- 9:00 PM, Sat Mar 28, 2015 by Dan Beutel
We skated across the lake today between 12-2. The ice started out rough and got better the further you went, and was best when it softened slightly but not too much after the sun came out. Definitely not hero ice, but still fun if you're thinking about going. Nordic blades are pretty much mandatory, hockey skates would not work well on the uneven stuff.
- 4:00 PM, Sat Mar 28, 2015 by Ipickupmydog'spoo
Saturday afternoon: bumpy, a few nice glides here and there but generally not worth it IMO. Still good enough for the ice sailing but too bumpy for nordic blades.
I think it would still be fun on fatbike with studs, ice is slowly melting but still super thick. No water on top.
- 3:00 PM, Sat Mar 28, 2015 by funhog fundogs
Skied south from the bathrooms to the uptrack for Sunburst and returned on the Iditarod Trail. A little bit of everything, snow, ice, earth and water. Touring on waxless skis on wet snow. Temps in the mid 30s, snow mixed with rain, a bit of wind. Fun!
- 12:00 PM, Sat Mar 28, 2015 by kevin pedersen
Has anyone been out to Eklutha in the past few days. I was thinking of hitting it early in the morning Sunday the 28th. Last Friday night was very good albeit bumpy in spots. Skated end to end.
Arctic to Indian Traverse
- 10:00 AM, Sat Mar 28, 2015 by Frank W
Seems like everyone knows this already, but I had to check it out anyway: snow is thin starting out from the Arctic Valley side and going up Ship Creek. That said, I was able to keep skis on for probably 75% of the time. Made it 5.5 miles and turned around. It is likely possible to make it all the way to Indian, but the thin snow/ice cover makes it slow going. Had some fun skate skiing on Ship Creek for maybe a mile, but then the ice bridges ran out as the channel narrowed.
- 8:00 AM, Sat Mar 28, 2015 by Ed Strabel
Archangel Rd was groomed this morning for classic and skating...there are kibbles and bits in the skating lane. You can skijourn on Archangel, but beware of the loose dogs greeting your dog/s.
Hatcher, archangel, etc
- 7:00 AM, Sat Mar 28, 2015 by Katie
Is it okay to skijor on archangel groomed trails or anywhere in hatcher area?
- 6:00 PM, Fri Mar 27, 2015 by Ed Strabel
MSSC will re-groom the non-motorized portion of the road for both classic and skating early Saturday AM. Bring your sun glasses.
Hatcher Pass and environs
- 12:00 PM, Fri Mar 27, 2015 by Gavin Kentch
Archangel Road: last groomed a couple days ago; good to very good.
Independence Mine, including up and down the valley above and below the lodge, and over through Gold Cord Bowl: groomed today (all save the bowl); amazing.
Snowmachine-only trails: groomed today, and allegedly amazing corduroy. Allegedly.
Chester Creek Trail
- 3:00 PM, Thu Mar 26, 2015 by Larry Rundquist
Still icy on both approaches to bridge over Northern Lights at the upper end of the Chester Creek Trail. In good ski years, the MOA is out plowing this trail before the skiing is over, but this year, with only unsafe ice left on the trail, the MOA is MIA. Maybe they do not have equipment for ice, but I would think that the blade used to remove snow could break up the ice to clear the trail.
Campbell Creek Trail
- 5:00 PM, Wed Mar 25, 2015 by Mike R
Wed afternoon. The skiing sucks. Moving on, for 3-season biking: Dowling to Old Seward mainly clear with short icy stretches. Old Seward to Waldron Lake - mainly clear with long icy stretches. Waldron to MLK - mostly ice, dry stretches in the sun ending in luge run at MLK on-ramp.
- 4:00 PM, Wed Mar 25, 2015 by Pravus
Circumnavigated Eklutna Lake on Wednesday afternoon. Ice was a little bumpy on top, but easily managed on nordic skates with skate ski poles. Surface softened up towards the back until the clouds rolled in and the wind picked up, which firmed everythign back up.
Ice was still nice and thick, as evidenced by all the ATV tire tracks. Saw a couple fat bikes out too. There was one open 4 ft diameter hole a couple hundred feet from the north shoreline. Some bubbles coming up, so maybe a spring?
Tail wind out and head wind back, It was slight, but strong enough for the ice boaters to enjoy. Start early and get it while it lasts :)
- 10:00 AM, Wed Mar 25, 2015 by Ashley Wise
Skate lane regroomed. Classic track seemed too icy to regroom. Should ski well this AM.
- 10:00 AM, Wed Mar 25, 2015 by Tamra Kornfield
Any updates on Res Pass conditions? Hoping to bike it April 3-6 and wondering on ice and snow. Thanks!
- 10:00 PM, Tue Mar 24, 2015 by Carol Wolfe
Super track skiing on Hatcher Pass lodge side of valley. Wide trails set few days ago are holding up well.
- 6:00 PM, Tue Mar 24, 2015 by Ryan Hickel
Skied most of Hillside without taking off skis, but had to ski some of it backwards via Coaches Cutoff towards Conversation Corner. There is a path of pure mud across the Hillside loop just a little past Coaches Cutofff going towards Service. In just a handful of other places I had as much mud under my skis as snow - walking on snow/mud for a few feet here and there. But stretches of good skiing too. Also, tomorrow will be the last day to do the second half of Spencers loop without taking off your skis I think. But it's pretty nasty anyway. The first half is holding up well, though it's a mix of snow, ice and slush. I would recommend just skiing gasline, first half of spencers and then backwards along Besh and Hillside loops until you run out of snow, then coming back.
- 10:00 AM, Tue Mar 24, 2015 by Ashley Wise
MSSC will groom between 7am and 9am tomorrow to try and smooth out the road. Conditions are challenging to groom. Will report how it went afterwards.
- 6:00 PM, Mon Mar 23, 2015 by Scott
Skiing in the late afternoon/early evening offered a mix of snow, ice, and slush. Still pretty good. One of the corners in the loop through the soccer field is getting thin, and I suspect that loop won't be long for this world.
- 5:00 PM, Mon Mar 23, 2015 by Heidi
Well, I made around the Besh and Hillside loops without portaging, albeit with some mud on one ski. That's not going to last the week with this sunshine. Moerlein Hill, the one right after it, and a couple other spots are sheer ice muscular double-poling to ascend, but the rest ranged from good to icy. First half of Spencer was spring-like with icy bits. Classic track set on Gasline and first half Spencer. Never thought I'd be this happy to (or even capable of) skiing so much ice--must be the mad skillz I've developed this "winter".
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