AMH Anchorage Cup


  • Achieve your goals of fitness this winter
  • Fun for all ages and abilities
  • Community ski/Touring wave at each event
  • New to community skis? Come to the introduction at the first event

The AMH Anchorage Cup Citizen Races are five ski events brought to you by the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage and sponsored by Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking. Skiers of all ages and abilities are welcome. The goal is to have fun, ski on well-groomed trails, and enjoy the amazing Anchorage ski community.

This series is similar to the Tuesday Night running series, people of all ages and abilities choose a distance, line up on the start line, and go! Whether you prefer the warmth of wool or the speed of spandex, whether you want to go as fast as you can or ski with friends, it’s a great way to get outside on a Sunday and enjoy the winter!

Can you volunteer? We always need help.

New to racing? Click here to find out How it All Works


Event Day Registration: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Bib pick-up: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Start Times: 12:00 Noon

Extended Registration and bib-pickup for YOUTH racers in 3k & 5k: 12:00-12:15pm, manned by Rady 2 Race Coaches.


Based on age as of 12/31/19 and current membership status. Youth Student Adult
All NSAA Member Non-Member
AGE: 12 & under 13 to 24 25+ 13+
Series Registration (5 Races) $55 $75 $110 $150
Individual Race Registration $15 $20 $30 $40

Anchorage Cup Races

Click on the tabs below to view details for each race

Hillside Freestyle

Co-hosted with Alaska Winter Stars! Thank you for the delicious soup and all your help!
Alaska Winter Stars will provide apres-ski soup – Please bring your own bowl, spoon, and mug if you would like soup

Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Hillside Park, Noon
Classic race
Distances: 15K / 7.5K / 5K / 3K  including youth distance course

Race co-host: Alaska Winter Stars
Course Map -pdf

10am in the Service Gym: New to community races? Learn the ins and outs of this community series and more local events and races. Great for parents and Jr. Nordic families!

Hickok Duathlon

Co-hosted with APU Nordic Ski Team! Thank you for the delicious soup and all your help!
APU will provide apres-ski soup – Please bring your own bowl, spoon, and mug if you would like soup

Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Kincaid Park, Noon
Duathlon race (classic, then freestyle)
Distances: 5K classic + 5K skate or 3K classic + 3K skate  Skiathlon & relay
Race co-host: APU Nordic Ski Team
Course Map -pdf

This is a duathlon event (also called a pursuit) – Solo racers ski around the classic loop and stop in the stadium to exchange equipment before going around the freestyle loop. Solo racers have no requirements for how much equipment they exchange, however, while in the equipment exchange area, they must come to a complete stop and step out of their bindings before continuing on. The equipment exchange area will be in a separate chute from the finish and relay tag zone chute.
Read about Bruce Hickok

Kincaid Classic

Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Kincaid, Noon
Classic race
Distances: 27K / 16K / 5K / 3K  including youth distance course

Race co-host: Sons of Norway
Course Map -pdf

Sprint Relays

-Identify your partner at bib pick-up

Sunday February 9, 2020 at Kincaid Park, Noon
Freestyle race (skate or classic)
Distances: 2 x 2 x 2K (two partners will each ski two 2K laps), including youth distance course: Identify your partner at bib pick-up.
Race co-host: Junior Nordic
Course Map -pdf

-Food Trucks – featuring delicious menus
-Ski Cross course for youth races! (plus unofficial ski cross races for youthful adults)
Youth skiers will do heats of the Ski Cross course at 1:15pm (Ski Cross is a short ski race with obstacles, jumps, etc. to make things interesting and challenge skier’s abilities, it leads to kids becoming experts on skis!)

Sven Johansson

Brought to you by Moose’s Tooth!

Sunday February 16, 2020 at Kincaid Park, Noon
Freestyle race (skate or classic)
Distances: 30K, 10K, 5K, 3K including youth distance course
Course Map -pdf

There will be one feed station in the stadium by Start/Finish transition area. High school volunteers will be handing out water and sports drink. Say hello to them when you ski on by.

Pizza and refreshments brought to you by Moose’s Tooth!

Awards will be given to the top men and women of the Anchorage Cup point winners.


Read about Sven
1959 Sven Article
More History

Race Conditions

Anchorage Cup races will not be held when weather or trail conditions pose a safety risk to participants. When weather or trail conditions are marginal we may encourage participants to enter the shorter distance events. There is no specific minimum air temperature that races will be held. The determination of whether the race can be safely held will be based on multiple factors including temperature, wind, precipitation and course conditions.

The Race Director will make a final determination regarding the acceptability of racing conditions as soon as possible but no later than 10 AM the morning of the race.  Any cancellations or updates will be posted to the NSAA Facebook page. A race that cannot be held due to unsafe conditions will be rescheduled and if there are no available dates it will be cancelled.  Registration fees will not be refunded.


Anchorage Cup Points

Anchorage Cup points will be awarded to everyone who finishes a race. Points are calculated by taking your race time and dividing by the average time of the top 3 finishers in your race. For the longest race course the result will be multiplied by 100. For shorter races, the result will be multiplied by the ratio of your race distance divided by the distance of the longest race. Men and women points will be calculated separately. For determining overall end-of-season Anchorage Cup winners, each person’s top 3 point values out of 4 points races will be totaled.

Points = Time/(avg top 3) x dist/max.dist x 100

Points = Anchorage Cup Race Points

ATTT = Average time of the top 3 finishers in your race

Time = Your time

Dist = Your Course distance

MaxDist = The maxiumu course distance



Thank you to our Title Sponsor, Anchorage Mountaineering & Hiking!




Thank you to our Race Co-Hosts!



AMH Anchorage Cup Race Director: Branden Fontana:

NSAA: 276-7609 or

Registration: 276-7609 or