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Glen Alps

  [Other] - 5:00 PM, Fri Nov 27, 2015

Fresh wet avalanche came down a gully between Pk 2-3 (~2.5 mi) up the Powerline trail today ~1-2 pm. The slide is about 2-3 feet deep, covers the trail and made it partway down to the creek. This is a great reminder that you only need to be connected to avalanche terrain to be in danger. Heads up out there. Powerline trail was mostly slush, slush-covered ice and very wet snow with bare spots this afternoon.

Report by Jen A..

Sheep Mountain Lodge

  [Other] - 4:00 PM, Fri Nov 27, 2015

We have started grooming with around 8 inches of base. We had more, but were hit with a bit of rain. All temperatures below freezing now. Some debris still coming through trail.

Report by Sheep Mountain Lodge.

Hatcher Pass

  [Mat-Su] - 7:00 PM, Thu Nov 26, 2015

Avalanche Danger is extreme. Aerial survey on Thurs AM revealed lots of spontaneous slides throughout the area and a lot more potential slides. DOT may start clearing the road early next week if things stabilize. DOT/ State Parks is considering closing the road at both ends (Willow and Gateway).

Report by Ed Strabel.

Glen Alps

  [Anchorage] - 3:00 PM, Thu Nov 26, 2015

Skate skied from Glen Alps to German Bridge and back, a few trips. If you're careful when you first access the main trail, you can keep your skis on the whole way. First downhill has as little as 1/2 inch of mostly windblown slush ice on it. After that, it's 4-6 inches of base in stretches with some shelter, 1 inch in exposed areas. Obviously, rock skis are advised. Classic may be easier than skate, after the first mile, in light of still-narrow trail width (but even this is better now than it would have been ten years ago - my sincere thanks to the fat bikers).

Much better than I was expecting. Still not sure how an area that's been above freezing for 72 hours straight now can have (relatively speaking) so much snow left, but I'll take it.

Fine print: it was a little windy (Mesonet currently says "gusts to 52"). I was V2ing the first downhill.

Never give a inch.

Report by Gavin Kentch.

Chugach Park

  [Anchorage] - 11:00 AM, Thu Nov 26, 2015

Still decent snow coverage out of Upper Huffman trailhead. Snow is soft and punchy but at least it all didn't melt! We biked but if you are desperate skiing would work. Probably even more snow the higher you go. A bit windy in exposed areas...
Happy Thanksgiving!

Report by Mark Miner.

Hatcher Pass

  [Mat-Su] - 4:00 PM, Wed Nov 25, 2015

State Park Rangers report conditions are getting worse not better (more mixed snow and rain) . Avalanche mitigation may take place starting Friday. The road may not be open till next week. The road is still closed at the Gold Mint Lot.

Report by Ed Strabel.


  [Mat-Su] - 5:00 PM, Tue Nov 24, 2015

The warm temperatures and rain have softened the snow. Please stay off the all trails until further notice. You will appreciate it later.

Report by Dave Musgrave.

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

  [Anchorage] - 4:00 PM, Tue Nov 24, 2015

Overcome your expectations and give the Coastal Trail a try. At 4pm, it was skating well, despite an intermittent drip from the sky (I refuse to type the r-word).

Report by Eva+Becky.

Chester Creek

  [Southeast] - 12:00 PM, Tue Nov 24, 2015

Not bad skating around lunch time today. Surface is pocked but firm. Debris is the big detriment.

Report by steve cleary.

Hatcher Pass

  [Mat-Su] - 11:00 AM, Tue Nov 24, 2015

Avalanche has blocked the main road above Archangel pullout. State Parks has closed the road at the Goldmint lot until the DOT avalanche mitigation team makes an assessment and the road can be cleared. Obviously the backcountry is not a good place to be until things stabilize. STAY SAFE.

Report by Ed Strabel.

Government Peak Recreation Area

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

33 degrees and climbing. An inch of soft/wet fresh snow, still good skiing

Report by Red8wop.

Archangel Rd

  [Mat-Su] - 8:00 AM, Tue Nov 24, 2015

The non-motorized portion of the road was packed and groomed for skating Monday(not enough fuel to set classic tracks). Temps in the Pass still below freezing. May be a good choice for skiing until the temperature drops.

Report by Ed Strabel.


  [Anchorage] - 9:00 PM, Mon Nov 23, 2015

Classic skied Besh Loop and Richter Loop. Good classic tracks but warm front hit right when I started. Skis icing up the whole time. Was 40 degrees when I left. Probably won't be good again until this weekend.

Report by Dan.

Government Peak

  [Mat-Su] - 7:00 PM, Mon Nov 23, 2015

Great skating conditions! A few inches of fresh powder on top didn't even matter. Almost a foot of snow on a picnic table. Was dip-n-dotting at the parking lot when I left at 745, 25 degrees F

Report by wayne.

Government Peak Recreation Area

  [Mat-Su] - 6:00 PM, Mon Nov 23, 2015

If someone took a black SkiGo water-belt from GPRA today at around 6:30pm, it would be greatly appreciated if you could return it. Contact me at 907-521-1247. It had my favorite buff in it... Plus you will be leaving me very thirsty with the long skis this week.

Report by Josiah Alverts.


  [Mat-Su] - 5:00 PM, Mon Nov 23, 2015

Mtn Bike Trails groomed today by Kevin Murphy. He packed all trails with a snow machine from Mat-Su Ski Club. This is the first grooming of the trails and they are still soft. Please stay off until Wednesday to let them set up. You will appreciate it the rest of the season.

Report by Dave Musgrave.

Beach Lake Trails - Chugiak

  [Anchorage] - 4:00 PM, Mon Nov 23, 2015

Very nice skating over fresh snow. Many of the main trails had been recently dragged. The chalet parking lot was also open. Let's hope the weather forecast is wrong!

Report by Tony DeGange.

Powder Loops

  [Anchorage] - 4:00 PM, Mon Nov 23, 2015

All Powder Loops groomed between Sun Valley Trailhead, Wendt Road Trailhead and the swamp. 20 degrees, light snow. Trails in the woods smoothed out nicely, but unable to groom the swamp - rough ice, visible water on little snow cover.

Report by Billie's Dad.


  [Anchorage] - 2:00 PM, Mon Nov 23, 2015

According to a reliable source APU was groomed all the way to (and including) cardiac hill over by AK Public Media!
Thanks so much groomers!!!

Report by Dave Bass.

Kincaid Park

  [Anchorage] - 12:00 PM, Mon Nov 23, 2015

First 1/2 Mize and Arlene's were great. On the softer side with a dusting on top of a smooth groomed trail, very forgiving. It's currently snowing at Kincaid. The Middle Earth Trail looked like STA groomed it and packed it down with their snowmachine groomer where it crossed the Mize.

Report by Brad.