2020 Coach of the Year

We are so proud of our very own head coach Jan for being named the 2020 US Ski and Snowboard International Cross Country Coach of the Year! This is the second year in a row he has been recognized as International Coach of the Year in addition to being named Domestic Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2000. Jan founded and has coached Alaska Winter Stars for over 20 years, making AWS a strong club locally, nationally, and internationally. This past season, AWS athletes continued the tradition of excellence culminating with Gus' historic individual win at World Junior Championships in addition to the US Junior men repeating their 2019 performance with the 2020 relay win. Our athletes had amazing pe

2020 Club of the Year

Congratulations to our athletes, parents, and coaches for being named the US Ski and Snowboard Cross Country Club of the Year! This is a huge honor and you should all be very proud of yourselves and your teammates! It has been a historic year for AWS, from Gus being the first US cross country skier to win an individual Junior World Championship title to AWS skiers helping Team Alaska bring home the Alaska Cup at Junior Nationals and all of the fantastic performances there, at State Champs, and all season! All of the coaches are incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication we have seen this last year, we are excited to continue to watch our athletes grow and accomplish their goals and dre

2020 Beck International Trophy

Earlier this week, Gus Schumacher was co-awarded the Beck International Trophy from the US Ski and Snowboard Association. This is the highest honor that US Ski and Snowboard gives out between all disciplines of skiing and snowboarding. Gus shares the honor with 11 time Alpine World Cup titlist, Mikaela Shiffrin. Gus is the first junior to win this award in 45 years, since Bill Koch in '75. We are so incredibly proud of all the hard work he has put in over the years, from starting with AWS at 8 years old to continuing to excel in his last year as a junior skier with winning both individual and relay gold medals at World Champs. Gus is proof that with hard work and dedication, you can achieve

Gus Schumacher

It's official, 2020 Junior World Champion Gus Schumacher got nominated to the US Cross Country Ski team. He moved from D to B team. Congratulation Gus, we are very proud of you.

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