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Broad Pass

  [Mat-Su] - 2:00 PM, Sun Mar 29, 2015

Three pullouts south of Cantwell along the Parks Hwy is beautiful snow literally as far as the eye can see. There is plenty of weekend snow machine activity, but there is a lot of only mildly challenging terrain here. Mornings: single digits; afternoons: 30s. This is posted Ahtna land southeast of Denali National Park.

Report by John McCormick.


Denali National Park

  [Denali] - 2:00 PM, Sun Mar 29, 2015

Savage River Drainage from the Mountain Vista parking area: frozen overflow and punchy-crunchy snow. Generally, there is little to no snow immediately north of the Alaska Range while there is lots of deep snow immediately south of the Alaska Range.

Report by John McCormick.


Hatcher Pass

  [Mat-Su] - 1:00 PM, Sun Mar 29, 2015

Really nice skate skiing in the bowl today -- several trails creating several loops. Snow up high looked ok for classic, but closer to the parking lot it was more glazed. Plenty of snow up there, though! Thanks to the Mat-Su ski club for the grooming, and please keep us posted with grooming updates for the rest of the season. Anchorage skiers may want to join me in becoming a member of the Mat-Su Ski Club to support grooming efforts at Hatcher. It's not over yet up there! :-)

Report by Terri Pauls.


Turnagain Pass

  [Kenai] - 3:00 PM, Sat Mar 28, 2015

Skied south from the bathrooms to the uptrack for Sunburst and returned on the Iditarod Trail. A little bit of everything, snow, ice, earth and water. Touring on waxless skis on wet snow. Temps in the mid 30s, snow mixed with rain, a bit of wind. Fun!

Report by funhog fundogs.


Arctic to Indian Traverse

  [Anchorage] - 10:00 AM, Sat Mar 28, 2015

Seems like everyone knows this already, but I had to check it out anyway: snow is thin starting out from the Arctic Valley side and going up Ship Creek. That said, I was able to keep skis on for probably 75% of the time. Made it 5.5 miles and turned around. It is likely possible to make it all the way to Indian, but the thin snow/ice cover makes it slow going. Had some fun skate skiing on Ship Creek for maybe a mile, but then the ice bridges ran out as the channel narrowed.

Report by Frank W.


Archangel Road

  [Mat-Su] - 8:00 AM, Sat Mar 28, 2015

Archangel Rd was groomed this morning for classic and skating...there are kibbles and bits in the skating lane. You can skijourn on Archangel, but beware of the loose dogs greeting your dog/s.

Report by Ed Strabel.


Hatcher, archangel, etc

  [Anchorage] - 7:00 AM, Sat Mar 28, 2015

Is it okay to skijor on archangel groomed trails or anywhere in hatcher area?

Report by Katie.


Archangel Road

  [Mat-Su] - 6:00 PM, Fri Mar 27, 2015

MSSC will re-groom the non-motorized portion of the road for both classic and skating early Saturday AM. Bring your sun glasses.

Report by Ed Strabel.


Hatcher Pass and environs

  [Mat-Su] - 12:00 PM, Fri Mar 27, 2015

Archangel Road: last groomed a couple days ago; good to very good.

Independence Mine, including up and down the valley above and below the lodge, and over through Gold Cord Bowl: groomed today (all save the bowl); amazing.

Snowmachine-only trails: groomed today, and allegedly amazing corduroy. Allegedly.

Report by Gavin Kentch.


Archangel Road

  [Mat-Su] - 10:00 AM, Wed Mar 25, 2015

Skate lane regroomed. Classic track seemed too icy to regroom. Should ski well this AM.

Report by Ashley Wise.


Hatcher's Pass

  [Anchorage] - 10:00 PM, Tue Mar 24, 2015

Super track skiing on Hatcher Pass lodge side of valley. Wide trails set few days ago are holding up well.

Report by Carol Wolfe.


Hillside

  [Anchorage] - 6:00 PM, Tue Mar 24, 2015

Skied most of Hillside without taking off skis, but had to ski some of it backwards via Coaches Cutoff towards Conversation Corner. There is a path of pure mud across the Hillside loop just a little past Coaches Cutofff going towards Service. In just a handful of other places I had as much mud under my skis as snow - walking on snow/mud for a few feet here and there. But stretches of good skiing too. Also, tomorrow will be the last day to do the second half of Spencers loop without taking off your skis I think. But it's pretty nasty anyway. The first half is holding up well, though it's a mix of snow, ice and slush. I would recommend just skiing gasline, first half of spencers and then backwards along Besh and Hillside loops until you run out of snow, then coming back.

Report by Ryan Hickel.


Archangel Road

  [Mat-Su] - 10:00 AM, Tue Mar 24, 2015

MSSC will groom between 7am and 9am tomorrow to try and smooth out the road. Conditions are challenging to groom. Will report how it went afterwards.

Report by Ashley Wise.


Kincaid

  [Kenai] - 6:00 PM, Mon Mar 23, 2015

Skiing in the late afternoon/early evening offered a mix of snow, ice, and slush. Still pretty good. One of the corners in the loop through the soccer field is getting thin, and I suspect that loop won't be long for this world.

Report by Scott.


Hillside

  [Anchorage] - 5:00 PM, Mon Mar 23, 2015

Well, I made around the Besh and Hillside loops without portaging, albeit with some mud on one ski. That's not going to last the week with this sunshine. Moerlein Hill, the one right after it, and a couple other spots are sheer ice muscular double-poling to ascend, but the rest ranged from good to icy. First half of Spencer was spring-like with icy bits. Classic track set on Gasline and first half Spencer. Never thought I'd be this happy to (or even capable of) skiing so much ice--must be the mad skillz I've developed this "winter".

Report by Heidi.


Turnagain Pass

  [Kenai] - 1:00 PM, Sun Mar 22, 2015

snow skied better on the motorized side of turnagain pass, than the non motorized side. Not much snow in the pass, and you have to finagle stream crossings. Pretty damn good considering .....

Report by funhog fundogs.


Hillside

  [Anchorage] - 11:00 AM, Sun Mar 22, 2015

At its best, still darn good - real snow, with yesterday's corduroy still there. At its worst, super sketchy - bare ground and sheet ice. The ice will afford more of a purchase by later in the day, but the parts that were snow at 11 a.m. this morning are going to be even slower in the sun.

Gasline, first half of Spencer, second half of Double Bubble, and all lighted loops east of Conversation Corner still (in my opinion) quite skiable.

Report by Gavin Kentch.


Hillside

  [Anchorage] - 6:00 PM, Sat Mar 21, 2015

Fun and joy could still be had on hillside trails at 5pm today. Enough snow/ice/water-on-ice remained to eke by with skis on all trails but Service soccer field. Gasline was heavenly yesterday and still good today. Plan to ski all tomorrow but double bubble and service soccer field.
Endless thanks to the Nordic Ski club trail pin donors, and dedicated trail groomer Tom for making the best of this climate change winter of extreme weather!!!

Report by Kate.


Eklutna Lake

  [Anchorage] - 2:00 PM, Sat Mar 21, 2015

does anyone have an update on the skating and/or skate skiing conditions at Eklutna Lake?

Report by joyo.


Northern Lights Trail

  [Anchorage] - 1:00 PM, Sat Mar 21, 2015

From Russian Jack Springs to Goose Lake: ice, solid ice.

Report by John McCormick.