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Hillside

  [Anchorage] - 5:00 PM, Tue Apr 22, 2014

THANK YOU for the 2013-2014 ski season, NSAA trail groomers! You are amazing and those of us who realize how much you spoil us really appreciate you and your work! Several times this year, you magically brought to life ski trails devastated by ice. You improve our quality of life!
Thanks also to all who donate to the trail grooming.

Report by Terri Pauls.


Hatcher Pass / Reed Lakes

  [Mat-Su] - 8:00 AM, Tue Apr 22, 2014

Gary Snyder was right about crust skiing at Hatcher Pass. It's good. Like he said - 9.5 lower elevations (like near Archangel Road). Up high the crust is not as ripe. About a 7 up at Upper Reed Lake. It seemed to get soft quickly just after 11:00 (glad I started early). A few more freeze/thaw cycles should make it even better.

Report by Tim Kelley.


Archangel Road

  [Mat-Su] - 10:00 AM, Mon Apr 21, 2014

Groomed Archangel from gate to gate this morning for both skate and classic.

Report by Darren Black.


Eklutna Lake

  [Anchorage] - 9:00 AM, Mon Apr 21, 2014

The snow has melted on Eklutna Lake, but I had fun double poling on crusty ice to the cabin and back.

Report by Kevin Apgar.


Tour of Anchorage Trail

  [Anchorage] - 2:00 PM, Sun Apr 20, 2014

Perhaps my tolerance of spring skiing conditions has influenced my reports. I moved the black and pink pattered cap with tuft on top from the top of the sign post at the bottom of antenna hill to the top of the sign post just over the Bruckner bridge from the parking lot. I did find today that conditions had changed quite a bit since yesterday. Many more icy patches between antenna hill and moose run. The slushy areas between moose run and Birch Knob were still icy from the low 20's overnight temps vs the upper 20's lows on Sat night. More icy area on or around Birch Knob. More icy reaches on the upper to lower SF Campbell Ck bridges as well. With all the ice, definitely need to wait until it has a chance to melt. Mid afternoon temps are mid 50's, so continued melt today and perhaps warmer overnight temps with incoming cloud cover will continue a rapid degradation of the conditions.

Report by Larry.


Campbell Creek Trail

  [Anchorage] - 1:00 PM, Sun Apr 20, 2014

Larry, you are far more optimistic than I about the conditions on the TOA and surrounding trails. I was out pretty darn early, so maybe that was my problem. All the patches that would be harmless slush later in the day were razor ice frozen in choppy, long stretches down significant portions of the trail. From the Peanut Farm to the South Fork bridge was about 50% snow and ice, 50% pavement. The tour trail probably is still do-able later in the day when it's slushy, but the morning was an exercise in P'Tex chewing ice gnar. Rover's has quite a bit of exposed dirt, but no overflow. Hillside is still holding up remarkably well, considering it's April 20, but the carefully, wonderfully manicured thin groom of crystals on a base of ice all down the gasline hint at what's to come in the very near future.

Report by Mlle Sarah.


Portage Lake

  [Anchorage] - 11:00 AM, Sun Apr 20, 2014

As of 11:00am, crust skiing was stellar. Light cloud cover today will extend the great conditions a few hours more. The wind was beginning to pick up as we were leaving.

Report by droseman.


Eklutna Lake

  [Anchorage] - 11:00 AM, Sun Apr 20, 2014

Good crust skiing at Eklutna Lake. Shallow layer of granular snow that's tightly adhered to the ice. Over most of the lake the snow layer was <2" deep. Uniform surface with good edging. Snow layer was thinner within the first mile of the parking lot and likely to become icy in that area within the next few days. We did not go very far past the end of the lake due to the lack of snow bridges over the creek. Overall, an excellent morning of skiing under clear skies.

Report by Jerry Hupp.


Eklutna Glacier

  [Anchorage] - 8:00 AM, Sun Apr 20, 2014

Public Service Announcement - If anyone is heading on the Eklutna Glacier for the traverse there is tons of blue ice exposed and very little snow below Pitchler's perch. email me if you want more info.

Report by Eric Parsons.


Portage Lake

  [Anchorage] - 8:00 AM, Sun Apr 20, 2014

Sun kissed, refrozen
Am skiers travel fast
In Bard Peak's shadow

Report by Never say never.


