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Independence Mine

  [Mat-Su] - 10:00 AM, Thu Nov 27, 2014

Wow - a lot to be thankful for! Mother nature provided snow, and MSSC provides perfect tracks.

Report by red8wop.

Independence Mine

  [Mat-Su] - 3:00 PM, Wed Nov 26, 2014

All loops repacked and classic tracks set on all trails except the "Sochi" hill. Pedestrian traffic (foot prints) are punching through to the pavement. Classic should be OK skating will probably break through to the pavement/gravel. MSSC may regroom Thurs or Fri night. Think SNOW.

Report by Ed Strabel.

Independence Mine

  [Mat-Su] - 11:00 AM, Wed Nov 26, 2014

Great job, Ed! Really fun skiing up here today

Report by red8wop.

Independence Mine

  [Mat-Su] - 3:00 PM, Tue Nov 25, 2014

Hatcher Pass got a couple more inches of snow so the Mat -Su Ski Club packed all loops. Snow is thin but skiable for classic (no classic tracks set). Skating will probably break through to the pavement/gravel. A few more inches and we should be ready for the good skis. Think SNOW!

Report by Ed Strabel.

Kincaid Park

  [Anchorage] - 3:00 PM, Sun Nov 23, 2014

Re: Snowmaking Status. See the recent update here: http://nsaatrailgrooming.blogspot.com/ Even without problems with the hardware in the system, the recent temperatures have been too warm for the most part for snowmaking. It has to be cold enough to freeze the water particles. It has been right at or above freezing most of the time around Kincaid in recent days.

Report by Jason Lamoreaux.

Kincaid Park

  [Anchorage] - 2:00 PM, Sun Nov 23, 2014

With all the snow making equipment at Kincaid, what are we waiting for?

Report by Doug.

Independence Mine

  [Mat-Su] - 2:00 PM, Sun Nov 23, 2014

4-5 inches of fresh. Pleasant touring up the road and through the mines, did several laps. The only downside is I could feel the pavement on pole plants, and the fluffy snow wouldn't provide cushion during a fall. I didn't bottom out or hit rocks, very nice to ski on real snow!

Report by red8wop.

Eklutna Lake

  [Anchorage] - 2:00 PM, Sun Nov 23, 2014

Headed up to Eklutna today to answer my own question. It is 100% liquid.

Report by Jared.

Chena Recreation Area

  [Anchorage] - 10:00 AM, Sun Nov 23, 2014

Does anyone know what conditions are like up at Chena Recreation area? I have a ski trip planned for Thanksgiving weekend. Should I bring skis, snowshoes, flip flops? Thanks!

Report by Rebecca M..

Nancy Lakes Recreation Area

  [Anchorage] - 12:00 PM, Sat Nov 22, 2014

Did the Lynx Lake loop on hockey skates yesterday (11/22/14). It was perfect. Get it while it's good. On another note, does anyone know the thickness of ice on Eklutna lake?

Report by Jared.


  [Anchorage] - 7:00 PM, Thu Nov 20, 2014

Found a pair of Swix Star poles near Service High School this evening. I left them there, thinking maybe the owner would come back for them. But if you lost a pair, I can tell you where they are: coryhsmith@gmail.com

Oh, and the trails are a mix of dirt and ice. Studs/yaktrax recommended, but you can survive without if you pick your line carefully.

Report by Cory Smith.

Glen Alps

  [Anchorage] - 1:00 PM, Wed Nov 19, 2014

~1" fresh...on ice. Only skied to the corner and back - pretty treacherous. But it was 32 degrees! Road being plowed/sanded as I left. Nees a bit more, looked tough to even walk on

Report by red8wop.

Turnagain Pass

  [Kenai] - 11:00 AM, Mon Nov 17, 2014

There is still snow at the Tincan turnout, and touring is ok with VR75 and touring skis in the meadows. Tincan bowl has snow, lots of glide cracks but looks skiable top to bottom

Report by red8wop.


  [Anchorage] - 10:00 AM, Fri Nov 14, 2014

Skiing sucks, but mtn biking, with studded tires, rocks! With cooler temps trails are clean and hard creating fun riding. Conditions out of front range trailheads in CSP are especially enjoyable.

Report by Mark Miner.

Gold Cord Lake

  [Mat-Su] - 8:00 PM, Wed Nov 12, 2014

If you are really desperate, try skate skiing the crust on Gold Cord. We went up there on Sunday to ice skate, where ran into 1/2 dozen skate skiers enjoying the crust. Not sure what the conditions are like since it has been warming up...

Report by Hatcher Pass.