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Kincaid Park

  [Anchorage] - 3:00 PM, Thu Feb 26, 2015

Middle School race today on the snowmaking loop at Kincaid. Race set up at noon, skiers arrive at 3pm with action continuing to about 5pm. Skate race with lots of fun. Please come out and cheer - trails will be packed with our future Olympians.

Report by Diane Moxness, Middle School Race Coordinator.


Talkeetna area

  [Mat-Su] - 10:00 AM, Thu Feb 26, 2015

re: snow in Talkeetna area. Probably enough snow to set tracks for the Oosik but more snow would be a blessing. Still three weeks to go before the event so a lot can happen/change during that time. If you go to http://www.talkeetnaair.com/web-cam you can get a pretty good view of the snow coverage.

Report by Mark Miner.


Talkeetna

  [Anchorage] - 7:00 AM, Thu Feb 26, 2015

Anyone have any idea what the conditions in Talkeetna are for Oosik classic?

Report by David.


Archangel Rd

  [Mat-Su] - 11:00 PM, Wed Feb 25, 2015

MSSC re-groomed the full length of the road for classic and skating. Great tracks and corduroy. Took out all the ruts made by vandal snowmachiners beyond the bridge.

Report by Ed Strabel.


Hillside

  [Anchorage] - 9:00 PM, Wed Feb 25, 2015

Bart-
The two owls were hooting to each other near the S-turns on Spencer Loop. They sounded close so we skied up to the new Chicken Run cutoff and saw them there.

Report by Russell Hood.


Hillside

  [Anchorage] - 8:00 PM, Wed Feb 25, 2015

Besh & Hillside lighted loops are surprisingly good (and fast) despite some frozen puddles (easy to avoid) and scraped-off uphills (annoying but not a big deal). Watch for two or three very small areas where gravel got turned up. Gasline was fun in the moonlight. Only 1 car each in the Abbott & Hilltop parking lots at 8:30pm -- deserves a few more! (Where'd you spot the owls, Russell?)

Report by Bart.


Hillside

  [Anchorage] - 6:00 PM, Wed Feb 25, 2015

We skied amongst the Junior Nordic crowd tonight. The lighted loop is fast with notable icy sections on the uphill, making a few of them very difficult but all are doable. But given that there's good purchase on 85-90% of the terrain I'd say the groomers have done an excellent job of making something of nothing. The gasline was in good shape with small amounts of ice. Didn't try Spencer Loop as it was too dark. Saw a couple of great horned owls and one vole. It won't take much snow to bring this back to excellent condition. Here's hoping...

Report by Russell Hood.


Independence Mine

  [Mat-Su] - 3:00 PM, Wed Feb 25, 2015

8 to 10 inches of fresh light snow on a good base. bluebird, temps in the 20s no wind. Pisten bully starting to groom near our departure at 2:30. It doesn't get better than this.

Report by funhog fundogs.


Kincaid Park

  [Other] - 1:00 PM, Wed Feb 25, 2015

Snowmaking loop is in great shape for 2.5 km. Double tracked after UAA race, but getting skated over quickly.

Report by Mike Brook.


GPRA

  [Mat-Su] - 9:00 AM, Wed Feb 25, 2015

Mat-Su loops and the Mtn Streams access trail scarified to mix in the half inch of powder with the transformed snow. Old classic tracks are still intact with a powder cover.

Report by Ed Strabel.


Archangel Road

  [Mat-Su] - 10:00 PM, Mon Feb 23, 2015

Yeouwzuh! Fresh tracks and sweet coordoroy await! AAR groomed for skate and classic (almost) to the gate. 12+ inches near the gate, groomer got stuck so turn around is just past the outhouse. Got stuck 2 times laying track so watch for the kink out bound just past beaver pond, and in bound just after the hill past the beaver pond. Can't miss em. Enjoy the new snow!

Report by Chris Jones.


Independence Mine

  [Mat-Su] - 5:00 PM, Mon Feb 23, 2015

Back to the future. 7" fresh at Independence and 25 degrees. Time to drive to the snow again.

Report by redwop.


Hillside

  [Anchorage] - 4:00 PM, Mon Feb 23, 2015

Hillside trails are REALLY wet, slush, puddles, and yes, even some ice still underneath. Lots of translucent sections that will only get worse if people continue to use the trails. I do not recommend skiing there, it is quite treacherous.

Report by Lauren Fritz.


Hillside

  [Anchorage] - 3:00 PM, Mon Feb 23, 2015

I went for a Spencer Adventure on skate skis mid-afternoon. It's good spring skiing, with good coverage on the first half, and some moist ice patches on the second half. The downhills are quite thrilling; snowplowing is useless--you gotta carve/skate the turns. The rest of the trails are a wet, icy mess.

Report by Heidi.


Resurrection Pass

  [Kenai] - 5:00 AM, Mon Feb 23, 2015

Walked/skied Hope to CL this weekend. It was a river of ice with significant angled overflow on the Hope side, but doable with Kahtoolas and deep breathing. Skiable from Fox cabin through the pass to the switchbacks above Swan. Another ice trail beyond that, turning into a mud trail to the Bean creek parking lot. Others were coming in the summer trail to avoid the Bean Creek overflow but it was minor.

Report by crr .


Anchorage

  [Anchorage] - 9:00 PM, Sun Feb 22, 2015

@holly Re: Girdwood/Alyeska - I was down there this weekend. There is no snow on the nordic trails - it's a sea of water, mud and rock, with occasional ice. There are skiers still skiing the runs on the mountain, but both skiers and snow took a lot of water on the last two days. It will require a feat of grooming each night it freezes to keep them reasonable. Best skiing was up high, where it snowed a little Friday night / Saturday morning. Can't say now....

Report by Jeremy Littell.


GPRA/Archangel Rd

  [Mat-Su] - 5:00 PM, Sun Feb 22, 2015

GPRA- Thin snow and icy. Archangel Rd surprisingly good for both classic and skating (some fresh, granular snow after the bridge), although the snow has gone isothermal (poles, dog feet, fat tire bikes, and pedestrians are all punching through. Mat-Su Ski Club will probably re-groom Monday night if the temperature drops below 30 degrees.

Report by Ed Strabel.


Girdwood -- Alyeska

  [Anchorage] - 3:00 PM, Sun Feb 22, 2015

Anyone know how Girdwood trails/Alyeska is? My son's due to ski there everyday this coming week. Not even sure how the roads are, let alone the mt. Thx

Report by holly.


Hillside

  [Anchorage] - 2:00 PM, Sun Feb 22, 2015

Skating on the gasline trail was still pretty good this afternoon, though I saw as many bikers/walkers as skiers. Took a short peek at the bottom of the double bubble; icy where the sun didn't touch it.

Report by Bart.


Hillside

  [Anchorage] - 2:00 PM, Sun Feb 22, 2015

I skate skied the Lighted Loops and Double Bubble between 1:00 and 2:00pm when temps were in the low 40's with a strong and warm south wind. Besh/ Hillside loops had been recently groomed and were quite skiable, albeit with numerous icy spots. Service/Randy's Loops had not been recently groomed and were quite icy. Standing water in the trail at the bottom turnaround on Randy's Loop. Double Bubble was quite icy as well. Definitely a difference between yesterday and today. Yesterday, the groomed trails were awesome. This afternoon, the groomed trails were skiable.

Report by Pete Johnson.