Thank you letters for the week of Nov. 14, 2021

Thank you, merci, danke, gracias, gunalchéesh.

The Juneau Nordic Ski Club is excited to welcome in the 2021/22 Ski Season! A 501(c)3 non-profit operating in the City and Borough of Juneau since 1988, our mission is to put more people on skis more often, on more connected kilometers. Skiing on Lingít Aaní, we groom cross-country ski trails for the enjoyment of all at Montana Creek, the Mendenhall Campground and Lake, at Eaglecrest before and after their normal operating season, and when snow allows on the Pioneer Road and other “pop-up” locations around the Borough.

In the new ski year, we are looking forward to seeing our members out on the trails and the next generation of Olympic hopefuls in our elementary, middle, and high-school ski programs achieve new heights (and speeds!). We especially look forward to seeing people from the community participate in our many club-sponsored events, including waxing clinics, a women’s ski series, the annual Border-to-Border festival, ski-o-caching, and our inaugural Romeo Race. Stay tuned to our social media and website ( for more info!

Mostly, we want to thank the many contributors who make cross country skiing happen in Alaska’s Capital City. Hundreds of donors and nearly a thousand members support our efforts to consistently groom all winter, sponsor fun community events, and provide equipment and coaches to over 100 Juneau youth:

The Juneau Community Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, Douglas-Dornan Foundation, Blackwell Foundation, CBJ Youth Activity Grant Program, The Smith’s boatyard for housing our grooming equipment over the summer, Valley Medical, Juneau Emergency Medical Associates, Greg and Tam Cook, the Elizabeth Aarvold Haas Memorial Fund, Scott and Betsy Fisher, Stephen Kocsis & Cristina Della Rosa, Kathy Kartchner, Geoff and Marcy Larson, and the hundreds of other donors and volunteers who make Nordic skiing a reality in Juneau. We ski on Aani lands and … add this statement?

Finally, an appreciation for Lingít Aaní. Gunalchéesh to the T’aaḵu Kwáan and A’akw Kwáan, people who have inhabited and cared for the lands within and around Anax Yaat Andagan Yé (Douglas) and Dzantik’i Héeni (Juneau) since time immemorial. Join us in using the traditional names of the places we stride, alongside a commitment to better understanding the rich and complex history of this place we call home.

Ski respectfully, gunalchéesh.

The JNSC Board of Directors: Frankie Pillifant, Mike Hekkers, Tim Blust, Kate Slotnick, Roman Motyka, Julius Adolfsson, Odin Brudie, Jordan Tanguay, Fred Hiltner and Wayne Carnes.

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