Alaska Ski for Women

February 6, 2022

Wow – what an incredible year!! Thank you to our volunteers, sponsors, and most importantly, our participants for making the 2021 Alaska Ski for Women a success! We had over 900 skiers this year, the highest number since 2014. We are so grateful for the outpouring of enthusiasm, generosity and creativity you displayed this year.
 
 
Net proceeds from the event will be donated later this year to organizations working to stop the cycle of domestic violence against women and children. Grants will open in late spring; learn more about our granting process here.
 
Sincerely,
Molly Mylius, Event Director

Triple Patch

The ASFW is designated one of the four Triple Patch women’s sporting events in Alaska. The Triple Patch program provides a classy, distinctive patch awarded to women and girls who complete three of the four designated sporting events in one calendar year. Participation in the Party Wave is counted towards the patch, but participants must insure that the tear-off portion of your bib is taken at the finish line. Complete all four events in the same year and receive a special pin for your patch!

NEW FOR 2021 ONLY: Due to COVID precautions, triple patch (& queen bee pin) eligibility will be based on registration for events rather than proved participation. 

What are the four events?

Details: triplefinish.com

Questions? triplefinisher@gmail.com

Event Details

Support an Important Cause

By joining us, you are helping raise funds for local non-profits that work to stop the cycle of domestic abuse in our community. With your help, we have raised over $1.2 million since our inception.

Costume Contest

Congratulations to our 2021 Costume Contest Winners! The 2021 costume contest was held virtually, with photo entries submitted online. Thank you to our 2021 trio of celebrity judges: celebrated Anchorage skiers Holly Brooks, Hailey Swirbul and Rosie Frankowski!
2021 costume prizes generously donated by Kaladi Brothers Coffee.

Distance Challenge

Congratulations to our top three Challenge Hound individual distance challenge participants. Our winner skied over 100 kilometers in five days!
 
#1: Jenny Kimball (101.46 k)
#2: Debbie Wrigley (84.12 k)
#3: Sarah Brown (67.75 k)
 
Plus an honorable mention to our #4 skier, Elizabeth Knapp (59.5 k). Elizabeth was the volunteer organizer extraordinaire who arranged the Challenge Hound portion of our event this year, among her many other contributions. Thank you, Elizabeth!

Sponsors

Please join us in thanking and supporting our 2021 Alaska Ski for Women sponsors listed below. We wouldn’t be able to have such a quality event nor would our beneficiaries receive critical funding to help stop the cycle of domestic violence against women and children.

Interested in becoming a 2021 sponsor? There are many levels and ways to support the event and the mission. Click here to review sponsorship opportunities and levels, we would be honored if you joined our cause! If you have questions, feel free to email us: alaskaskiforwomen@gmail.com

Thank you to our Alaska Ski For Women Sponsors!

Platinum Event Sponsor:

Platinum Media Sponsor:

Gold Level Sponsor:

Silver Level Sponsors:

Friend Level Sponsors:

Family Level Sponsors:

Merchandise

Alaska Ski for Women merchandise is available to purchase online! Click the picture below to jump to your favorite item:

   

 

Event Details Continued:

Bring the Entire Household

Special for the 25th Anniversary, we are inviting the whole family to participate. While Ski for Women is traditionally a women-only event, we recognize this year it is safer for members of the same household to ski together. This year we are opening registration to everyone – including men!

She-Skis

“She Skis” is a new opportunity we are rolling out for the 25th Anniversary. Guides have volunteered to lead small groups of registered participants along the course, adventuring out at designated times. “She Skis” are designed for people that prefer exploring the course with a small number of peers, guided by an experienced skier.

Bibs

Check your email for a PDF print-at-home bib. Thank you to our longtime bid sponsor, ConocoPhillips Alaska!

Discount Rentals

  • The Anchorage REI is offering 50% off their cross-country ski rental packages during the week of the event. Rentals are for three days and offered on a first come, first serve basis (no reservations).
  • Trax Outdoor Center is offering $20 off their rental gear to event participants during the week of the event.

Course Map

Download the PDF course map here.

The Alaska Ski for Women course is the first half of the Mize Loop at Kincaid Park. The course will be marked from February 7 – 11th in a festive nature and ready for you to ski it!

History

The Alaska Ski for Women (ASFW) was started in 1997 by the Event’s Founding Mothers Ann Mize and Sally Burkholder, both of whom are very accomplished skiers. Ann and Sally noticed a lot of women skied on the wonderful Anchorage ski trails but did not come out to join in the local ski races.

They set forth to create a fun event that would eliminate all of the excuses women often come up with to not participate in ski races; for example, not having a partner to ski with, the men are too aggressive in races and my skis aren’t waxed. The ASFW is just for women, free ski waxing is provided and it is a fun and relaxing atmosphere in which to participate…plus proceeds to go to a good cause.

Why Super Bowl Sunday? Believe it or not the Founding Mothers did not intentionally select Super Bowl Sunday for the first year’s event date. Anchorage is blessed with many wonderful Nordic ski races so when they reviewed the racing calendar they simply picked the only available date – Super Bowl Sunday. It wasn’t until well after the event was planned that the Founding Mothers realized what date their new event was on. After the inaugural year, it is now tradition to always hold the event on that famous football date. Women can ski in the morning and watch the Super Bowl in the afternoon!

Photos & Videos

2020 Photos by Pal Photography

2019 Alaska Ski for Women Photos – Jan Hazen

2018 Alaska Ski For Women Photos– Jan Hazen

2017 Alaska Ski For Women Photos

Contacts

Director: Molly Mylius alaskaskiforwomen@gmail.com

Molly was raised cross-country skiing on the trails in Anchorage. She’s been involved in Ski for Women for over a decade as both a participant and a volunteer. Some of her favorite costumes have included a Hershey bar, polar bear and Tetris piece. In addition to her role as Director for the Ski for Women, she is a race official for the Anchorage high school ski races (aka a “Green Grunt”). Molly works as a community planner for a small firm in Anchorage. In addition to skiing, Molly enjoys traveling, gardening and singing a cappella with both Rewind Quartet and Alaska Sound Celebration.

Looking to Volunteer? Contact Molly at alaskaskiforwomen@gmail.com

Thank you to all the Committee Members for their hours and enthusiasm:

 

Jenny Di Grappa
Greg Dubois
Kelly Fehrman

Rachelle Kannady
Elizabeth Knapp
Diane Moxness

Meg Stehn
Celia Rozen
Julie Truskowski