Dates & Times
February 4th-5th, 2023
February 4th-5th, 2023
The Alaska Ski for Women is North America’s largest women-only cross-country ski event, with close to 1,000 Alaska women coming together to ski at Kincaid. 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 non-profits 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. The whole family is invited to ski the course – including men.
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. Men are encouraged to volunteer and cheer on Sunday.
Download the 2023 poster here!
Go to the bib pick up section for in-person registration options.
ABOUT THE CAUSE
Learn more about the different event options here.
Bib Pick Up and In Person Registration
Wednesday, February 1st: Online registration closes at noon
Thursday, February 2nd: In person registration and bib pickup from noon until 7 pm at the Midtown Mall (600 E Northern Lights Blvd). This is the preferred bib pick-up date. We will also have merchandise available for sale and silent auction prizes on display. Silent auction will go live at noon.
Friday and Saturday, February 3-4th : Late registration and bib pickup will be available at the blue timing building in the Kincaid stadium from 11:00 am until 5:30 pm.
Sunday, February 5th: Late registration (party wave only) and bib pickup will be available at the Kincaid Chalet starting at 9 am
Costume Contest Categories
Sign up to volunteer!
Registration Limited Edition Item. The first 100 individuals to register at the $75 or higher donation threshold will receive a commemorative Alaska Ski for Women waist pack.
As of Wednesday, Feb 1st all Alaska Ski for Women merchandise can be purchased at bib pickup.
Merchandise can either be picked up at the NSAA Office, bib pickup or on event day.
Parking and Shuttles
Silent Auction will be live from noon Feb 2nd to 8pm Feb 5th.
Items will be on display at bib pickup on Feb 2nd and in the Kincaid chalet from 10am-2pm on Feb 5th.
See below for more details.
Overview – 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.
Where do the event proceeds go? – 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.
Who is eligible to apply for a grant? All grant proposals must meet the following criteria:
The recipient is an Alaska-based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Provides services to survivors of domestic violence and their families or provides a program that is working to stop the cycle of domestic violence in Alaska.
Provides services that promote physical and emotional well-being through a healthy lifestyle.
What are the anticipated grant amounts and timeline? 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.
How does my organization apply? 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.
Thank you to all the Committee Members for their hours and enthusiasm:
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 2023 event? Download the packet here to learn more.
9170 JEWEL LAKE RD
ANCHORAGE, AK 99502
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