Registration opens October 1, 2022. at 10am



  1. Junior Nordic is a Member Only program.
  2. If you need to renew your membership for the 2022-23 season, please click here before trying to register for Junior Nordic.
  3. Not a member yet? Join Here.
  4. Log into your account then select ‘Upcoming Events’ from the portal pages on the left.
  5. Select the practice that you want to register for.
  6. Similar to last year, there will be a waitlist button on the website as of Saturday that you can add yourself to once spots begin to fill up.
  7. Pre-registration only filled half the spots for each location.
  8. The remaining 50% of registration spots will open Saturday, Oct 1st at 10am.
  9. Please be ready beforehand by following the steps in this document. (Updated as of 9.27.22)


The Junior Nordic program provides an opportunity for children to enjoy the Anchorage winter while learning the sport of cross country skiing. Children ages 6 through 14 of all abilities are welcome to join and learn a sport they can pursue for a lifetime. The emphasis is on having fun and learning proper technique rather than competition.

Important Dates


Based on results from the post season surveys from the last two years; the Junior Nordic program will be structured a little differently this season.  Instead of two sessions; there is only one big session with two breaks for both the Anchorage School District winter and spring breaks. Additionally, by observing the ASD calendar breaks, we have the opportunity for make up practices should the weather force us to cancel some earlier in the season. The program will also run longer than it has in the past; in order to enjoy more of Anchorage’s awesome spring skiing conditions. The final change we have made is to split the practices into both weekday and Saturday only times. We’ve got all the practice times, breaks, and dates to be aware of on the calendars below. Please choose from the list which calendar you want to either add to your Google calendar or download a pdf version for your fridge.


Junior Nordic 2022-23 Season Dates-

November 28th-April 1st


Junior Nordic Holiday Break Dates-

December 24th- January 7th

March 11th-18th


Junior Nordic Gear Pick Up-

Sunday, October 23rd


After School M/W 4:30PM-5:30PM Calendar

After School T/R 4:30PM-5:30PM Calendar

Evening M/W 6:30PM-7:30PM Calendar

Evening T/R 6:30PM-7:30PM Calendar

Saturday 10:00AM-11:30AM Calendar


The calendar below has only start, end dates and holiday breaks listed on it. You get to fill in the rest as you need to.

2022-23 Junior Nordic Calendar for the fridge



Practice Times

Practice Times

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGES BELOW FOR THE 2022-23 SEASON. In an effort to decrease the normal Saturday group size, the practice day/times have been split into both weekday and Saturday only practice options.

Choose Location/Days: Practice Start Time
Russian Jack (M/W) M/W: 6:30-7:30pm
Russian Jack (T/R) T/R: 4:30-5:30pm*
Russian Jack (T/R) T/R: 6:30-7:30pm
Russian Jack (Sat only) Sat: 10:00-11:30am
Kincaid (M/W) M/W: 4:30-5:30pm*
Kincaid (M/W) M/W: 6:30-7:30pm
Kincaid (T/R) T/R: 4:30-5:30pm*
Kincaid (T/R) T/R: 6:30-7:30pm
Kincaid (Sat only) Sat: 10:00-11:30am
Hillside (M/W) M/W: 4:30-5:30pm*
Hillside (M/W) M/W: 6:30-7:30pm
Hillside (T/R) T/R: 4:30-5:30pm*
Hillside (T/R) T/R: 6:30-7:30pm
Hillside (Sat only) Sat: 10:00-11:30am

*4:30 – 5:30 After-School is for Polar Cubs (1st time or beginner skiers) and Otters (beginner skiers) only.
6:30 – 7:30 Junior Nordic is for ALL levels (1st time skiers, Polar Cubs, Otters, Wolverines and Hawks).

Arrive at least 15 minutes early so that your skier can find their group, wax skis, and receive necessary information from coaches.

Skiers arriving late will not be able to find their group without assistance from their parents. It is the responsibility of the parent to find the proper group if late.  Do not drop off your child or expect a coach to find the right group.  Junior Nordic will not be responsible for skiers who arrive late for practice. On occasions when you know you will be late, it is best to ski with your child until they connect with their group, or miss a practice.

2022 – 2023 Fees

Junior Nordic is for children ages 6- 14. Your child must be 6 within the first two weeks of the session beginning.

Weekday Practice Sessions: $300

Saturday Practice Sessions: $150

A deposit fee is required for all Junior Nordic gear  (jacket ($65) & skis ($125). As part of your registration confirmation, there is a link to a docusign form for you to fill out. This docusign gear rental form is due before gear pick up. Your credit card will not be charged unless the gear is damaged or not returned at gear drop off.

$90 per child. Parents must provide boots and poles for their children. If renting NSAA skis, please provide NNN binding boots.

A deposit fee is required for all Junior Nordic gear  (jacket ($65) & skis ($125). As part of your registration confirmation, there is a link to a docusign form for you to fill out. This docusign gear rental form is due before gear pick up. Your credit card will not be charged unless the gear is damaged or not returned at gear drop off.

