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  [Anchorage] - 8:00 PM, Thu Jan 29, 2015

Jodphur and Marguax's and multi-use are quite good for skating. Classic tracks too on Jod and Marg. I'd say they are about three inches of snow away from being safe for the good skis, but very little ice and debris. Mize is thinner and more exposed and icy but decent. The snow making loop is like real winter.

Report by Ryan Hickel.

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

  [Anchorage] - 2:00 PM, Thu Jan 29, 2015

Skated from Pt. Woronzof out to Kincaid (bottom of hill below chalet). The snow was thin but packed and pretty good and not a lot of debris. A few spots beyond Blue Bridge toward Kincaid were almost down to pavement, but still had enough snow to ski over them. If we get a bit more snow, it's time to take out the good skis!

Report by Bart.


  [Mat-Su] - 12:00 AM, Thu Jan 29, 2015

MSSC re-groomed all loops for classic and skating. Should be great skiing! Enjoy.

Report by Ed Strabel.

Coastal Trail

  [Anchorage] - 7:00 PM, Wed Jan 28, 2015

Skied all of Coastal trail from downtown to Kincaid with exception of Kincaid Hill. Very skatable. No classic tracks. Pavement showing through here and there and even thinner than it was in December. Bad ice top of hill just north of Pt. Woronzoff (take skis off) and in one spot a kilometer north of there. No snow or really dirty snow in tunnels. But it's pretty dang good! Get it while it's frozen!

Report by Ryan Hickel.

Kincaid Park

  [Anchorage] - 3:00 PM, Wed Jan 28, 2015

Kincaid skiers - be aware that 400+ middle schoolers will be racing classic counter-clockwise on the snowmaking loop Wednesday from 3pm to 5:00pm. The trail will be packed with adolescents, good time to ski the Hillside. Thanks all!

Race Map: http://www.anchoragenordicski.com/middle_school/maps/MS1-alt%20Kincaid%201-28-15.pdf

Report by Diane Moxness, Middle School Race Coordinator.

Unalakleet Nordic Ski Trails

  [Other] - 5:00 PM, Tue Jan 27, 2015

The Dragon's Back and Belly are groomed. The temps have warmed up to -2ºF and wind chill is only -20ºF now. The Back is in better shape than the Belly as the Back was chewed up nicely by the groomer. Nothing is groomed for classic skiing yet. We do need snow, but it is amazing we can ski on what snow we do have here. Thanks to our groomer!

Report by Nancy Persons.


  [Anchorage] - 4:00 PM, Tue Jan 27, 2015

Grooming on Spencer has brought up some abrasive snow from below. Classic tracks are more glazed than those on Besh Loop -- a thin layer of binder would be helpful. The skate lane, with lots of ice crystals but well-groomed, looks fast and fun!

Report by Terri Pauls.

Kincaid Park

  [Anchorage] - 4:00 PM, Tue Jan 27, 2015

Skied all lit trails and most not-lit trails. Lit trails are hard-packed and good skating. Dark trails are a little softer, but should be much better by tomorrow, given today's grooming schedule and tonight's temps. All are eminently skiable. Some debris throughout, mostly tree pieces.

Report by Gavin Kentch.


  [Anchorage] - 12:00 PM, Tue Jan 27, 2015

FYI to all Skier, Skijor, runners & bikers that use the area around Elmore, Baseball Boogie, Speedway & The Tour of Anchorage trail. There have been over seven incidents in the last month of a women running with 3 German Sheppard’s off leash that have aggressively surrounded or attacked or have bitten at least three people. Two bikers and one runner on baseball boogie. The owner runs up and acts like nothing is happening and calls the dogs and keeps going. Four of these incidents have been reported to animal control and have case#’s. The women lives and runs a Kennel called Perfect Storm Belgians. (Which look like German Sheppard’s) that is adjacent to the trails. She is a well know xc skier and Mt runner. The last three run-ins that people have had with her since; she was reported to AC/MOA she has said that she is running them at non prime time hours. Unfortunately still off leash and out of her control. She has total disregard for her fellow park users. If you have had run-in with her or been attacked by her dogs please report it to Animal Control & APD. Hopefully she will clue in before someone gets hurt by her dogs.

Report by Chad Burris.


  [Anchorage] - 10:00 AM, Tue Jan 27, 2015

Hillside is in very good shape. The classic tracks on the lighted loops are excellent. The skate lanes have a soft surface for a good edge.

Report by Ed Popek.

Kincaid Park

  [Anchorage] - 11:00 AM, Mon Jan 26, 2015

Mize loop groomed for skating, I used classic due to -1F temps. Looked like ok for skating but beware of bottoming out on uphills.
No it is NOT too cold - bundle up or 40 degree weather will return

Report by red8wop.

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

  [Anchorage] - 4:00 PM, Sun Jan 25, 2015

Skied the coastal trail S. from Woronzof to Blue Bridge. There isn't any set classic track and the snow is thin (maybe an inch or so) but in good condition for skate skiing. Poles bottom out on the pavement or ice below the snow, but looks like the surface was groomed in the last few days.

Report by Bart.


  [Anchorage] - 2:00 PM, Sun Jan 25, 2015

2deg F, with beautiful sun. Classic skied the Spencer Loop. Tracks are set. Trail had been groomed Sat (morning?) - will need to be re-groomed for skate skiing. Classic skiing was nice.

Report by devo.

Tour of Anchorage Trail

  [Anchorage] - 2:00 PM, Sun Jan 25, 2015

Skijor- Hillside to Takishla. Great run with good coverage everywhere. Special THANKS to KYLE who was putting snow under MLK bridge as I passed. Likewise I assume he filled in the tunnel by the ANHC. Tudor bridge was thin but skiable. Get out!

Report by Kent Waite & the GottaWanna Gals.

Alaska Pacific University

  [Anchorage] - 2:00 PM, Sun Jan 25, 2015

There is enough snow to comfortably classic ski over the dirt, rocks, and roots. Skating doesn't look like it would be much fun.

Report by John McCormick.

Beach Lake Trails - Chugiak

  [Anchorage] - 12:00 PM, Sun Jan 25, 2015

Oh so cold, but the trails were being groomed via snow machine as we were skating on them. There were still a few powder-covered trails but the base made them skiable. Great Alaskan day.

Report by New skater.

Glen Alps

  [Anchorage] - 10:00 AM, Sun Jan 25, 2015

Proceeding out of the South Fork Valley towards Ship Lake Pass we found the snow cover was too thin for skiing. It is deep enough to hide the rocks but not deep enough to ski over. Also, under the snow is a lot of ice, so if you take your skis off for a part of the descent, be prepared for it.

Report by John McCormick.

Tikishla-Northern Lights-Russian Jack

  [Anchorage] - 8:00 AM, Sun Jan 25, 2015

The multi-use wasn't bad this morning at -6 F, though the new snow on the golf course areas was predictably slow. Multi-use, Tikishla and Russian Jack were all groomed yesterday morning. Happy to finally have some snow!

Wax notes: Start Green and Inari cold powder.

Report by Jason.


  [Mat-Su] - 10:00 PM, Sat Jan 24, 2015

Classic tracks set on Mat-Su Loops (skate lane is still in good shape following the High School races). Mountain Streams Loop groomed for classic and skating.

Report by Ed Strabel.

Glen Alps Middle Fork

  [Anchorage] - 9:00 PM, Sat Jan 24, 2015

Enough snow to cover 99% of rocks to do some touring, no grooming, all outback! <3ing the snow

Report by Glen Alps Trailhead.