Ski 4 Kids Day is a festive winter day full of events for children aged 1-14. This fun day co-hosted by NSAA and Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department includes a 3 km race, a short storybook trail, an obstacle course, and a lemon drop biathlon. Kids will have opportunities to try snowshoeing, sit skiing, orienteering, and skijoring. Representatives from our local Ski Jumping and Speed-skating Clubs will also have information and demonstrations in the chalet. This Healthy Futures event hopes to expose and excite kids about winter outdoor sports and to promote fitness for Anchorage area youth.
Proceeds from this event directly benefits kids! Funds raised go toward purchasing ski equipment for the Anchorage Parks and Recreation’s Ski Outreach Program, a NSAA grant program that provides ski equipment to schools and youth organizations, and to the new NSAA Ski 4 School-kids Program.
Cost to participate?
There is no set participant fee for Ski 4 Kids, just a tax-deductible donation of your choice. Proceeds from the event directly benefit the Anchorage Parks and Recreation’s ski Outreach Program and an NSAA Grant Program with provides ski equipment to schools and youth organizations. Give generously!
We recommend a $15 per kid donation.
What to Expect?
The 3 km Mize Moose Loop will have both a timed (for racers) and untimed waves (just for fun). Parents are welcome to ski along with their kids. The Story Book Trail is a short loop illustrated with a story written by local elementary school kids. Each kid will receive a special Ski Bear Lift Ticket that will encourage him/her to try out all the activities.
All kids will receive a finish medal, and goody bags with items provided by event sponsors. A healthy light lunch in the chalet and a special prize will culminate this great day.
Where does the money go?
The Municipality of Anchorage Parks and Recreation Ski Outreach Program has been bringing ski instructors and equipment to schools since 1995. Thousands of children have benefited from this program that has worked with Anchorage School District’s Title One schools as well as other Anchorage organizations including McLaughlin Community Detention program, Southcentral Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, Alaska Children’s Services and Girl Scouts. Funds raised at this year’s event will also help provide ski coaching for local elementary schools through the new NSAA Ski 4 School-kids Program.
Funds from the Ski 4 Kids Event also funds the NSAA Ski Equipment Grant program which awards money to buy ski equipment for local schools and youth groups. For more information, or to apply for a grant, check out Grant Page.
9:00 am - 11:00 am Bib Pickup and Late Registration
Kincaid Chalet opens for bib pickup, ski bear fun pass pickup, ski checkout, late registration and limited edition Ski 4 Kids T-shirt and buff sales.
10 am - 12:30 pm
Ski Bear Fun Pass Activities Where: Kincaid Chalet
Here’s how it works:
Pick up your pass in the chalet at the Ski Bear station.
Visit as many stations as you can.
Stations are located inside the chalet and around the stadium area. Look for the numbered signs. (see map)
Have each station mark your pass.
Pick up your prize at the Ski Bear station between noon and 1 PM.
10 am Snowshoeing, Orienteering Treasure Hunt, Speedskating, Ski Jumping, Photo with Flat Kikkan Where: Various locations
10:45 am Group photo for 2014 Olympians Where: Kincaid
11 am Mize Moose Loop Race 3k and Blue Bear Story Book Trail 1/2k
Wave starts for timed and untimed skiers in the 3K race followed by the start of the short Story-book Trail Where: Kincaid Stadium
11:15 am - 2:00 pm
Course, Ski Joring with Fido, Lemon Drop Slingshot Biathlon, snowshoeing and more fun! Where: Kincaid Stadium