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2013-14 Season Photos
We will add your 2013-14 photos here!

By Octavia Thompson

Regions Freestyle
Regions Classic Relay

By Jen Aist

Twilight Relay
By Jen Aist

Chugiak Classic
By Jen Aist

Lynx Lopett Day 1
Lynx Loppett Day 2

By Jen Aist

Service Snowball Sprints
By Jen Aist

2013 Wax Clinic
By Jen Aist

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

This may take a little longer to post

Thanks to the Okeson's for opening their home for the Taco Dinner Saturday! Thanks to all of you that helped with the AWESOME BBQ! The skiers really look forward to that tradition each year. As usual, thanks to the many hands that are out there at each race, setting things up week after week. We know who you are, we see you and we appreciate you!

Your Service Coaches

Jan Buron - Head Coach, c 360-2510
Tom Coolidge
Erin Hamilton
Johan Ragner
Jake Todd
(1st part of season)

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 above to email all coaches your note. If you want to send individual coaches a personal note, feel free to use the links above. (listed alpha)

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

Trail Grooming Update
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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 2013-14 Service High School Cross Country Ski Team


The green bordered box below is updated by Head Coach JanB often. CHECK HERE DAILY.

One More Thing Folks: We will be cleaning out the ski room on Tuesday, March 4th at 2:00. EVERYONE PLEASE COME SAY GOOD BYE! We have cards for you to sign and just plain fun camaraderie to be had. See you then!

We will be posting up some year end photos too - seniors, captains, etc. Stay tuned!

Girls - 1st Place Relay Team - 2nd Place overall in State!
Boys - 3rd Place Relay Team - 4th Place overall in State!

Both Varsity Women and Men Won TOP GPA awards at State.
That is AWESOME!

DAY 1 Freestyle by Octavia Thompson
DAY 2 Classic by Octavia Thompson
DAY 3 Relay by Octavia Thompson

Thanks to our wonderful booster club.

Season End
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, man.

 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!

A few more photos coming  so "watch for it..."

Clean Team Uniforms should be turned into Erin at school.


Booster Club Seats Open

Keep up to date by reading the latest E-news

Feel left out? Send us your email, become a Booster Member and we will add you to our e-news!

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.
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.  We must have the note as you get on the bus so that we know how many kids are coming back with us.  If we there are only enough kids for one bus on the way back, we need to tell the bus drivers in the morning so that we don’t get charged for the return trip.  Most races have awards after the end of the race, we encourage all skiers to stay until the awards.  Remember, your team captains are working very hard to help Service win the Spirit Award this year.  We need to have everyone cheering at the races and the awards to do that.   Please don’t ask the coaches for paper to write a note in the middle of the race, we are still helping the skiers who haven’t started yet. If you don't have a note when you get ON the bus, you will have to ride the bus home. Thanks for your understanding, Your Coaches

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


Dates to Remember

  • Monday, February 24 - End of Season Banquet

Important Links to Get Started


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 required 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 submit your $$ to a coach at practice. 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

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s & sign up sheets

Lost and Found

My name is Heather Jensen.  During the relay race, I lost my skate skis.  Is there any way that you or one of your skiers has an extra pair of Atomic blue skis and some poles.  My poles have a cork handle and are silver.  If one of you guys has them, please email me, or get a hold of Trond or Shelly on the Dimond Ski Team.  My parents and I are very upset because we just bought those skis.  Please let me know ASAP. Heather

A pair of Service High School spandex pants were left behind during the first day of the Lynxloppet race. If it is found please email me, Morrigan at or contact any of the Service coaches. Thank you.

DID YOU PICK UP THE WRONG SKI BAG AT THE LYNX? One of my skiers is missing her ski bag (It is a grey Swix bag labeled with her name: Carlie Gellert. She also picked up a similar bag that was where her's was with skis that have Garth Schulz's name and number on them (he's no longer a high school skier so I think he probably sold those skis to someone). Wendy & Carlie Gellert, 907-258-2933, 907-830-4720 or contact

Atomic ski bag with Swix Ski poles and ski ties inside, left by the bunker door on  Dec 14 after the Lynx Loppett. Please contact Bob Thompson at (907)227-8261 or email (Name and phone number is also on the bag).


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 2013-14 Team

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

2013-14 Captains Info


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

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 on November 20th 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 or Sell Equipment Here!
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.