Tour of Anchorage Trail

  [Anchorage] - 3:00 PM, Sat Apr 19, 2014

Mushy in sunny areas and not too bad in shady areas in general and better for skiing than walking. Antenna to Moose Run is OK with just a few icy spots. Moose Run to Birch Knob is mushy with a few wet spots that can be skirted. Birch Knob is icy on the steep end but the other end is OK. OK with mushy sections going around Birch Knob. Bruckner bridge to the lower bridge is OK with mushy sections. Lower bridge and beyond around the bend has bare sections, but beyond that is OK conditions with some areas of needles and dirt all the way to the Campbell Ck trail. That trail toward the ball fields is showing more pavement and does not connect to the trail through the woods to the ball field. Not convinced that it is worth going beyond the lower SF Campbell Ck bridge. Nice to get out for shorts and T shirt skiing in spring sunshine.

Report by Larry.


Hatcher Pass

  [Mat-Su] - 1:00 PM, Sat Apr 19, 2014

The crust was fantastic in the Mint Valley this morning, 9.5 out of 10. I skied from 8:45 until 11:30. I wouldn't go much later than that, but it was still firm as I headed out. Snow bikes would likely be OK early, but with skiing so good I am not sure why one would do that. If it gets too soft there is always a trail out and some firm snow mobile tracks. The Archangel Road made a nice cool down.

Report by Gary Snyder.


Portage Lake

  [Anchorage] - 12:00 PM, Sat Apr 19, 2014

I'd like to echo report from N.S. earlier in the day. We were out there later and by the time we got off the lake at 2, conditions were quite slushy - and unnerving. Is there an ice thickness gauge somewhere?

Report by katie.


Portage Lake

  [Anchorage] - 9:00 AM, Sat Apr 19, 2014

Skied from 0930-1100 on the lake. Nice rain crust. It gets better the further away from the visitor center you go. Very few people. I'd give it a 7 out of 10 for crust skiing. Watch out for the pot holes of dog poo.

Report by N.S..


Archangel Road

  [Mat-Su] - 9:00 PM, Fri Apr 18, 2014

I'm planning to head up and re-groom Archangel Rd early Saturday morning (4/19). Put away your bike and come get your last fix of good skate and classic trails. Be sure to thank Mat-Su Ski Club for their efforts this winter. Also - Jr Nordic ski return is Saturday from 10-2 at 1517 Industrial Way in Palmer.

Report by Zack Steer.


Hillside

  [Anchorage] - 6:00 PM, Fri Apr 18, 2014

Looks like another Tim K was out biking as this Tim K was skiing the Besh Loop and Richter Loops. Getting thin. Some ice. Some nice. Some not so nice. Top of Richter is barren. While skiing the Besh Loop I passed a guy that was out walking and carrying a big metal bowl. Not sure what that was all about. Maybe it was a gnome that had just come out of hibernation and was looking for fiddleheads and greens. I take seeing gnomes out foraging for food as a harbinger that skiing at Hillside is just about over. Our last ski at Hillside was May 18th last year. Not this year.

Report by Tim K (skier).


Portage Lake

  [Anchorage] - 1:00 PM, Fri Apr 18, 2014

Silly us...we didn't check the Portage Lake webcam (http://avcams.faa.gov/sitelist.php) before driving out of the sun in Anchorage, drove into intermittent showers between Girdwood and Portage, and constant rain and wind between Portage and the Portage Glacier Visitor Center. After sitting in the rig being rocked by the wind for about fifteen minutes, I opted to take the dog pack for a trail run on the Turnagain Arm Trail. That trail is in great shape and we did an out and back between McHugh and Windy without getting my trail shoes muddy. Even the dogs came back to the truck relatively clean and that almost never happens this time of year.

Report by Skijoring Ladybugs.


Hillside

  [Anchorage] - 1:00 PM, Fri Apr 18, 2014

Unless you have moral or ethical objections to skiing in a T-shirt I highly recommend cruising on over to Hillside. Spencer is holding up well. There's standing water in some spots, and a few bare patches, but the coverage is still good and the glide is slow but not lurchy. It won't last so grab it while you can.

Report by Travis Rector.


Glen Alps

  [Anchorage] - 10:00 AM, Fri Apr 18, 2014

Dismal. The trail is post holed and bike grooved. Seems to turn from icy bumps to slush with suction in a flash. No one else was skiing this morning,for good reason.

There is crust above German Bridge in the valley near Ptarmigan Peak, but it is uneven and still thin in places. Breaking through on the way down around noon and wished for wider skis. Much wind drifting, invisible in flat light. Snow layer is giving way to tundra. Ptarmigans are turning.

Report by B Lohr.


Hillside

  [Anchorage] - 9:00 AM, Fri Apr 18, 2014

Spencer's Loop at 9:00 AM was still skiable. Besh Loop was groomed. Some puddles of water - but the Hillside should still hold up through the weekend - a few fast spots, a few slow spots and only a couple of brown spots. Enjoy early in the morning before the sun hits it and you should have a good time.

Report by N.S..