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Hillside

  [Other] - 5:00 PM, Tue Mar 28, 2017

The wet, heavy snow was falling and there was maybe an inch or so on top of the trails. The conditions were very slow for classic skiing. The snow temp must have been in that sweet spot because it stuck to my skis terribly. I could literally walk DOWN the hills. Lots of kick, no glide... for my skis at least. Trails were in great shape physically though.

Report by Gene.


Kincaid Park

  [Other] - 6:00 PM, Mon Mar 27, 2017

Skate skied from Raspberry parking lot to Jodphur to Icebox/Hairpin through entire Lekisch and back via Margaux's. All trails are in great shape. No late-season dirt showing, even in the sunnier areas where it appears first, and no ice. Didn't see a single other skier the entire loop and found plenty of corduroy in evidence.

Report by Skijoring Ladybugs.


Hillside

  [Other] - 5:00 PM, Mon Mar 27, 2017

Bogs Trail was re-done by the groomer and it was awesome today and Saturday. Thank you

Report by Nathan Cooley.


Rabbit Creek Valley

  [Other] - 5:00 PM, Sun Mar 26, 2017

Decided to let the dogs be dogs today rather than have them pull me around the lower trails and ran/jogged/slogged up to Rabbit Lake this afternoon. The trail to Rabbit Lake was solid for running shoes (and biking) until about the last 0.5--0.7 mile, when it transitioned to mid-shin deep sugar alternating with wind slab that sometimes held my weight, but most times did not. Others have also covered the route, so a trail is being punched through. The lake is snowcovered with no ice showing. A pair of light waxless touring skis would have been good for the day, as well. Some of the descents would be sporty, but there is enough powder most places to ski above or below the trail. The days haven't been warm enough yet to begin to set crust. Someone(s) skinned up the west col of Ptarmigan and carved some nice turns.

Report by Skijoring Ladybugs.


Hillside

  [Other] - 3:00 PM, Sun Mar 26, 2017

Besh and Hillside Loops-both holding up nicely! A little slow on the uphills, but overall, trails are in great shape.

Report by Laura.


Turnagain Pass

  [Other] - 2:00 PM, Sun Mar 26, 2017

Center Ridge and the south-facing slope to Lyon Creek: soft, deep, not wind blown or crusty. Mostly cloudy at the back of the valleys today.

Report by John McCormick.


Arctic to Indian Traverse

  [Other] - 9:00 AM, Sun Mar 26, 2017

Our crew of 5 XC skiers completed the route by avoiding JBER lands via Hunter Pass from the Symphony Lakes Trailhead in Eagle River. Getting up and over the pass was fast. You'd either want full skins on your XC skis, or just boot pack up the trail. The snow was very wind scoured and hard packed approaching the pass. Getting down from Hunter Pass was sporty with a breakable crust, and after side sloping for awhile into the Ship Creek Valley, the eventual descent through the shrubbery down to the creek had some "extreme cross country skiing" moments. Once in the valley bottom, the trail was like a superhighway and all of the snow bridges were still firm and supportable. The ski descent from Indian Pass was less challenging then the descent from Hunter Pass as it was more like a groomer and you could bust out a big snowplow to check your speed. It took our crew 9.5 hrs to make the ~20 mile journey from beginning to end. This report is immediately stale because the new snow, and forecast for a rise in temperatures, will alter conditions. We saw one set of older bear tracks coming down the wind-loaded, west-facing slope after Hunter Pass, but before we dropped into the Ship Creek drainage.

Report by TC.


Kincaid Park

  [Other] - 5:00 PM, Sat Mar 25, 2017

Mize and Sisson in beautiful condition for skate and classic

Report by DS.


Kepler Bradley State Recreation Area

  [Other] - 4:00 PM, Sat Mar 25, 2017

I was on the backside today-Crevasse-Moraine area, but did most of the loops of the park. Pretty bumpy, but the tracks are still in good shape. There is debris to dodge at times, but overall, excellent fun to be had!

Report by Laura.


Beach Lake Trails - Chugiak

  [Other] - 3:00 PM, Sat Mar 25, 2017

Excellent grooming.

Report by BEcky.


Portage Lake

  [Other] - 3:00 PM, Sat Mar 25, 2017

Beautiful blanket of snow on the lake. Too deep for skate skiing and definitely no ice skating. One packed multi-use trail and a couple other classic ski trails lead to glacier. Fat tires were having trouble due to both narrow nature of packed trail and number of walkers, skiers, skijorers, sledders and other users all sharing it. At the glacier we heard reports of a calving chunk that nearly took out someone so be careful! Trail along northeastern edge of lake great for skiing and leads to parking area east of tunnel; we broke a diagonal trail to get back to visitor center parking area. (You're welcome!)

Report by kaki.


Bartlett High School

  [Other] - 2:00 PM, Sat Mar 25, 2017

Best skiing I've experienced this season! Around 2 pm today I was the first skier on the beautifully groomed trails, but not the first moose. They seemed to be around every corner. I skated but classic tracks looked superb. They've groomed wide flat tracks on west and north sides of the running track that look perfect for practicing technique or introducing beginner skiers to the sport. Enjoy!

Report by Connie.


Eklutna Lake

  [Other] - 12:00 PM, Sat Mar 25, 2017

Skate skied from the parking lot to the back of the lake and return. Excellent glide on a trail that's been createdboth by snow machine packing with classic tracks on the side cut by a groomer. Clear sunny skies and temps hovering in the mid-20s. Not even a hint of melting and unexpected solitude for a Saturday. Get it while it lasts!

Report by Bob Vogel.


Hillside

  [Anchorage] - 11:00 AM, Sat Mar 25, 2017

Great trails, perfect corduroy on the Besh and Hillside lighted loops. Best conditions this year. Sunny skies, good glide. Thanks groomers. Just a few moose footprints; need to get them some skis for the ski only trails.

Report by Laura K..


Government Peak Recreation Area

  [Other] - 1:00 AM, Sat Mar 25, 2017

All loops re-groomed for classic and skating. Classic track pan was left down on some of the faster down hill turns because we had to put supplemental weight get the tracks in full depth. Just hop out of the tracks when you need to.

Report by Ed Strabel.


Archangel Road

  [Other] - 11:00 PM, Fri Mar 24, 2017

Non-motorized section groomed for classic and skate. Still in pretty good shape!!

Report by Ashley Wise.


Hillside

  [Other] - 7:00 PM, Fri Mar 24, 2017

Classical skiing with hard wax is still wonderful on the Lighted and Richter Loops. There are a couple hundred meters of track on the "connector trail" where the tracks are pretty full of birch debris, but skiing up the center over the bike tracks avoids the worst of it. As reported earlier, the ridge trail is set with a single set of tracks, which keeps one out of the spruce branches.

Report by Skijoring Ladybugs.


Bear Valley

  [Other] - 4:00 PM, Fri Mar 24, 2017

We parked at the pullout just before the Anton Anderson Tunnel, crossed the road, went under the AKRR bridge, and skied up valley to the cottonwood stands. It's level all the way with the exception of minor up and downs around streams.

Report by John McCormick.


Hillside

  [Other] - 12:00 PM, Fri Mar 24, 2017

Who ever is biking and walking on Bog's Trail and area please stay on the Multi-Use trail. Beside the partial ruin tracks the trail is fabulous.

Report by Nathan Cooley.


Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

  [Other] - 11:00 AM, Fri Mar 24, 2017

A muni crew was scuffing the trails in the west Anchorage/Westchester area at mid-day. The surface looked good.

Report by C. Crawford.