NANA Nordic – taking snow sports to the far corners of the earth
The mission of FIS SnowKidz Organiser NANANordic is to introduce Cross-Country Skiing to rural Alaska through a sustainable Nordic ski programme. The 11 villages in the NANA region, most of which are located above the Arctic Circle, have the ideal terrain and an abundance of snow nearly eight months a year – creating perfect conditions for Nordic skiing.
In April, some of the world's best Nordic skiers assist NANANordic to teach rural Alaska students from Kindergarten through 12th grade how to cross-country ski. A team of coaches spends a week in selected villages, bringing skis, boots, poles and other gear for the children to use. At the end of the week, NANANordic donates the equipment to the schools. Coaches incorporate a variety of games to help the kids feel comfortable on their skis. Students receive instruction in their physical education classes during the school day and an optional, after-school programme. Some kids spend up to three hours or more a day on skis.
In its inaugural year in 2012, 650 students in four villages in the NANA region were introduced to Nordic skiing. The following year, more than 1,500 youth in all 11 NANA villages received instruction. In addition, coaches traveled to White Mountain in the Bering Straits region and Anaktuvuk Pass in the North Slope region. In 2014, NANANordic expects to visit at least 25 villages, including all 11 in the NANA region.
For more information on NANA Nordic visit www.nananordic.com
For more information on FIS SnowKidz visit www.snowkidz.com