Junior Nordic is a parent volunteer program and we ask that any parents who can volunteer do so. This consists of skiing along with the coaches (in a separate group from your own child), or helping out at equipment pickup, registration, or clean-up/maintenance. If you can volunteer at practice, please contact your coach, if you can volunteer for gear pick up or drop off, the office will send out reminders and requests for volunteer sign up throughout the season.

First time participants receive a free Junior Nordic hat!  Replacement hats are $30 and can be purchased at gear pick up or in the NSAA office.

To receive a refund, a written request to cancel must be postmarked or emailed by the following dates. This policy also applies to ski rental fees.

  1. Two weeks prior to start of Session: 100% refund, minus $15 processing fee;
  2. One week prior to start of Session: 50% refund; minus $15 processing fee;
  3. Later than one week prior to start of Session: Please contact the NSAA office. 

Junior Nordic Scholarship Program

NSAA offers scholarships to local families who are interested in getting started with our Junior Nordic Program. In order to be considered for an NSAA Junior Nordic Scholarship, families still need to be current NSAA members for the season they are applying for. Just click on the scholarship button and download the application from this page and send your application to the NSAA office before October 15th to be considered for the current season. The office will notify the winners by October 20th. Please contact the NSAA office with any questions.

Skills Groups

POLAR CUBS:  Younger beginners learning to feel comfortable on skis, basic diagonal (classical) technique, safety and etiquette.

OTTERS: More advanced beginner skiers learning skate skiing and mastering classical technique, along with safety skills and etiquette.

WOLVERINES: Intermediate skiers learning to put together the techniques of classical and skate skiing to move fast and effortlessly along the trail. Wolverines have more independence on skis, emphasizing group cohesiveness, etiquette and physical stamina.

HAWKS: The most accomplished skiers, learning advanced diagonal and skate techniques as well as racing techniques and strategy. Hawks are the elite, and as such wear the distinctive Hawks jacket. They must demonstrate discipline, cooperation, and desire.

Locations Where Junior Nordic Meets
Hillside/Hilltop Trail System

Meet outdoors behind Service High School at the Little Gym. Some Saturdays, we meet at the Hilltop Trailhead, which is at the far north end of the Hilltop Ski Area parking lot, off Abbott Road. Check your Remind App before practice for updates.


Kincaid Park

All groups will meet outdoors in the area of Kincaid Park (9401 Raspberry Road). Some Saturdays, we meet at the Jodphur Trailhead at Kincaid, which is on Jodphur Road (West on Raspberry Rd to Sand Lake Rd, South on Sand Lake to Kincaid Rd, West on Kincaid to Jodphur, South on Jodphur to the Trailhead). Check your Remind App before practice for updates.


Russian Jack Park

Each skill level group will meet in a slightly different location near the Lidia Selkregg Chalet at Russian Jack Springs Park (ie, in the upper golf course, in front of the chalet, or near the sledding hill) – more details to come.  The Chalet is South of Debarr Road between Bragaw and Boniface, in Russian Jack Springs Park. Check your Remind App before practice for updates.


Skiers will need winter appropriate clothing, skis, boots, and poles.  Each Junior Nordic skier will receive a free Junior Nordic hat.  Jackets are loaned to skiers at gear pick up.  Skis are available to rent; however, we do NOT rent out boots and poles. If you are renting NSAA skis, you’ll need NNN ski boots to be compatible with bindings on rental skis.

Equipment Pick-up: As part of your registration confirmation, you will need to fill out a deposit form with your credit card information for our gear deposit. The deposit for the Junior Nordic jacket is $65 and the deposit for the optional NSAA rental skis is $125. Once our gear is returned to us, we will dispose of the form. We would only charge your card should we need to replace the gear you rented.

NSAA Ski Rental Fee: $90 per per child

Additional deposit fees for the NSAA ski rental ($125) are due at the time of gear pick up. You will only be charged if the skis are not returned at the end of the season or if they are broken when you return them.

NSAA rental skis are available on a first-come basis.  Parents must provide boots and poles for their children. If renting NSAA skis, please provide boots compatible with NNN bindings. NSAA rental skis are combination skis—they work for both diagonal and skate skiing, but if you want high performance skis for an advanced skier they may not be appropriate.

If buying skis, do NOT get the NO WAX variety (fish scales on the bottom) since they will not work when your child starts to skate and they are SLOW for learning skiers.  The best bet is a combination ski which is designed for both diagonal stride and skate techniques. If you already own waxless (fish scale) skis, it will be harder for your child to learn to skate ski when he or she becomes an Otter. It is recommended at that time that you rent NSAA skis.

IMPORTANT! Put your child’s name on their skis by writing it on a piece of electric tape and affixing to the topside of both skis.  We provide tape for names when you pick up your skis at Kincaid.

