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 affects to 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 Developement 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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