APU Nordic Ski Program Overview
Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center began a decade ago as a regional Olympic training center for cross-country skiers. The program developed some of the best elite skiers in the country including many Olympians and national medalists. The Nordic Ski Center’s unique blend of educational opportunity and first-class coaching has drawn student athletes to Alaska Pacific University from all over the country. With the addition of the Thomas Training Center on Eagle Glacier, skiers can train on snow from November to August, longer than anywhere else in the country. However, the center is much more than a training center for world-class competitors. It is also a broad-based program that serves the entire cross-country ski community in Anchorage from elementary-school beginners to adult master skiers. The coaching staff is superb. The programs offer year-round training with impressive facilities and educational opportunities. Many of the skiers earn university degrees as they train and compete. In addition, the community outreach programs are designed to raise skill levels and engender a love of the sport in all ages and abilities of participants.