Yesterday's warm temps and rain do not seem to have thinned out the ice much. Took several laps around Sand Lake this evening and it 4+" thick everywhere we skated. There are still seeds stuck to the top to avoid, and the rain left a few small patches with a thin lens of ice over the thicker stuff, but it was all skate-able. Saw a couple of ice fishermen, a couple of other skaters, and a muskrat.
- 7:00 PM, Thu Nov 20, 2014 by Cory Smith
Found a pair of Swix Star poles near Service High School this evening. I left them there, thinking maybe the owner would come back for them. But if you lost a pair, I can tell you where they are: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh, and the trails are a mix of dirt and ice. Studs/yaktrax recommended, but you can survive without if you pick your line carefully.
Tour of Anchorage Trail
- 12:00 PM, Thu Nov 20, 2014 by steve cleary
Good news ice skaters (at least I think). I biked on Goose Lake and it looks like the rain yesterday has made it even smoother. The biking is a bit more difficult now, but still decent on the tour trail. Studs helped a lot.
Tour of Anchorage Trail
- 11:00 AM, Thu Nov 20, 2014 by Kathleen
anyone skating today?
- 10:00 AM, Thu Nov 20, 2014 by B Lob
Westchester's top layer barely froze overnight. North shore was skatable, with plenty of ice depth overall. But the overflow layer had thawed yesterday and was broken up and refrozen in places. If you punch through the top layer, the consequences are abrupt. Bike helmet, screw drivers and the occasional wet suit are recommended, both for padding and insulation.
- 1:00 PM, Wed Nov 19, 2014 by red8wop
~1" fresh...on ice. Only skied to the corner and back - pretty treacherous. But it was 32 degrees! Road being plowed/sanded as I left. Nees a bit more, looked tough to even walk on
Beach Lake - Chugiak
- 1:00 PM, Tue Nov 18, 2014 by Peter Haeussler
I skated Beach Lake today. Conditions were very good. I could go 100% with my speedskates pretty much everywhere. There's a lot of those birch tree seed things on the ice, and they will slow you down a little bit, but they won't knock you over. Watch for a handful of small rocks sticking out of the ice within throwing distance of the approach to the lake. There's a few ice fishing holes to watch for, and even an orange buoy. But overall the skating was super great. Ice thickness is roughly 5-6 inches. Get out there before it snows or blows!
- 11:00 AM, Mon Nov 17, 2014 by red8wop
There is still snow at the Tincan turnout, and touring is ok with VR75 and touring skis in the meadows. Tincan bowl has snow, lots of glide cracks but looks skiable top to bottom
- 8:00 PM, Sun Nov 16, 2014 by Mike Jens
Still nice ice on Sand Lake. Saw a few frustrated skiers on Nordic Skates V-2ing around the lake; a number of hockey players/skaters; some touring skaters/families; two ice fisherman; a few studded tire bikers; and 4 iceboats sailing the fluky winds on the east end of the lake. Lots of alternatives for outdoor fun with this strange weather. Sand Lake has multiple public access points, as opposed to Campbell Lake.
- 6:00 PM, Sun Nov 16, 2014 by phil907
The kincaid STA trails are mostly smooth frozen dirt with a few rutted spots that fat tires roll smoothly through, and a few icy patches where studs are nice to have. Till we get snow, this is a great option!
- 5:00 PM, Sun Nov 16, 2014 by Kevin Tritt
Ice was beautiful today. Best day ever, according to my kids. But beware of the very eastern end where it gets close to Minnesota Drive. We heard some classic popping noises and skedaddled.
The rest of the lake is at least 5 inches thick and very smooth overall.
Little Campbell Lake
- 2:00 PM, Sun Nov 16, 2014 by Nicole
Great ice skating. The ice was thin just off the dock but it was thick enough everywhere else. There were about ten people skating, no problems.
- 2:00 PM, Sat Nov 15, 2014 by Barbara
Beautiful ice. 20 or so people sharing the Lagoon.
- 10:00 AM, Fri Nov 14, 2014 by Mark Miner
Skiing sucks, but mtn biking, with studded tires, rocks! With cooler temps trails are clean and hard creating fun riding. Conditions out of front range trailheads in CSP are especially enjoyable.
BLM Campbell Tract
- 9:00 AM, Fri Nov 14, 2014 by Mlle Sarah
As an addendum to the prior post about accessing the front range: it IS gorgeous weather for biking, running, and hiking (as we oh so patiently wait for snow), but the trails out of Basher to Wolverine as well as approaching Near Point are prohibitively icy. Where there was snow last week, there are now ice luge conditions. It's a frustrating balance, too, since it's not prevalent or deep enough to make kahtoolas a good choice, but it's also too icy for just cleats. From the TH to the top, there are good-ish sections, but 80% of the trail requires either slow and slippery negotiation or bushwhacking.
Gold Cord Lake
- 8:00 PM, Wed Nov 12, 2014 by Hatcher Pass
If you are really desperate, try skate skiing the crust on Gold Cord. We went up there on Sunday to ice skate, where ran into 1/2 dozen skate skiers enjoying the crust. Not sure what the conditions are like since it has been warming up...
- 2:00 PM, Wed Nov 12, 2014 by Gavin Kentch
Google "Hatcher Pass webcam." But only if you want to be disappointed, and cry sad tears into your waxbench.
- 9:00 AM, Wed Nov 12, 2014 by desperate anchorage skier
Can anyone give an update on Hatcher Pass conditions?
Bartlett High School
- 6:00 PM, Tue Nov 11, 2014 by Zorro
Surprisingly excellent cycling from the outer lot right now. Icy for the most part with interspersed sorta frozen mud. Total blast if you have good studded tires. Totally treacherous if you don't. Way fun . . . if you like that kind of thing.
- 10:00 AM, Tue Nov 11, 2014 by red8wop
There is still skiing up here, although maybe not for long. The first km is good (used touring skis with VR70) - packed with some debris. I almost didn't go down the hill, it was turning grey with slush/ice, but it skied OK and rocks avoidable. Then a mix of pakced snow with spots ice/water to German bridge. It skis better than it looks. If it freezes soon it will be salvageable...
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