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A winter wonderland as hundreds take a solstice ski tour

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Published: Dec. 16, 2018 at 11:04 PM AKST
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Hundreds of people came to the third annual Solstice Ski Tour at Kincaid Park, an opportunity to walk or ski on a 2.5 km trail while also seeing 40 trees decorated for the holidays.

The event acts in part as a fundraiser for the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage but it also functions as an educational opportunity. Sara Kamahele, the program manager at the NSAA, says the non-profit wants to teach people about Anchorage’s 150 km trail system, the work the NSAA does to keep the trails maintained and the opportunities to get out and ski.

Hot cider, marshmallows and bacon were all on offer free across the trails. Hundreds of people stopped to fill up on goodies as thick snow fell.

For people without skis, Skiku, a non-profit that teaches kids to ski in rural Alaska, was providing equipment free of charge. Brian Kirchner, the program manager at Skiku, said the group is happy to partner with the NSAA to “get more kids exposed to a healthy outdoor activity.”