Our Training Facilities
The Thomas Training Center at Eagle Glacier
Eagle Glacier is a ten minute helicopter flight out of Girdwood, Alaska. Athletes have access to up to nine kilometers of twice daily groomed trails. The glacier is located at 1700m providing an optimal altitude for summer skiing. Conditions are very similar to those experienced racing in Central Europe in the winter and provides an excellent opportunity for skill and technique development. A fully equipped dormitory style house is where athletes live while not skiing. The Thomas Family has generously endowed a portion of the ski centers operations.
Jim Mahaffey APU Trail System
5km of continuous trails on our campus and is an integral part of the whole Anchorage trail system, which includes Hillside/Service, Bicentennial Park, Chester Creek Greenbelt, the Coastal Trail and Kincaid Park.
Hillside Trail System
Hillside trail system includes 32km of groomed trails of which 7.5km is lighted. Hillside Trail system is groomed for cross-country skiing (classic and skating) by the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage. The trails connect with the multi-use Tour of Anchorage trail and the Campbell Tract multi-use trails bringing skiers to the Jim Mahaffey APU Trail System on campus.
Kincaid Trail System
50km of groomed trails for skating and classic including 16K lighted for night skiing. New to Kincaid park is a 2.5 kilometer manmade snow loop. Kincaid has both a FIS homologated sprint and 5km race loop. This manmade loop is challenging and offers an extended on- snow season! Kincaid Park trails are also groomed by the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage. Kincaid trail system connects to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, which is a 17.5km multi-use trail that ends downtown at 2nd Avenue.
APU Weight Room
Located in the basement of the Atwood Center along with a rock wall, where champions are made.
Hatcher Pass is located 35 miles north of Anchorage and serves as a phenomenal early season training venue. The trails are maintained and groomed by MatSu Ski Club.
Girdwood Nordic Ski Trails
Girdwood Nordic Ski Club trail system includes a challenging 5km race loop that receives early season snow.