocoPhillips Besh Cup and additional races) will be subject to a CCAK Mitigation Plan (plan is currently being worked on).

  • A Team Alaska team will be announced based on athletes’ performance at the ConocoPhillips Besh Cup races (likely not the additional races). A staff of coaches will be named.

    • CCAK will continue to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and if travel and/or attending Outside regional races is possible, CCAK may consider sending a team (likely smaller than usual) to the event.

  • As the Mitigation Plan team and the CCAK Competition Committee works on the details for the upcoming season, CCAK will post information on the Website and the social media page. In the meantime, please become familiar with USSS Return to Competition webpage.

ConocoPhillips Besh Cup Race Schedule

  • December 19 & 20, 2020 – Kincaid Park, Anchorage

  • January 16 & 17, 2021 – Government Peak Recreation Area, Palmer

  • January 30 & 31, 2021 – Birch Hill, Fairbanks


Registration will open late October/early November.


US Ski & Snowboard Junior Nationals

Per the announcement from USSS  regarding the cancellation of the 2021 US National events, there will not be a US Junior Nationals Championships. We all know how disappointing this news is; though the decision is prudent based on the experience last year of ending the event early due to the COVID-19 virus. USSS has deferred to the regions to host events. The CCAK Competition Committee is reviewing the race calendar to work with host clubs to offer races in addition to the ConocoPhillips Besh Cup races. At this time, all six of the ConocoPhillips Besh Cup races will be FIS-sanctioned races in addition to being USSS-sanctioned races. FIS races help athletes earn FIS points for international racing (& US races that are dually sanctioned).


Please talk to your coach if you are wondering about the need for an FIS license. In FIS races, those with FIS licenses have priority seeding over those without an FIS license; and are generally only necessary for U18 and older skiers. That being said, when the race calendar is finalized, if U16 skiers participate in a race with U18 and older skiers where seeding is intermixed, a U16 skier with an FIS license would be included in the priority seeding.


US Ski & Snowboard Information

2021 National Level Competition Information – Most of you received an email in early September

2021 National Level Competition Information – Faster Skier Story and Interview with Chris Grover

Let US Ski & Snowboard know how they are doing: USSS Member Survey


USSS July 16 2020 Email Information about Membership Renewal

The 2019-20 season came to an abrupt end due to the novel coronavirus, Covid-19. While the 2020-21 season remains in flux, please be aware that your membership expired on June 30, 2020. Please see the process below to renew your membership. However, please be aware that U.S. Ski & Snowboard has a no refund policy. No exceptions will be made. If you do not have an immediate membership need, we recommend waiting until there is more information available.

  • Go to Login to the existing account on the right or click "create an account" on the left to establish a new account.

  • Any member turning 18 and older is now required to have their own My USSA account in order to complete membership requirements to activate membership.

  • Primary members on the account will find their "renew membership" link in the status line on the left in the "my account" box. Linked members should click their box in the linked member section of the "my account" box. Their "renew membership" link will appear above in the status line.

  • Please check the membership cart to the right as memberships may already be populated. Be certain the correct membership is in the purchase cart.

  • Complete the renewal process for each member you wish to register.

  • Check the emailed receipt to ensure all information is correct, including the membership category and member's date of birth.

  • U.S. Ski & Snowboard offers a family cap for those purchasing memberships for immediate family. If the total of U.S. Ski & Snowboard memberships (excluding bonus packs, decals, division dues, FIS) is greater than $500, you may request a credit of the overage. When your family has registered, please email Member Services at Please provide the names and U.S. Ski & Snowboard ID numbers of all family members. 


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 be delayed as a result of court closures due to the pandemic. Please anticipate 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.


 International teams (U18, World Juniors, U23) will be managed by USSS. All current information will be posted on the US Ski & Snowboard website.

  • Current Criteria for Junior/U23 World Championships February 1-7, 2021. Watch US Ski & Snowboard for further details. The location for this event has yet to be finalized.


In a usual season, the positions on these teams are based on performance at the US Nationals held in January. USSS will fill starts at the World Championships by selecting athletes via discretion from both World Cup and regional/divisional racing from across the United States during the selection period.


Scroll at this link to find the Modification of Development Competition Selection Criteria for the junior teams. The main change is that USSS has removed language that limits their ability to use discretion to select the team (in some criterion previously no more than 25% of a team could be selected via discretion). USSS is now prepared for a regional racing model, and the need to use up to 100% discretion to nominate a team.


