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Season Photos
We will add your season photos here!

January 16

If you take photos at the races, please consider posting them to Google Photos (it is free and simple to download) or any other online service. That way you can keep adding photos to your account any time! We will then post a link to your "photo album" here.

Thank you in advance for signing up to volunteer. We could not do it without your continued support! Thanks for submitting the team fee so the skiers experience will be awesome!

Your Service Coaches

Jan Buron - Head Coach, c 360-2510
Peter Van Tuyn
Henry Arend
Jani Lane
Suzanne Ward

PARENTS NOTE: If you need to let us know your child is missing practice, have questions, or want to let us all know about an issue, please use the link labeled Email All Coaches button above to email all coaches your note. If you want to send individual coaches a personal note, feel free to use the links above.

Derek Hazen groovin' with the tunes! 1st mascot on skis!

Trail Grooming Update
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Glen Alps Conditions
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Please check the handbook for requirements to receive participation.
Parents, if you would like to know where you kids are participation wise, just email their coach throughout the season. We take attendance daily. We love to hear from you!

Families that ski...

Become a member of the NSAA to help fun trail grooming!We encourage all families to become members of the NSAA - this helps pay for trail grooming and maintenance.

Service High Activities

Contact the Activities Office


Anchorage School District Web SiteRead more about the Anchorage School District Sports Activities

Read HS Sports Activities Manual

Coaches Team Goal

Athletes develop Nordic Skiing as a life long sport while improving their skills and developing a sense of accomplishment. Healthy body healthy mind. Simple.

Welcome to the 2016-17 Service High School Cross Country Ski Team

The green scrolling bordered box below is updated by
Head Coach Jan Buron often.
Check it nightly. It may change often.
Download or View PDF Schedule Below

REGIONS PHOTOS (thank you Jennifer Aist)

CONGRATULATIONS SERVICE - Boys placed 2nd in state and girls placed 5th and Gus Schumacher is State Skimeister!

Congratulations to the Service Cougar State Cross Country Skiers! The boys team was runner up in the state races and Gus Schumacher is the overall State Skimeister! The girls team placed 5th and had some very good individual results! There are not any seniors on the girls state team; so it will be good to have the experience in looking to next year.  Additionally, Ryan Brubaker & Caitlin Gohr were selected to the State Good Sport team and the boys took home the state top GPA Award!

WE NEED PHOTOS! Looking forward to seeing everyone at the banquet on Tuesday. It will be held in the Service Cafeteria. Setup begins at 6pm and the banquet runs 6:30-8:30. Fintan Nakada has been pressured into putting together a slide show. J Thank you Fintan! Please email pictures you have taken to Beth Terry is working on getting the AV equipment together to see and hear the music to accompany the slideshow.

TURN IN UNIFORMS: If you have not turned in your uniform, please bring your washed uniform to the banquet. Place it in a bag (like a Fred Meyer grocery bag) and make sure your name is on the bag. State team skiers – please turn in your vests.

The banquet is potluck format. Please contact Lauri if you can help in anyway.. We know from past years that skiers and families are hungry people! If you can follow the suggested potluck breakdown, we hope to have enough food to feed everyone!

A-E: Dessert items - please bring cutting/serving utensils
F-M: Salad or Side Dish - please bring serving utensils
N-Z: Dinner/Main Dish - please bring serving utensils

For other entertainment – the pressure is on the performers of the Green Grunt Funk poem that was performed at the Valentine’s Day ski race at East High School!


What a great season and we had snow! It sure makes skiing easier.

Wow, some of you may have raced faster than you thought you could, some may have not done as well as you thought you would. Either way, we hope you gave it your all and pushed yourself. If you are coming back next year, we hope the lesson learned is that you enjoy skiing...that you will continue to want to improve your technique and endurance...that your sleep and nutrition plays a large part in your success in academics and in sports. We hope you have all learned the valuable lesson that if you push yourself and do the complete workouts during the practices, you will continue to improve and your race results will improve naturally before your eyes.
Healthy body, healthy mind. It's true!

 If you are a senior, we will miss you. It is bitter sweet to race your last high school race but year after year we continue to see Service xc ski team alumni out on the trails, coming back. Skiing for life.

We will miss all of our Senior have been there year after year supporting the sport and the team. THANK YOU!


Did anyone take photos at any of the races? Please send us the link to your postsed photos! Thanks.
E-NEWS From the Booster CLub - Sign up!

Below are the email blasts that were sent out to parents. If you did not receive one, please email Lauri Bassett at to get your email added to our list so you don't miss out!

February 27, 2017 E-Blast
December 9, 2016 Service Parents E-news

November 29, 2016 E-Blast

November 4, 2016 E-Blast
October 18, 2016 E-Blast


ALL necessary paperwork MUST to be turned into the Activities Office BEFORE you are able to ATTEND practice and/or get practice credit.


2016-17 Fees

Registratiom Forms

Return the following to the Service Activities Office:

Return the following to the Service Coaches and/or read completely:

The below information is mandatory ready to be on the team. Thanks.

Team Information Sheet

Team Handbook


The ski team is a family. The coaches and skiers depend on parent volunteers to create a very positive experience for the athletes.

To inquire about volunteer opportunities, please contact

Please Volunteer Today


Order your team jacket (mandatory), hats, etc. More Info

Team Order Form


All skiers and parents are required to read the team handbook fully.

Skier Contract


Important Links to Get Started

Details to get started, purchase, equipment, etc.
E-NEWS From the Booster CLub - Sign up!

Below are the email blasts that were sent out to parents. If you did not receive one, please email Lauri Bassett at to get your email added to our list so you don't miss out!

