If you plan on partaking in a cross-country ski adventure during your Alaska vacation, you’ll want to learn all you can about the Juneau Nordic Ski Club. This local non-profit organizes volunteers to groom and maintain trails in the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area, as well as other popular areas. Enjoy a leisurely hike across some of the most beautiful terrains on the planet!Download our free Vacation Guide!
Learn About the Juneau Nordic Ski Club
For 100 to 135 days in the year, members of the Juneau Nordic Ski Club (JNSC) groom and maintain trials around the region. The incredible volunteers work tirelessly, using snow machines and equipment bought thanks to donations to make sure that the trails are usable. They groom sections of the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area, along Montana Creek Road, and trails along the Eaglecrest Ski Area.
Take Advantage of This Resource
Aside from the efforts to maintain trails, the JNSC also keeps their website as a resource for visitors and locals interested in Nordic skiing. On their site, you can brush up on local courtesies as well as the condition of the JNSC-maintained paths.
Strap on Your Skis and Race!
The JNSC also hosts a handful of local races throughout peak ski season, from December to early March. These events include the Eaglecrest Classic, where participants can show of their vintage ski equipment. There’s also the Romantic Relay Under the Stars, where couples can spend the evening skating or skiing together.
If you’d prefer a more serious race, the Buckwheat Ski Classic is the perfect event for you. Founded in the mid-80s by Buckwheat Donahue, this race represents Alaskan spirit and sport. Donahue is famous for his adventurous spirit and great stories. Today, the Buckwheat Ski Classic includes four races, including snowshoe races and 10K, 25K, and 50K ski races. This event takes place in Skagway, Alaska, and is typically followed by a downtown party with live music and plenty of fun! The JNSC offers sponsors the Buckwheat Ski Classic. This event is a must for all Alaskan visitors.
Enjoy Even More Skiing When You Stay at Silverbow Inn
Whether you plan on becoming a member of the Juneau Nordic Ski Club or you simply want to enjoy the cross-country skiing opportunities in town, the first step to your adventure is booking a room at Silverbow Inn. We have the perfect accommodations for anyone looking to enjoy the best of what Alaska has to offer. Our central location in downtown Juneau makes it easy for our guests to enjoy the many wonderful restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, attractions, and more. Add to that our comfortable guest rooms and delicious daily breakfast, and you have the trip of a lifetime!
If you’re new to skiing, consider booking our Build Your Skills Ski Package. Only available in the winter, this package includes a lesson for two with ski rentals at Eaglecrest Ski Mountain, a room at the Silverbow Inn, and a romance three-course dinner at Salt, located next door. You won’t find a better vacation package anywhere else!