The Juneau Community Foundation funds challenge grant for Juneau Nordic Ski Club

Jim Craig mans one of the snow machines used for grooming nordic ski trails in Juneau, while Amy Carroll and Jack Kreinheder don their skis. The Juneau Community Foundation recently donated $2,500, which with $5,500 from the Juneau Nordic Ski Club has the club halfway to their $16,000 goal to purchase new grooming equipment, allowing the group to groom more trails for community use.

The Juneau Community Foundation established a fund and contributed $2,500 in support of the Juneau Nordic Ski Club’s efforts to raise $16,000 to purchase new cross country ski trail grooming equipment. JCF’s funds, combined with $5,500 from the Nordic Ski Club, present the community with an $8,000 challenge match.


“Nordic skiing has been growing in Juneau significantly,” said JCF’s Executive Director, Amy Skilbred in a press release. “The sport is fun, easy, and inexpensive. We are proud to be able to support such a popular Juneau activity.”

The Nordic Club hopes to raise $16,000 this winter to purchase a quiet, four-stroke snow machine and a state-of-the-art groomer to replace its existing equipment, creating an even smoother and firmer track for striding or skating on skis, even through Southeast Alaska’s challenging winter conditions. The new equipment will become the primary machinery for grooming the campground and lake, freeing up the club’s older machines for grooming additional trails around the community as well as providing a backup in case of routine maintenance or a breakdown.

According to the club’s website, the goal is to purchase a Ski-Dooo Skandic snow machine, which is cleaner and quieter than the models volunteers currently use. The grooming equipment they have in mind is the Yellowstone Track System.

The club maintains groomed cross country ski trails at the Mendenhall Campground, the Mendenhall Lake, and other locations in the Juneau area throughout the winter when snow conditions permit. All labor for the grooming is donated to the club by a team of dedicated volunteers. Funds for the oil, gas, and maintenance of the equipment come from the $25 annual membership of hundreds of Nordic skiers and other supporters. For more information about the Juneau Nordic Ski Club, visit them online at The website also features updates on grooming, weather and trail conditions, information about nordic skiing and equipment, plus ways to interact with the nordic skiing community.

To make donations for the Juneau Nordic Ski challenge match, visit or visit the club’s website.

The Juneau Community Foundation is a local charitable organization established to make it easy for Juneau residents to donate to charitable causes they feel strongly about, such as local recreation programs, schools, scholarships, social services, arts and humanities, or other nonprofit agencies or projects. For more information or to make a tax deductible donation go to Donations may be mailed to Juneau Community Foundation 350 N. Franklin Street #4, Juneau, Alaska 99801.


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