October 18, 2016 E-Blast

  1. Spaghetti Feed Hosts
  2. Coffee Pickeruppers
  3. Race Snacks
IMPORTANT NEWS and Links to view

Service Race Day Routines - Every skier must read

Video Ski Techniques - get learned up!

We have a boat load of good ski technique videos.
Everyone should browser through them to pick up some good technique before each race and thoughout the season. You will be ahead if you do.


new to racing? RACE TIPS and RULES
New to racing on the team? Please read the tips about racing below:
  • View Technique Videos
  • Eat a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of fluids. Bring extra snacks (healthy bars, fruit, etc.) to have handy too. Some races you will have to wait a few hours before your start.
  • Hats and ear coverings are required to go out the gate - neck gaiters if it is real cold
  • Typically you will wear long underwear under your racing suit top and bottom - NO COTTON ANYWHERE!
  • Piercing? Remove metal jewelry - you can get frostbite
  • Men, wind briefs - need we say more?
  • When you arrive at race venue coaches will be handing out your bib. DO NOT LEAVE, stick around until you get yours, then you can go warm up before your race start. No bib, no race.
  • You MUST have your bib on the outside of your racing uniform, it can not be covered
  • Remember to warm up 15-20 minutes before your race time, run with high knees for 5 - 10 minutes then warm up on skis, you want your muscles to be warm before you leave the gate!
  • Watch your start time - listen to the announcer to call your wave. (Hint: Watch for bib numbers ahead of you, typically the smaller the numbers the sooner they start)
  • Can you get out of your skis quickly? Practice this in case you run into a moose on the trail!
  • Thank the NSAA Green Grunt Volunteers that are out there running the race - for you :-)
  • Don't be nervous. About 1/4 of all skiers in our High Schools are new at racing so you aren't alone!
  • Trail Etiquette when racing or on a leisurely ski
  • Download this list
Other tidbits

NOTE ABOUT RIDING BUSES TO RACES AND NOTES NEEDED: If your parents are going to take you home for the race, please bring a note in the morning and give it to the coach that is on your bus. You can only go home from a race with your own parents, you can’t go home with another skier or their parents.  upd


Cleaning our your garage? If you have equipment (skis, poles or boots) that you would like to donate to the team, we could use them! We use this equipment for our foreign exchange students. Contact us

SKIERS please read these weight room rules

Skiers you must either get a gym locker (see your PE or Ski coach) or put your bag in the ski room during practice.  Some skiers had things stolen during the first workout.  DO NOT leave bags out in the locker rooms during practice. WRITE YOUR NAME ON EVERYTHING -- Socks, Boots, Skis, Poles, Bags, Hats, Neck Gaiters, Long underwear, Forehead - EVERYTHING! You will be glad you did.

PLEASE REMEMBER, DO NOT WEAR ANY COTTON (sweatshirts, pants, socks, etc.) otherwise, you will not be able to attend practice. Hypothermia is real andfor the skiers own safety, we have to enforce this.

Parent's Emails Needed - PLEASE send us your emails if you haven't already, so we can keep you up to date on the latest from the coaches. We want to stay in touch.


Everyone must wear a team jacket - it is our team uniform. If you were not able to purchase one, we do have a few jackets we can loan out for the season. Please contact one of the coaches.

Skiers and Parents - Please remember all skiers are asked to pay a small team fee - $40 - you also become a Booster Club member. This covers the spaghetti dinners, snacks, banquet, etc. Use the Team Order Form above and then mail in your form to the address at the bottom of form. Thank you.

Buff Woof!You will get a warm and cozy fleece neck buff ... an important accessory while either watching your skier race or skiing on the trails yourself!


Web updates Jan Hazen and sponsored by Homestead Graphics

Get Started - Read First

Please Volunteer!

Booster Club

Service XC Ski Team Facebook pare
View list of Volunteer
s & sign up sheets

Lost and Found


ALSO check here for any lost and found items at any of the races. posted by the NSAA club.Lost & Found
Email us and we will post it on this site too.

Our 2016-17 Ski Team 

If you weren't here when we took the photos - PLEASE email us your photo and we will add it.

Captains Information

Caitlin Gorh, Hannah Watkins, Zach Bassett and Ryan Brubaker

Read what it takes to be a captain and application

SKIERS - Do you have any concerns, comments, anything? Let your captains know - they are there for YOU!

Daily Practice Routine

1. Be dressed out and ready for practice BEFORE our daily meeting at 2:20
2. Check the white board outside the ski room for daily workout
3. Meet with your coach in the area they specify. IF YOU DO NOT SKI WITH YOUR COACH, YOU DO NOT GET CREDIT FOR THAT DAY (unless you ski with another coach for just that day and that coach confirms it is okay. Keep in touch for your safety.
4. New to the hillside trails? Print out a map and take it with you during practices.
5. Enjoy the ride!


Trail Maps


Hillside/Spencer/Tour Area
Hillside Lighted Loops Area
Kincaid Trail Map

Other Anchorage Maps

Waxing Skis

Skiers - you are responsible for waxing your own skis however, the whole team waxes the day before each race. Don't forget, we have a wax clinic in November that is mandatory - this is a great place to learn to wax your skis!

Read How To Wax and more!

Toko - Alaska Race Wax tips
Swix Wax Wizard
Swix Ski School

Buy / Sell Equipment
Want to see something cool?
Fly-over Earth From NSAA ISS
Polar Bear Live Cam
SORE IS GOOD! Find out why...


Zafren for opening her home to our Booster Club Members, Lauri Bassett for emailing our members updates, and Jen Aist for the new photos! Thanks to ALL the help at our race at Service! Thanks to all of you that brought snacks. WE COULD NOT DO IT WITHOUT YOU!

We can not run such a large, talented, ski team without your help. Please sign up to help if you haven't done so already.