Due to current restrictions with COVID 19 it is likely that USA athletes and support staff will only be able to enter the EU this winter for competition by securing a D Visa from a European consulate in the U.S. before travel.  It is important to recognize that for your passport to be considered for entrance to Europe, it must be valid for 6 months after the last possible day in Europe, and it must have open pages in both the Visa section and the Endorsement section (back of the passport).  If your passport does not meet these standards, you should submit it for renewal with the State Department immediately because wait times at US passport centers are uncertain and lengthy. If we need to acquire D visas for our coaches to enter Europe, there will not be time to also renew a passport, so please check that you are organized now.

​May 2020


Due to restrictions required by the State Health Department to combat COVID-19, the annual Cross Country Alaska Spring Summit has been postponed. The Cross Country Alaska Board of Directors and Competition Committee will discuss rescheduling options; likely in August or September 2020.


Instead, the Competition Committee will conduct three teleconference meetings in May. At these meetings the committee will:

  • Review the 2019-20 season.

  • Prepare for the 2020-21 season to include taking bids from host clubs and creating the calendar.

  • Hear reports from US Ski & Snowboard Congress and the effects on CCAK ConocoPhillips Besh Cup races.

2020-21 Race Calendar - to be confirmed at September 2020 Competition Committee Meeting

  • December 19 & 20 at Kincaid Park, Anchorage

  • January 16 & 17 at Government Peak Recreation Area, Palmer

  • January 30 & 31 at Birch Hill Recreation Area, Fairbanks

2020 Alaska Awards

Alaska skiers and clubs earned some prestigious awards throughout this season.


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

Junior Nationals

  • Alaska skiers were on the podium for 10 of the 36 spots including two national champions.

  • Congratulations to U20 National Champions Ari Endestad & Kai Meyers

  • The APU Nordic Ski Center program took top club honors.

  • Robert Service High School took top high school team honors for boys and girls.

  • West Anchorage High School took second place for girls.

  • West Valley High School took fourth place for girls.

  • Most importantly, the cumulative results of all races made it possible for Alaska to bring home the coveted Alaska Cup

Post Season Awards

  • Kendall Kramer - Finalist for the 2020 Pride of Alaska Award given to Alaska's top girl high school athlete

  • Gus Schumacher - Co-winnter of the Beck International Trophy from the US Ski and Snowboard Association. This is the highest honor that US Ski and Snowboard gives out between all disciplines of skiing and snowboarding.

  • Alaska Winter Stars - named the US Ski and Snowboard Cross Country Club of the Year

  • 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 six of them are home-grown.

    • Scott Patterson B Team

    • Gus Schumacher B Team

    • Logan Hanneman B Team

    • Kendall Kramer Development Team

    • Luke Jager Development Team

    • Hunter Wonders Development Team


  • Congratulations to all of the Alaska skiers named to the US Ski Team:

    • Sadie Maubet Bjornsen - APUNSC - Development Team

    • Rosie Brennan - APUNSC - Development Team

    • Hailey Swirbul - APUNSC - Development Team

    • Hannah Halvorsen - APUNSC - Development Team

    • JC Schoonmacher - UAA skier - home club Auburn Ski Team - Development Team

More updates to come. Please check back for the preliminary 2020-21 ConocoPhillips Besh Cup Schedule.


October 2019
Registration opens October 21 - click the Registration tab in the menu above.


Entry Fees: U16 and up - $35  | U14 - $20 | U08/U10/U12 - $7 | Race Day Entry Fees Increase by $10
Registration for each race weekend closes at midnight on the Wednesday prior to each weekend.
  • All racers in the U16 category and older who register for all six races by November 30, get one free race.

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

  • Remember, 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.

  • Race day registration is available only for participants who hold a current US Ski & Snowboard license. New this year is a requirement by US Ski & Snowboard for 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. US Ski & Snowboard no longer allows short-term memberships for adults. Cross Country Alaska wants you to be able to participate; so please plan accordingly to meet the US Ski & Snowboard license requirement.

New SafeSport Training Requirement & New US Ski & Snowboard Fees

Beginning 2019-20 Ski Season all adult racers are required to complete SafeSport training as part of their US Ski & Snowboard license. This training is required of all coaches and officials of US Ski & Snowboard. The purpose of the training is to educate people about safe behavior, and to help us all be more aware of our environment. and how to help people who may be at risk. The training is to help provide a safe and positive culture and environment for athletes. It helps us all be more aware of those who may be engaged in unsafe behavior. Athletes 18 and older renewing their membership will be directed to the SafeSport training module. Athletes 17 at renewal time will need to complete the training before turning 18. Visit US Ski & Snowboard for details.

Click here for US Ski & Snowboard Membership Rates.

SafeSport Information for athletes who need to complete SafeSport training:

Athletes who are over 18 or turn 18 during the season will see the following pop-up when registering or renewing memberships:




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