Junior Nordics: News and Announcements

  • 02/18/2017 14:03 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ConocoPhillips Winter Carnival is this Sunday, Feb. 19th from 2-3:30 at Birch Hill. Everyone 
    is welcome so be sure to invite your friends and come get to know the FXC kids! 

  • 01/07/2017 14:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy New Year!

    Hope you enjoyed the holiday break and were able to get in some wonderful ski adventures. The Sunday edition of Jr. Nordic lessons resumes tomorrow Sunday, January 8th. I'm hoping the weather will be warm enough to ski. The JN weather policy is if it is colder than -5F at 12pm, lessons will be cancelled.   I will send out a message by noon so be sure to check your email or call 457-4437.  

     There has been a change to the upcoming Town Series #3 which will now be a mass-start classic race. If your child is interested in racing for the JN program, send me an email by 8pm Wednesday, January 11th and include ALL of the following information; name, gender, birth date and grade. 

    Just a reminder to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to lessons to be sure that your child finds their group. Please label all equipment as we had more than a few mix-ups last semester. Also, be sure to visit the snack sign-up sheet if you haven't done so yet this year. That continues to be an exciting time for the kids! 

    Thank you! See you soon!

  • 12/31/2016 20:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy New Year JN Parents & Skiers!

    We hope you are all enjoying the tremendous snowfall! 

    Just a reminder that lessons will resume Sunday January 8th 2-3pm at Birch followed by Monday January 9th, Tuesday January 10th and Thursday January 12th.

    Online registration is now available for the spring session. Those dates are: March 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6.
    Click here to register for the Spring Session. The deadline to register for the Spring session is March 15.

  • 11/29/2016 10:12 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • 11/29/2016 10:05 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Town Race series #2 is this Saturday, Dec. 3rd. This is a fun event for all ages!

    If you would like to participate, please email Sally Endestad fairbanksjrnordics@gmail.com with your child's name, gender, grade and date of birth by 8pm Wednesday Nov. 30th

    For more information visit http://skiraces.sportalaska.com/2016-2017/town_series.html

  • 11/29/2016 09:55 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     There will be no Junior Nordic lessons if it is colder than -10F two hours prior to lessons. Temperatures will be monitored using http://climate.gi.alaska.edu .

       If you have not received an email about canceling lessons, consider them a go!

  • 11/23/2016 19:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There will be no Junior Nordics on Thursday, November 24th.
    Lessons will resume Sunday, Nov. 27th at Birch Hill Recreation Area.
    Think Snow!!

  • 11/02/2016 16:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The NSCF Junior Nordics program is a great way to keep kids active, which helps them be happy and successful. To aid in smoothly integrating Junior Nordics into your busy life here is a list of suggestions:

    • If you have multiple skiing kids take a notebook to the store and jot notes on boot, ski and pole sizes needed for all children.
    • Visit ski swaps to look for your specific needs before shopping at stores for retail prices. The kids grow so fast and you might find that they grow out of their equipment during the season. To avoid this problem, purchase boots with a bit more room and double the socks. Those added layers might be used in Fairbanks when our cold temps hit.
    • Make sure if your child has never skied before to try on all the equipment inside on your living room carpet (before you put on any wax!). Allow your skiers the space to move around and find their balance a few times. Carve out some time at the ski area for them to safely put on their skis and begin to slide around even if they've never tried it before. That will help give them the necessary confidence it will take to successfully navigate the first lessons.
    • A sense of humor on really cold days goes a long way in creating the steadfast attitude that all things are possible with the right attitude. Whatever the conditions, we’ll make the best of it.
    • On cold days always carry extra mittens, neck warmers, and chemical hand and toe warmers. The latter are available in sporting goods stores and can be reused multiple times if you seal them in a jar before they lose their heat.  
    • Your car should be stocked with an extra bag containing socks, hats, mittens, etc. You will need them at some point for your children or others who may be skiing with you.
    • Label everything! Lesson days get crowded with excited kids who may not be paying attention when they pick up their belongings. Take a moment to be sure they have theirs, not someone else’s.
    • A warm snack before Jr. Nordics lessons along with water in the car for afterwards (they really do work up a sweat!) go a long way to make your experience a good one. It also sets the stage for caring for their bodies in any future endeavors.
    • Enter the Kinross Fort Knox Town Series races!!!! They are family oriented and give your child a chance to strut their stuff no matter their level.  
    • Show up and ski—even just once. Nothing reinforces the fun more than seeing mom or dad out there with them.  Plus, it is good for mom or dad to get some fresh air.  It might just turn into a wonderfully healthy habit! (Adult lessons are often available during Junior Nordics.)
    • Ski with you kids when they are not at Junior Nordics. Pick a lovely Saturday and ask your kids to take you for a ski at the UAF or Birch Hill trails. Believe it or not, that little bit of interest you show goes a long way and makes for a great family outing. 
    • Sometimes in the beginning the bundling-and-getting-out-the-door process takes longer than the actual skiing time.  Try to be OK with this!  Eventually the time spent skiing exceeds the preparation time. Listen to your child. There’s a difference between needing a bit of encouragement and gently prodding your child when they’re not excited about skiing. Don’t ever force your child to participate.
    • Building relationships is extremely important in your child’s life. If you have an introvert and your personality is an extrovert, be sensitive to that. Give them adequate space to form their own bonds. Stay after the session, speaking with other parents, so that your child has the space to develop relationships with other kids.
    • Creating the desire for healthy exercise is part of parenting. If parents make daily exercise a habit, kids learn by imitation and make exercise a part of their daily lives. Children aim to please their parents. Whether kids decide to ski as part of a competitive club or not shouldn’t matter. The ultimate goal is to have children moving and enjoying the sport of cross-country skiing.

    Sally Endestad is the NSCF Junior Nordics coordinator and a parent of two skiers.

  • 07/15/2016 17:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NSCF Junior Nordics program offers a three-week spring session Tuesdays and Thursdays at Birch Hill from March 8-31 (but no sessions during the week of spring break, March 14-18). If you missed the action over the winter, join us for six action- packed lessons. Ski club member prices are $35 for one day per week and $65 for two days per week. Non-ski club member prices are $60 for one day per week and $100 for two days per week.. Register online at www.nscfairbanks.org under the LEARN tab. Contact Sally Endestad at 371- 9564 or fairbanksjrnordics@gmail.com for more information.

NSCF Vision

For anyone in the Fairbanks community to be able to experience the enjoyment and benefits of cross country skiing.

NSCF Mission

To provide the opportunities, programs, facilities, and expertise to grow and support lifelong cross country skiers.