The Moose Mountain Sunrise ski tour, taking place this Saturday, offers cross-country skiers a hilly course on which to greet the winter sun. This tour, offered by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, follows an out-and-back course that goes to the top of Moose Mountain and beyond — but only if you want to go that far.

Skiers must be proficient in skiing both up and down hills. The trail will be very well groomed, but will have no classic track. The group’s goal is to be at the top by sunrise.

The tour starts at the home of tour leaders Bob and Sharon Baker, at an elevation of about 1,100 feet and climbs up to 2,000 feet. The first 2 kilometers are all uphill, and are steep at times. The next 2-4 kilometer are ups and downs and some flat-ish portions. The final 2 kilometers are at a very steep decline — they are the same 2 kilometers you'll climb at the start.

Those interested should arrive at Bakers’ home at 3020 Moose Mountain Road at 9:30 a.m. The tour will begin at 10 a.m. The route is roughly 8-12 kilometers and is expected to take 2-4 hours.

There is no temperature cut off for this event. Please R.S.V.P. for the tour as there is limited parking. There will be hot drinks and snacks afterwards at the Baker’s home. All are welcome to bring some snacks. You can reach the Bakers at 907-455-6689. Details can also be found on the NSCF Facebook page: