28th Anniversary Alaska Ski for Women
Sunday, February 4, 2024
The Alaska Ski for Women is North America’s largest women’s cross-country ski event, with close to 1,000 Alaska women coming together to celebrate skiing in beautiful Kincaid Park. On the first Sunday in February, women of all ages and abilities come out to ski approximately 4 km (2.4 miles), many in colorful costumes. The event supports the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage and nonprofits working to stop domestic violence in Alaska.
The course at Kincaid will be decorated and open to anyone who would prefer to avoid the crowds and ski independently. Skiers of any gender are invited to register and ski the course – bring the whole family!
Our timed events, costume contest, and party wave are back this year. Timed events are for girls and women only; all youth under age 12 are welcome to register and participate in the party wave. Anyone not racing is encouraged to volunteer and/or cheer!
ABOUT THE CAUSE
Detailed Weekend Schedule
Saturday, February 3rd
Sunday, February 4th
* Estimated event times
Bib Pick Up and In Person Registration
Online registration closes on Wednesday, January 31st at noon to give our volunteers time to get ready for Thursday bib pick up. It will reopen on Friday, February 2nd. Did you miss the online registration window? No problem! Register in person:
Costume Contest Categories
The costume contest will happen on Sunday, February 4th, so start planning your costumes! Categories include:
Costume contest start time: 11:45 am
Special edition items for 2024, including limited-edition crew necks, shorts, hats, and mugs! ASFW items are available for sale in person the following dates and times:
All Ski for Women merchandise will be available to order online for pickup at the NSAA office beginning Feb 5th.
Don’t let access to gear stand in the way of your participation! Registered skiers can bring their race bib to REI Anchorage to enjoy a discount on rental skis, boots, and poles for the event weekend (2/1-2/4). Here’s how:
Bib pickup is at the Midtown Mall, just down the hall from REI. You can plan to save time by picking up your bib and rental gear in the same trip!
Parking and Shuttles
Park at Kincaid Elementary School (4900 Raspberry Road) and hop on a comfy event shuttle sponsored by Premier Alaska Tours. We recommend getting to the shuttle at least one hour before your start time. Shuttles depart every 20-30 minutes.
Parking at Kincaid Park is limited. If you choose to park at Kincaid, consider carpooling! Kincaid Elementary School can also be used as a carpool meetup location. Allow plenty of time before your event for parking and follow the guidance of our parking volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 210.
The Silent Auction will be live from noon on Thursday, February 1st to 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 4th.
Items will be on display at bib pickup on Feb 1st and in the Kincaid chalet from 10 am-2 pm on Feb 4th.
View and bid on Silent Auction items HERE!
Over the past several years, the Alaska Ski for Women has donated over $1,200,000 to the local community, non-profit organizations helping to stop the cycle of domestic abuse against women and children in Alaska. This strong, financial support is made possible by Alaska Ski for Women donors, participants, merchandise, and silent auction sales.
Through the generous donations of ASFW participants, and the hard work of our all-volunteer committee, the race is able to make an impact in the community by contributing to groups that actively work to improve women’s lives. A special focus is ending the cycle of violence against women and their families, supporting their recovery after crisis, and helping women in crisis find positive solutions to a healthier life. In addition, proceeds from the event support the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage, with 20% of net proceeds going to NSAA.
All grant proposals must meet the following criteria:
Total grants awarded each year depending on the success of the ASFW event. Total grant funds typically range from $25,000 – $30,000. The grant application period usually opens mid April and is open for one month. Applications are reviewed by a grants committee, with final recommendations approved by the NSAA board in June.
The grant application will be posted to this webpage. If you would like to be notified when the application packet is available, please email alaskaskiforwomengrants@gmail.
$19,000 to Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC) to support one of their Children’s Advocate positions. The Children’s Advocate team works closely with parents and children to ensure that children’s needs are met while they are going through the stress and trauma that results from domestic violence.
$4,000 to Covenant House Alaska to support their Passage House program. Passage House is a transitional living program for young women ages 16 – 22 and their babies, soon entering its 30th year of operation.
$26,000 to Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC) for their Children’s Advocate staffing in their shelter-based program
$5,000 to Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) for security equipment for survivors
$25,747 to Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC). In 2020 The Alaska Ski for Women grant committee decided to award 100% of the net proceeds from the 2020 Alaska Ski for Women event to AWAIC. In times of COVID-19, NSAA and ASFW want to show our support for what AWAIC is doing for the community. Together, we can stop the cycle of domestic violence and help women in crisis find positive solutions to a healthier life.
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.
Jenny Di Grappa
Please join us in thanking and supporting our Alaska Ski for Women 2023 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 being a sponsor for the 2024 event? Download the packet here to learn more.
9170 JEWEL LAKE RD
ANCHORAGE, AK 99502
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