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  [Anchorage] - 10:00 AM, Wed Oct 29, 2014

Wow! Exceptional grooming! A little wavy on the approach to the 5k system, then just perfect skate lane, double wide! WAY better than the hillside, worth the drive. No real risk of rocks that I saw, a few big ones that I flipped off the trail. Best skate skiing in the area by far. And a good workout on the hills

Report by red8wop.

Glen Alps

  [Anchorage] - 9:00 PM, Tue Oct 28, 2014

Enjoy your skiing! You're ahead of the rest of the country: no snow yet on Colorado's 10,000-foot Lizard Head or Red Mtn Passes. Boo hoo. Missing Anchorage and you all...
- Stuck in the Lower 48 :-(

Report by Terri.

Glen Alps

  [Anchorage] - 1:00 PM, Mon Oct 27, 2014

Still good classic/touring. Hills are getting faster. A skier-set shallow track in on the right side of the trail going out - good enough to track your skis, although multi-use erosion occuring. Very fun for late October!

Report by rew8wop.


  [Anchorage] - 8:00 AM, Mon Oct 27, 2014

Check the Girdwood Nordic Web Site - groomed corduroy

Report by burkys.

Turnagain Pass

  [Kenai] - 11:00 AM, Sun Oct 26, 2014

Hiked the new historic iditarod trail from the East Turnagain Pass parking lot to Ingram Creek. Great trail, beautiful weather, and a a few inches of snow. Saw some skin tracks, but bring your rock skis. Plenty of bare patches and noting is packed down...

Report by David.


  [Anchorage] - 9:00 PM, Sat Oct 25, 2014

Spencer loop isn't too bad for skate skiing. Bring the rock skis.

Report by MRab.


  [Anchorage] - 6:00 PM, Sat Oct 25, 2014

Amazing trail conditions considering such little snow! Thank you NSAA grooming for the great work so far. Look forward to a few more inches and a great winter.

Report by Tyler Kornfield.


  [Anchorage] - 12:00 PM, Sat Oct 25, 2014

Good early season conditions on the Hillside. The trails are surprisingly well packed. I skied classic fish-scales and had a blast but would not hesitate to bring rock skate skis. The trails are packed nice and wide with a fair bit of debris and some rocks in places. Watch for those on the downhills.

Report by Eric Skis.

Independence Mine

  [Mat-Su] - 10:00 AM, Sat Oct 25, 2014

Still not enough snow to groom (or ski). Mat-Su Ski Club is ready to pack and groom as soon as there is enough snow. Do your snow dance!

Report by Ed Strabel.

Glen Alps

  [Anchorage] - 10:00 AM, Sat Oct 25, 2014

Excellent for classical, no rocks. A skiff of fresh. Skied past German bridge.

Report by Red8wop.


  [Anchorage] - 4:00 PM, Fri Oct 24, 2014

Holly or other skiers,

Recommendation for skate or classic on the Hillside?

How about Glen Alps? It skied well for classic on Tuesday. Is it holding up or is the multi-use making it choppy?

Report by Eric Skis.

Hillside - Spencer!

  [Anchorage] - 3:00 PM, Fri Oct 24, 2014

Fresh grooming on SPENCER thanks to Tom and the NSAA! The only reason we can ski it on four inches of snow is due to the fabulous trail work done this summer. The crew widened and smoothed out the trail - allowing us to ski on the minimal snow that we have. Fantastic work - THANK YOU!

Report by Holly Brooks.

Independence Mine

  [Anchorage] - 8:00 AM, Fri Oct 24, 2014

@Mlle Sarah - here is a quick, unfortunate, reality check re: the current snow situation near Hatcher Pass:

(If that link doesn't work, that's the Hatcher Pass webcam. It shows totally bare ground at 4,000'. Oops.)

Report by Gavin Kentch.


  [Anchorage] - 9:00 PM, Thu Oct 23, 2014

Great skiing tonight, much thanks to the guy with the shovel, rock star. I will get out there and do more the same this weekend! Ski on!

Report by Mrp.

Hillside Lighted Loop

  [Anchorage] - 8:00 PM, Thu Oct 23, 2014

The skating on the Hillside loop is fantastic thanks to Tom of the NSAA! He was packing our precious four inches just as I had to leave this morning. The part that I skied was fantastic, albeit rock skiing. (Which totally beats the black ice roller skiing I've been attempting to do.) A HUGE thank you to Tom. If you see him please give him a high five and a thumbs up! Oh - and if you're looking for a strength workout shovel the snow off the sides of the trails onto the trail :) As long as it stays cold this should make for a great base for our next snow fall. Enjoy everyone - see you out there!

Report by Holly Brooks.


  [Anchorage] - 8:00 PM, Thu Oct 23, 2014

I was the guy out shovelling at Hillside last night. And I learned that there is not much snow to shovel! So any future shovelers might consider also bringing a plastic sled or poly-tarp along with your shovel. Shovel show where you can find it onto the sled/tarp and then transport it to the thin spots. This will increase your trail fixin-up efficiency. Good skiing for ... October! ;-)

Report by Tim Kelley.

Independence Mine

  [Mat-Su] - 5:00 PM, Thu Oct 23, 2014

What's the snow/groom situation up this way? I know the bridge is out, but has there been any grooming there or at the mine?


Report by Mlle Sarah.

Hillside lighted trails

  [Anchorage] - 7:00 PM, Tue Oct 21, 2014

Tuesday night races occurred tonight at Service High on the Hillside muti use trail, double bubble, and the back half of the lighted Loop. 400 runners on ski trails. Trails seemed well covered tho, and passible with rock skis. Icy right out of service, but snowy after that section. No sign of grooming, one skier on gasline. Get out there and pack it down!

Report by Jeri Collins.

Glen Alps

  [Anchorage] - 5:00 PM, Tue Oct 21, 2014

Pretty good classic skiing on the main trail. Skied-in tracks improve above the bridge. Rock skis advised though coverage is fine.

Report by S. Gramse.

Glen Alps

  [Anchorage] - 3:00 PM, Tue Oct 21, 2014

Just classic skied up the valley. 6 or 7 inches conpressed to a 2 to 3 inch firm base. Skied a mile or two above the bridge and nary a rock. As usual, better the further back you ski. Mesonet gave a false read of 46 degrees. In the 20's and in the shade. No sign of melt.

Report by scs.