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Independence Mine

  [Other] - 11:00 AM, Wed May 04, 2016

Awesome skiing on fresh groom at the Mine this morning. Good purchase, mostly smooth, and surprisingly quick out there between 1030-1200. It was definitely worth the trip from ER. Many thanks to MSSC and especially Jeff Kase who was also out enjoying his handiwork. Cheers!

Report by Eric Skis.


Independence Mine

  [Other] - 9:00 AM, Wed May 04, 2016

Groomed up the road, around the hay bail. through the mine, up Broadway, down to the out house, and back to the parking lot. The groomer was able to take out the footsteps and there is mix corduroy and small ice balls. The skating will be good. The new classic tracks are marginal. I left a walking lane on the left side going up the road. It will be interesting to see if anyone uses it? I expect MSSC to groom again on Saturday.

Report by Jeff Kase.


Raspberry Road

  [Other] - 3:00 PM, Tue May 03, 2016

Raspberry Road was being swept and watered down, from the chalet east to Sand Lake Road, as of this afternoon. (The multiuse bike trail there was already swept weeks ago.) The muni vehicles then turned south down Sand Lake, but I didn't drive down there to track how far they'd gone. Welcome news for anyone about to start rollerskiing/unable to consistently make it out to the world-class crust skiing due to work/school/family/life.

Report by Gavin Kentch.


Independence Mine

  [Other] - 10:00 AM, Mon May 02, 2016

The road to the mine is a post-holed mess. Fortunately the crust skiing is excellent!! Good freeze last night, 6 feet of snow at Trimble's stake. Great crust skiing to High Grade and beyond

Report by Red8wop.


Resurrection Pass

  [Other] - 12:00 AM, Sun May 01, 2016

We hike/skied Resurrection Pass from 4/29 - 5/2. Started in Cooper Landing and trekked north to Hope. Didn't see another human being on the trail, nor were there hardly any mosquitoes (don't expect that to last!). On both the north and the south side of Resurrection Pass, the snow line was down to about 1,800'. You can expect to ski patchy, isothermal snow cover until about 2,000'. Miraculously the Kenai Mtns through Res Pass weren't in the same avalanche cycle that Turnagain, Hatcher, or even Summit Lake are in at the moment. There isn't much snow available for transport on the southerly aspects in the alpine, but pay attention to northerly aspects. We didn't see a single glide crack, which was surprising. The obvious large avalanche path (that has a camp site near it!) on the Res Pass north side has not released yet (~9.5 miles from Hope). Remember to move quickly through that section, as there are huge cornices lining the ridge line above that avalanche path.

Report by TC.


Glen Alps

  [Other] - 10:00 AM, Sat Apr 30, 2016

Crust this morning after the bridge. Got a little soft between 10 and 11. Walk or ride to the bridge on dirt and bumpy snow and ski from there. The bike rack and it's two resident dept store bikes are mostly buried under drifts and unusable, so if on bike and intending to ski, you would need to find someplace to stash the bikes.

Report by Sean G.


Independence Mine

  [Other] - 9:00 AM, Sat Apr 30, 2016

Conditions are hard, fast, and edge able this morning. This afternoon promises slow and rutting conditions MSSC groomed a skate lane up the road, around the hay bail, through the mine buildings, up Broadway, up Renshaw's rd, over to the far east side, and back to the parking lot. I was unable to set new tracks and inadvertently took out some tracks that where still good. People where crust skiing/biking when I left. APU and Alaska Winter Stars had just arrived. Get the East Side while you can, soon the only grooming will be around the Mine.

Report by Jeff Kase.


Independence Mine

  [Other] - 1:00 PM, Wed Apr 27, 2016

Contract groomer will be burning through the last of the grooming money grooming the road and possibly through the mine buildings today. MSSC will attempt to groom early Sat AM.

Report by Ed Strabel.


Archangel Road

  [Other] - 8:00 AM, Wed Apr 27, 2016

Skate lane flattened out a bit (I can't call it groomed),all the way to the upper gate. Isothermic conditions. The time to be on the snow is shrinking each day.

Report by Ed Strabel.


Glen Alps

  [Other] - 7:00 AM, Wed Apr 27, 2016

Good, solid crust conditions from the German bridge to the head of the Powerline valley this morning. Some route finding necessary on the flats below Ptarmigan pass, otherwise wide open and solid crust. Lots of ptarmigan, no bears!

Report by Trond Jensen.


Archangel Road

  [Other] - 12:00 AM, Wed Apr 27, 2016

From Hatcher Pass Avalance Center.

Watch for peak avalanche activity in the afternoon to early evening on all aspects, especially E-S-W, but also be aware that all aspects at any time of day may produce large avalanches under the right conditions, listed above.

The Archangel groomed road has the potential for avalanches to reach it. Use extra caution in this area.

Potential avalanche runnout zone on Archangel Road

Other concerns could be riding your bike on the road and getting hit by an avalanche which has a low likelihood, but is possible and carries a high consequence. Generally we are good at recognizing and avoiding high frequency/high risk situations, but we suck at recognizing and acting appropriately in the face of low frequency/ high consequence risks.

Report by Dave Musgrave.


Indian Pass

  [Other] - 8:00 AM, Sun Apr 24, 2016

Very good crust skiing at Indian Pass this morning. About 3.5 miles of hiking before you hit snow (coming from the Indian side; I cannot comment on the Arctic side). The Indian Pass Snotel sensor bottomed out at 33F this morning which provided supportable crust until about noon. Poles with larger baskets recommended.

Report by Frank.


Arctic Valley Ski Area

  [Other] - 2:00 PM, Sat Apr 23, 2016

enough coverage in the creek bed to tour up-valley: by 2PM the snow was super-soft with some rotten spots: very tricky skiing the fall-line!

Report by Rosco.


Archangel Road

  [Other] - 9:00 AM, Sat Apr 23, 2016

Groomed a skate lane to the gate. Someone is camping at the outhouse. I only put the cutting blades down enough to cut the tops off the ruts. There is about 6" of base at the trail head so get it while you can.

Report by Jeff Kase.


Independence Mine

  [Other] - 7:00 PM, Thu Apr 21, 2016

Contract groomer groomed through the mine buildings and also the East side.

Report by Ed Strabel.


Archangel Road

  [Other] - 11:00 AM, Thu Apr 21, 2016

No groom this morning, the tracks were a bit frozen in place in skating angles on the way out at 10:15am. Good crust up to snowbird mine. Still good an noon, so late start Ok maybe even better. There is an avalanche to skirt on the left side, and old snow machine tracks. Should improve as we get some more freeze/thaw cycles. Crust a bit lumpy up valley. Road was much better on the way out at noon and the classic tracks are still nice. ~12 people up enjoying the crust

Report by red8wop.


Archangel Road

  [Other] - 9:00 AM, Wed Apr 20, 2016

The trail is groomed for skating all the way to the gate. The classic tracks still look good. There are some melt out holes where dark material is melting out the trail near the avalanche areas. The trail wont last for ever... but will likely last until the end of the month. MSSC will be grooming again for the weekend and we will keep grooming until there is no more snow.

Report by Jeff Kase.