Junior Nordic provides kick wax for when the kids are skiing classic technique.  When the Otters, Wolverines and Hawks switch from classic to skate technique, the kick wax must be cleaned off the skis.  We have wax remover at all of the venues, but you can also do this at home, with wax remover and a plastic scraper and rag or paper towel.

Ski Return:

To ensure the return of equipment, we require a deposit of either a check or a credit card number when the equipment is picked up. Deposit check or credit card info will be shredded once the equipment has been returned.

Returned skis need to be cleaned of all wax!




NSAA does not provide boots, even if you rent NSAA skis.

Boots must match the ski bindings.

NSAA skis have the New Nordic Norm (NNN) bindings.

Boots are specialized like skis, but a combination boot, which is designed to work for both the traditional diagonal and the skate techniques, is the best value. Remember to get boots that have a little extra room to accommodate wool socks and some foot growth during the season. Feet that are squeezed into boots that are too small are often COLD feet. Please be sure BEFORE you bring your child to ski that the boots fit and stay in the bindings.

NSAA does not rent poles. POLE length ideally varies with the technique.

Polar Cubs: poles should come just above the armpits.

Otters and Wolverines: poles that come almost to the child’s chin.

Hawks: skating poles should come up to the mouth when standing on flat feet. Diagonal (classic) poles should come up just above the bottom of the arm pits.


The key to a happy skier is being warm enough for conditions, but not so bundled up as to prevent movement. The secret is to make sure you have the following LAYERING system:

VENTILATION—closest to the skin to allow perspiration to move away from the skin.  Breathable polypropylene or other synthetic long underwear provides the ventilation layer. NO COTTON!

INSULATION—to trap the warmth generated by your body.  Fleece, wool, or other synthetic material provides the insulation layer. NO COTTON!

PROTECTION—the outer layer that protects you from wind and wet.  Junior Nordic jacket, a pullover type shell, provides the protection layer. Wind pants are often necessary during periods of wind or extreme cold. NO COTTON!

HEADS AND HANDS – Wearing a hat is a must. NO HAT, NO PRACTICE!  For hands, mittens work much better than gloves.  On cold days a neck warmer keeps both the neck and the lower face warm and is required for children with asthma.  A neck warmer can easily be carried in the pocket of the Jr Nordic jacket.

You’ll need to vary the insulation layer based on the temperature, keeping in mind that skiers warm up when they are moving but cool off when they are not. Keeping the extremities warm is the biggest challenge when it is cold. Wool socks over polypro socks will help keep the feet warm. Large wool socks with a hole cut in the toe to put over the boots or boot covers are essential during cold weather.

All skiers must be well fed and should take their medications before practice or as prescribed. A water bottle is required for Wolverines and Hawks and all children with asthma. It is also highly recommended that Otters and Polar Cubs carry water bottles.

MARK ALL OF YOUR CHILD’S CLOTHING, SKI BOOTS, POLES AND SKIS. Write your name on a piece of tape and tape it right on to the skis and poles.

First time participants receive a free Junior Nordic hat!


Local businesses have experts to help you buy the best fitting skis, boots and poles for your child.  If you already have skis (or are renting Junior Nordic skis), bring your skis in with you when you go to purchase boots. If you already have boots, bring those with you when you go to purchase skis.

Polar Cub to Olympian: Kikkan's Story

“This is where it all began for me.  My introduction to cross-country skiing was with Anchorage Junior Nordic League.  I didn’t like it much at first, they made us climb up hills. But then they told me I could go down the hill, any way I wanted… and even go over the jump at the bottom, or make slalom turns – I liked that.

I went through all the levels of Junior Nordic.  First I was a Polar Cub, then an Otter, then a Wolverine, and by that time – you’ll appreciate this – I was motivated by the pink tassel to chase down the fast kids and become a Hawk!  And of course I did, and the rest is history. But I wanted to say today that I’m glad I was in Junior Nordic, and am grateful to all the coaches that I had and who are here now providing that same opportunity I had to the kids, like mine, that are going to grow up needing opportunities to be challenged, have fun and be active.”

-Kikkan Randall, Olympic Gold Medalist, Speaking to the 2017-18 Junior Nordic Coaches

A brief history of Junior Nordic HERE thanks to Kathy Sarns, “I remember young Kikkan Randall…”


Competition & Racing – Ready to Race (R2R)

Because the philosophy of Junior Nordic is to encourage children to learn and enjoy cross country skiing as a lifetime activity, competition and racing are not the focus of the program. The Ready 2 Race is a program geared towards Junior Nordic skiers who are interested in learning more about racing by offering clinics and race support during the season. The Ready 2 Race is $25 per session and can be included in the regular season registration. This program is recommended for Wolverines & Hawks only.

This program is great for skiers looking to participate in middle school ski team or community races, such as the AMH Anchorage Cup races. Ready 2 Race coaches will provide race support at AMH Anchorage Cup races including course preview, help with waxing, answer questions, and lead warm-ups.  Click the link HERE to learn more about competition and racing.

Click Here to see the 2021-22 Schedule.


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