The Oosik Classic Ski Race is Denali Nordic Ski Club’s biggest and ONLY fundraiser of the year. It has been held every year, outside of Covid, since 2004. What started off with 200 skiers, is now capped at 800 skiers with the possibility of growing that number into future years to come. And sells out every year!
Skiers come from all over the state, and sometimes out of state, to participate in this celebration of the end of ski season and the beginning of Spring. Most of our participants join for the fun of the event, to dress in costume, and share the love of nordic skiing.
The course consists of 10, 25, and 50 kilometer tracks. We have competitive skiers who participate every year, however, it’s the recreational skiers who make each year better than the last, giving the Oosik its well known reputation.
We have community members and outside volunteers that come in early to help set up “bandit aid stations” along the race route and cheer on skiers!
The event serves as the primary fundraiser for our club, and all proceeds from the race help the club’s volunteers groom, maintain and develop Nordic trails for ALL to enjoy. While our event is specified for our ski lovers, the trail throughout the season is multi-use.
This event also helps support our Talkeetna Junior Nordic program, to help our younger generation evolve from walkers to skiers. We have both dedicated parents and volunteers that assist with this program, and are fueled and appreciated by cocoa and cookies, and the joy of seeing our littles progress.
AFTER PARTY: The Denali Arts Council will be hosting Roland Roberts Band at The Sheldon Community Arts Hangar. Tickets: $20 General admission. $16 DAC members. Doors are at 7pm. Music at 8:00 pm
BIB PICK UP/ MERCH SALES:
BIB PICKUP: Sheldon Community Arts Hangar, Downtown Talkeetna, behind the Post Office
Friday, March 8th: 6 pm – 7:30 pm (The night before the race, before the free moving showing of The Last King)
Saturday, March 9th: 9 am – 11:30 am ( Morning of the race)
MERCH/SWAG: Hoodies and Oosik swag will be available for purchase at the Denali Education Center alongside bib pickup both Friday and Saturday
‘THE LAST KING’
FREE MOVE SCREENING
Once again we are teaming up with the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge for discounted rooms for your Oosik weekend stay!
Promo Code- OOSIK
Promo rate is $149 for standard rooms and $179 for Mountain View rooms.
Bookable online or by calling 1-800-808-8068
Rate valid from March 7th-10th, 2024
KEEP YOUR EYES PEELD FOR SOME OOSIK SWAG!
For in person purchase only upon bib pick up!
Thanks to our 2024 Sponsors…
Click on the logos to find out more about our sponsors!
SPONSOR THE 2024 OOSIK CLASSIC!
Denali Nordic Ski Club Inc. PO Box 754 Talkeetna, AK 99676 Nonprofit Organization, EIN# 920150905