Winter bike camping presentation, Beaver Sports, 6 p.m.
Skiers, snowshoers, dog mushers and snowmachiners go winter camping, so why not bikers? Fairbanks winter biker Josh Spice will provide some insight as to the intracacies of camping with a bike in the Interior.
With hundreds of miles of bike-friendly winter trails in the Interior, there are lots of opportunities for winter bike camping adventures. Spice will talk about where to go, how to stay comfortable, how to carry gear on a bike, what to bring and tips and tricks for staying warm.
Fly fishing seminars/classes, Sophie Stations Suites and Big Ray’s Fly Shop, Friday 6-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday,
Alaska fly fishing guides Lee Kuepper and Paul Tornow from Alaska’s Angling Addiction will be at Big Ray’s Fly Shop in Fairbanks to offer a weekend’s worth of presentations and classes. They operate fly fishing schools on the Kenai Peninsula, Prince of Wales island, and in the Bahamas, but their day-to-day fishing is done on the Kenai River. They pride themselves in always learning and innovating new ways to catch more fish. Both are certified fly casting instructors and spey casting fanatics.
On Friday night at Sophie Station Suites, Kuepper and Tornow will talk about their Prince of Wales steelhead camp and their bone fish school in the Bahamas. The presentation starts at 7 p.m.
On Saturday at Big Ray’s, they will teach a spey casting class and offer a presentation on Kenai king salmon and winter fishing on the Kenai Peninsula. The spey casting class costs $25.
On Sunday, Kkkuepper and Tornow will hold a fly tying class at $25 a person. The class is limited to 10 people.
Fairbanks Ski Patrol Ski Swap, Pioneer Park Civic Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Want to clean out your garage, storage shed or closet and make a few bucks at the same time? Or maybe you’re looking to score a good deal on some downhill boards?
Either way, you should check out the Fairbanks Ski Patrol’s 46th annual ski swap on Saturday. A fundraiser for the ski patrol and the Fairbanks Alpine Ski Club, the swap features Nordic and alpine skis, snowboards, boots, poles, helmets clothing and ski and snowboard accessories. The ski patrol and alpine ski club retain 20 percent of all sales.
Items can be dropped off for sale on Friday from 6-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, the morning of the swap, from 9 a.m. to noon. Unsold items must be picked up by 4 p.m. Saturday or they become property of the Fairbanks Ski Patrol.
Ski Fest, Birch Hill Recreation Area, 1-4 p.m.,
Join the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nordic ski team and Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks for an afternoon of fun on the snow to kick off the cross-country ski season.
The event is free to Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks members and Alaskan Nanooks Ski Team booster club members. There will be appetizers, kids ski games, raffles, and lots of great door prizes. Bring old cell phones or ink jet cartridges to be recycled and get extra tickets for door prizes.
Please bring a dessert to pass.
Snowmobile and Avalanche Training Class, Compeau’s, 12-2 p.m.,
The North American Outdoor Institute will be in town presenting a free snowmobile and avalanche training for outdoor recreation enthusiasts at Compeau’s.
This free, fun, interactive training presentation is designed to help recreationalists have more fun, go further and return safely. The course covers hazard assessment, trip planning, general snowmobile safety, route selection in avalanche prone areas, river and glacier travel, safety equipment and emergency response procedures.
Everyone that attends will also earn a chance to win a 2013 Ski-Doo Renegade Sport, an ABS airbag backpack system with shovel, snow saw and probe, or a BCA beacon, shovel and probe.
To learn more or sign up for the class, go to www.naoiak.org. Contact Debra McGhan for more info at (907) 376-2898 or (907) 982-0332.
Friday Night Vise, Big Ray’s Fly Shop, 5-9 p.m.
Bring your fly tying vise and the makings for a few flies to Big Ray’s and join other fly fishermen for a night of fly tying and fish talk. Advice and stories are free and there is no shortage of either.
Top rope climbing competition, University of Alaska Fairbanks Student Recreation Center, 10 a.m. to noon.
This is a free competition open to all climbers, assuming they are certified on the SRC climbing wall. There will be male and female categories, with the top three announced at the end of the competition.
For more information contact Sam Braband, outoor facilities manager, at 474-6306 or at email@example.com.