About AMH Anchorage Cup

The AMH Anchorage Cup Citizen Races are seven ski races sponsored by the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage. Skiers of all ages and abilities are welcome. The goal is to have fun, ski on well-groomed trails, test your ability, meet new friends and see old ones.

Volunteer with AMH Anchorage Cup! If you can help in any way, please contact:
Raye Ann Neustel, Race Director riverhag@yahoo.com 907-947-1590


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Registration Opens October 1st

Mail 2016-17 Registration Form along with payment to:

2017 AMH Anchorage Cup Registration Form– pdf

NSAA /AMH Anchorage Cup Ski Races
203 W. 15th Ave., Suite 204
Anchorage, AK 99501
NOTE: Mail-In forms must be received by 5 PM on the Friday before the race.

Race day registration will be accepted at the race location from 10 to 11 AM. Bring 2016-17 Registration Form


2016-2017 RACE SEASON


Based on age as of 12/31/16 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 $105/ $115
Individual Race Registration
Online/By mail or in-person

$15/ $25

$20/ $30 $30/ $40 $40/ $50
*Original Races: Sprint, AMH Freestyle, Hickok, Pia’s, Sven


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

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 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.  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 passes or individual races. Series points will only be awarded for the original 5 AMH Anchorage Cup races. 

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



Wooden Ski Classic

Sunday November 27, 2016 at Russian Jack Springs Park, Noon- CANCELLED

Wooden Ski Classic Description: 

Costume and wooden skis NOT required! Come out and see the great outfits! Bring out your knickers and wooden skis for an old town classic ski race. Event is cosponsored by the Sons of Norway. Waves begin with authentic costume + wooden skis (you start later if you’re wearing plastic skis and Lycra). HINT: Authentic = Scandinavian design and wool knickers, wool skirts, wool hats, wool sweaters. Proceeds go to NSAA college scholarship fund.

Stay for the Traditional Scandinavian breakfast in the Russian Jack Chalet


Sprint Relay

Sunday December 11, 2016 at Kincaid Park, Noon

Sprint Relay Description:

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

This is a 2 x 2 x 1 race and each skier will ski 2 1km laps. There will also be a shorter youth race, a Team Sprint, directly after the adult race.

Detailed Sprint Relay Race Information


Hickok Duathlon

Sunday January 8, 2017 at Hillside Park, Noon

Hickok Duathlon Description:

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

This is a combined 7.5K classic race and 7.5K freestyle race.  There are two categories; solo and relay.

Registration: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Bib pick-up: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Start Times: 12:00 Noon Solo racers start, 12:06 PM Relay teams start
Distance: 7.5k classic ski race combined with a 7.5k freestyle race

Detailed Hickok Duathlon Race Information

Read about Bruce Hickok


AMH Freestyle

Sunday January 15, 2017 at Kincaid Park, Noon

AMH Freestyle Description:

The new AMH Freestyle offers 7.5 K and 15 K distances (2.5 K for kids) for skiers ready to test their early season training and determine what is needed to prepare for the longer races to come.  Overlapping 5 K and 2.5 K loops will bring all competitors through the stadium three times past a conveniently located feed behind the scoreboard.  Choose the course which provides the right level of challenge for your fitness and ability from beginning citizen racers to elite skiers.  All racers will be on the courses simultaneously at some point giving beginners and elite skiers the opportunity to observe at close range how the other half skis.

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


Pia’s Classic

Sunday January 29, 2017 at Kincaid Park, Noon

Note: Race Pia’s to get a pace and be seeded for the classic race in the 2017 Tour of Anchorage

Pia’s Classic Description:

A classic ski race with your choice of distance: 5k, 15k or 30k. There will also be a 2.5k fun race for youngsters.

Format: Classic Race
Registration: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Bib pick-up: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Start Time: 12 Noon

Detailed Pia’s Classic Race Information

Read about Pia

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

Sven Johansson

Sunday February 19, 2017 at Kincaid Park, Noon

Note: Race the Sven to get a pace and be seeded for one of the freestyle races in the 2017 Tour of Anchorage

Sven Johansson Description:

30K and 10K events, 3K for the kids, pizza and big prize drawing afterwards.

Registration: 10 AM to 11 AM
Bib pick-up: 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Start Time: 12:00 Noon
Distance: 30k, 10k, 3k youth

Detailed Sven Johansson Race Information

Read about Sven

1959 Sven Article

More History

30K Course Map10K & Youth Course Map

Phat and Freestyle Duathlon

Sunday March 12, 2017 at Kincaid Park, Noon

Note: remember March 12 is daylight saving time, spring forward into spring!

Phat and Freestyle Description:

10k Fat Tire Race + 10k Freestyle Race

Start Time: 12:00 Noon
Distance: ~10k fat tire bike + 10k freestyle ski

Detailed Phat and Freestyle Race Information





AMH Anchorage Cup Race Director: Raye Ann Neustel riverhag@yahoo.com

NSAA Program Manager: Tamra Kornfield tkornfield@anchoragenordicski.com

NSAA Office Manager: Amber Adams aadams@anchoragenordicski.com