AMH Anchorage Cup


  • Achieve your goals of fitness this winter
  • Fun for all ages and abilities


  • Kids race their first race FREE
  • Community ski/Touring wave at each event
  • New to community skis? Come to the introduction at the first event, Dec. 10!

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. Please contact:
Race Director, Brenden Fontana

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


Register online and save $10!

Registration Opens October 1st

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


2017-2018 RACE SEASON


Based on age as of 12/31/17 and current membership status.


Student Adult
All NSAA Member



11 & under

12 to 24 25 +


Series Registration (5 Races)*
Online/By mail or in-person
$35/ $45 $50/ $60 $80/ $90 $135/ $145
Individual Race Registration
Online/By mail or in-person

$15/ $25

$20/ $30 $30/ $40 $40/ $50


AMH Freestyle

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Kincaid Park, Noon

Freestyle race (skate or classic)

Distances: 7.5km, 15km, and a shorter race for kids

10am in the Bunker: 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

Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Hillside Park, Noon

Co-hosted with APU Nordic Ski Team! Thank you for the delicious soup and all your help!

Duathlon race (classic, then freestyle)

Distances: 15km (combined 7.5km classic race and 7.5km freestyle race) as solo or relay, and a shorter race for kids

Detailed Hickok Duathlon Race Information

Read about Bruce Hickok


Pia’s Classic

Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Kincaid Park, Noon

Classic race (classic only)

Distances: 5km, 15km, 30km, and a shorter race for kids

Detailed Pia’s Classic Race Information

Read about Pia

COURSE MAP: 30k Course, 15k Course, 5k Course

Sprint Relays

Sunday February 11, 2018 at Kincaid Park, Noon

Freestyle race (skate or classic)

Distances: 2 x 2 x 1km (two partners will each ski two 1km laps), and a shorter race for kids


Sven Johansson

Sunday February 18, 2018 at Kincaid Park, Noon

Freestyle race (skate or classic)

Distances: 10km, 30km, and a shorter race for kids

Detailed Sven Johansson Race Information

Read about Sven

1959 Sven Article

More History

30K Course Map10K & Youth Course Map

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.


Race Details

Participants will have the option to buy a 5-race series pass or register for individual races. Series points will only be awarded for finishing the full distance at the following races: AMH Freestyle, Hickok Skiathlon, Pia’s Classic, and the Sven Johansson.

Age Groups: 13 & under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
Prize drawings and refreshments following the event.

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



AMH Anchorage Cup Race Director: Branden Fontana

NSAA Program Manager: Tamra Kornfield

NSAA Office Manager: Amber Adams