Over the last half century the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks has grown from a small enthusiastic group of cross-country skiers in the 1960s to a dedicated group of supporters in the Golden Heart City. The first major event in Fairbanks was the 1977 Junior National Championships. Since then the club has hosted the World Cup, Arctic Winter Games and Junior Olympics. In 1984 the U.S. Ski Association awarded the club the Paul Bacon Award. More recently, the club has hosted the ASAA state ski championships six times from 2002 to 2011. The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks also hosted the 2014 Arctic Winter Games, which included biathlon after working closely with the U.S. Army at Fort Wainwright to develop of a biathlon range.