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  [Anchorage] - 4:00 PM, Fri Oct 24, 2014

Holly or other skiers,

Recommendation for skate or classic on the Hillside?

How about Glen Alps? It skied well for classic on Tuesday. Is it holding up or is the multi-use making it choppy?

Report by Eric Skis.

Hillside - Spencer!

  [Anchorage] - 3:00 PM, Fri Oct 24, 2014

Fresh grooming on SPENCER thanks to Tom and the NSAA! The only reason we can ski it on four inches of snow is due to the fabulous trail work done this summer. The crew widened and smoothed out the trail - allowing us to ski on the minimal snow that we have. Fantastic work - THANK YOU!

Report by Holly Brooks.

Independence Mine

  [Anchorage] - 8:00 AM, Fri Oct 24, 2014

@Mlle Sarah - here is a quick, unfortunate, reality check re: the current snow situation near Hatcher Pass:

(If that link doesn't work, that's the Hatcher Pass webcam. It shows totally bare ground at 4,000'. Oops.)

Report by Gavin Kentch.


  [Anchorage] - 9:00 PM, Thu Oct 23, 2014

Great skiing tonight, much thanks to the guy with the shovel, rock star. I will get out there and do more the same this weekend! Ski on!

Report by Mrp.

Hillside Lighted Loop

  [Anchorage] - 8:00 PM, Thu Oct 23, 2014

The skating on the Hillside loop is fantastic thanks to Tom of the NSAA! He was packing our precious four inches just as I had to leave this morning. The part that I skied was fantastic, albeit rock skiing. (Which totally beats the black ice roller skiing I've been attempting to do.) A HUGE thank you to Tom. If you see him please give him a high five and a thumbs up! Oh - and if you're looking for a strength workout shovel the snow off the sides of the trails onto the trail :) As long as it stays cold this should make for a great base for our next snow fall. Enjoy everyone - see you out there!

Report by Holly Brooks.


  [Anchorage] - 8:00 PM, Thu Oct 23, 2014

I was the guy out shovelling at Hillside last night. And I learned that there is not much snow to shovel! So any future shovelers might consider also bringing a plastic sled or poly-tarp along with your shovel. Shovel show where you can find it onto the sled/tarp and then transport it to the thin spots. This will increase your trail fixin-up efficiency. Good skiing for ... October! ;-)

Report by Tim Kelley.

Independence Mine

  [Mat-Su] - 5:00 PM, Thu Oct 23, 2014

What's the snow/groom situation up this way? I know the bridge is out, but has there been any grooming there or at the mine?


Report by Mlle Sarah.

Hillside lighted trails

  [Anchorage] - 7:00 PM, Tue Oct 21, 2014

Tuesday night races occurred tonight at Service High on the Hillside muti use trail, double bubble, and the back half of the lighted Loop. 400 runners on ski trails. Trails seemed well covered tho, and passible with rock skis. Icy right out of service, but snowy after that section. No sign of grooming, one skier on gasline. Get out there and pack it down!

Report by Jeri Collins.

Glen Alps

  [Anchorage] - 5:00 PM, Tue Oct 21, 2014

Pretty good classic skiing on the main trail. Skied-in tracks improve above the bridge. Rock skis advised though coverage is fine.

Report by S. Gramse.

Glen Alps

  [Anchorage] - 3:00 PM, Tue Oct 21, 2014

Just classic skied up the valley. 6 or 7 inches conpressed to a 2 to 3 inch firm base. Skied a mile or two above the bridge and nary a rock. As usual, better the further back you ski. Mesonet gave a false read of 46 degrees. In the 20's and in the shade. No sign of melt.

Report by scs.


  [Anchorage] - 2:00 PM, Tue Oct 21, 2014

I skied from the Hilltop parking lot today. There is a solid 4 inches coverage on parts of the Besh loop and the second half of Spencer; if people were to ski it down a little we could have good rock skiing. As it is there is a bit of a crust and the snow is a little bit deep for skating. There are definitely rocks in places, but it's great for Hillside in October!

Report by Becca Rorabaugh.

Glen Alps

  [Southeast] - 6:00 AM, Tue Oct 21, 2014


Report by Ray Robinson.

Archangel Road

  [Mat-Su] - 2:00 PM, Fri Oct 17, 2014

Reference the gate at the start of AAR. I believe it was locked so that DOT would go back there with heavy equipment and spread the 2 concrete barriers apart so that the Mat-Su Ski Club groomer would be able to fit thru the gap. And also so skiers coming fast, down the hill across the bridge would not have to "thread the needle". I have not been able to confirm with DOT that the barriers have been moved. If anyone knows what the situation is like at the bridge please call me at 745-4190. Thanks

Report by Ed Strabel.

Archangel Road

  [Mat-Su] - 10:00 AM, Tue Oct 14, 2014

The road is still driveable to the bridge, but is now locked at the Hatcher Pass road. They just close it arbitrarily early now - denying easier access to Snowbird and Lane

Report by AK rider.

Archangel Road

  [Mat-Su] - 1:00 PM, Mon Oct 13, 2014

Very unfortunate Archangel is locked. We used to ski back there well into mid-November some years. DOT protecting us from ourselves - or protecting the least common denominator. Very sad

Report by AK rider.

Archangel Road

  [Mat-Su] - 1:00 PM, Mon Oct 13, 2014

I believe the road is closed because the bridge was determined to no longer be structurally sound to drive across. Here is the article from the Frontiersman: http://www.frontiersman.com/community_briefs/archangel-creek-bridge-closed-to-vehicle-traffic/article_d686f418-0334-11e4-a8d1-001a4bcf887a.html

Report by Jason Lamoreaux.

Archangel Road

  [Mat-Su] - 9:00 AM, Mon Oct 13, 2014

Hatcher not enough to really ski
unfortunately the Archangel gate is locked, so add a 2.5 mile hike each way if you want to ski Snowbird

Report by red8wop.