Kenai to Soldotna Ski Stampede - circa 1960

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2002

The Kalifonsky Nordic Ski Club sponsored an annual cross-country ski race between Kenai and Soldotna. One year they went from Kenai to Soldotna and the next they went the other way. The course mostly followed the Kenai Spur Highway, and between 60 and 80 skiers normally took part.

In Soldotna, the race ended with a potluck at the Volkswagen garage of Bill and Charlotte Ishi who, along with Dick Mommsen, Freddie and Earl Billingslea and Nels Kjelstad, were the principle club organizers. In addition to the Stampede, the club hosted Junior National qualifying races at the trails on the then Kenai National Moose Range. When the moose range became the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, a change in policy prohibited competitive events and racing was canceled. Development along the Spur Highway ended the Stampede and the last race was held in 1976. The above photo was taken during the 1960s. If you have any old photos of the central Kenai Peninsula you would like to share, contact Marge Mullen or Alan Boraas at Kenai Peninsula College at 262-0300.

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