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Independence Mine

  [Mat-Su] - 9:00 AM, Tue May 19, 2015

Another exceptional morning of skiing in the sun! Getting a bit thin and punchy the last 200 meters toward the parking lot. Really good above gold cord

Report by red8wop.

Independence Mine

  [Mat-Su] - 9:00 AM, Mon May 18, 2015

Nice hard freeze led to excellent corn/crust. Best in the basin above the mine. Lots of marmots and ground squirrels popping out of the snow and running around. Another week or two of good skiing I would guess

Report by red8wop.

Penguin Pk.

  [Southeast] - 9:00 AM, Sun May 17, 2015

Quite recently a massive avalanche came down the prominent west facing avalanche chute. It almost reached the valley floor, there is snow withing 100 yds of the road. The power, force, violence, of said avalanche are on full display and well worth seeing. If anyone needs to see first hand why avalanches kill, here is the spot. One can only imagine if this had happened on a high snow year, rather than low. It is a big WOW.

The hike is still doable, the worst spot is down low and it just requires one to pick one's way through the debris field. After about 400-600 yds, things improve. A fellow skied off the summit of the false peak and was able to get about 1/3rd of the way down the chute on skis.

If one decides for the summit, (the summit of Penguin Pk has an anenometer), the traverse between the false peak and Penguin Pk. has a danger in that the north side of the ridge(badly corniced) is going to give way, one can actually see the fracture line. If you are on that section that gives way the chances of surviving aren't good. Err to the south side of the ridge, very doable and the view is worth it

Report by Michael Vogel.

Indepence Mine

  [Anchorage] - 8:00 AM, Sun May 17, 2015

Great crust and plenty of sunshine Sunday morning at Hatcher Pass. Skied crust in the Independence Mine area from 8:30 - 11:30. Southeast facing slopes would get punchy as early as 9:30, but West and North facing areas had crust until 11:30.

Report by Trond Jensen.

Independence Mine

  [Mat-Su] - 10:00 AM, Fri May 15, 2015

No crust but still good corn. Did not freeze last night, but still mostly supportable - better higher, Gold Cord and above. Used wide AT skis that kept me floating but XC skis probably wouldn't have stayed on top.

If it freezes crust will be good

Report by red8wop.

Arctic Valley Ski Area

  [Anchorage] - 4:00 PM, Wed May 13, 2015

Tried to go ski a lap at Arctic, the Army had the road closed. They said the road would be closed until at least the 16th.

Report by SG.

Independence Mine

  [Mat-Su] - 9:00 AM, Wed May 13, 2015

Surprised to find excellent crust/corn considering the low last night was 38. Clear skies led to a hard freeze. Looking uphill, the right side stays firm longest, the left side corns out first.
Great scenery - including world class athletes in halter tops.

Report by red8wop.

Independence Mine

  [Mat-Su] - 10:00 AM, Mon May 11, 2015

Really good crust/corn. Nice hard freeze last night. Road plowed to mine but gate closed. Good skiing either side of the road. A few flakes somehow falling out of the sunny sky. A skiff of fresh above Gold Cord

Report by red8wop.