- 6:00 AM, Tue Apr 15, 2014 by Ed Strabel
Meltdown is upon us. The gate to GPRA will be locked soon for breakup. Ski at Archangel Rd. Runners/hikers can still go up the hiking trail to Blue Berry Knoll. Park at gate if locked, but don't completely block the gate (MSB vehicles may need to access the Community Center.)
- 4:00 PM, Mon Apr 14, 2014 by sjburky
The lake probably did not freeze last night. The surface at 10;30 AM Monday at 38 degrees was soft. There was about 2 inches of slushy snow over ice - you could skate ski through it. It was wetter towards the glacier with big patches of very wet slush. A hard freeze would turn the surface to rough ice. No visible snow in Twenty Mile Valley. The Bike trail appears to be snowless especially on the Girdwood End - folks were out biking.
Warm temps hitting Hillside hard. Standing water in several spots, including near the end of Spencer. A lot of lurching as you go from icy shaded spots to soft slush in the sun so be careful. Best conditions on Richter thanks to the partial shade. Definitely grab this opportunity to ski in a T-shirt. It wont last long.
- 3:00 PM, Mon Apr 14, 2014 by sjburky
The Girdwood XC Trail - It froze over night. It still had groom marks from a few days ago. At 12noon the XC Trail was firm in the shade but softer in sun patches-skate skiing was good. No classic tracks. Could be very firm to icy after a hard overnight freeze.
- 3:00 PM, Mon Apr 14, 2014 by Bob Vogel
Skookum is still very doable and a pleasant experience even starting late in the day on mushy snow and slush on the flats. Snow all the way from the road. Early in the morning it will probably be great crust skating. Took the pups and they did a bit of postholing toward the glacier but things firmed back up on the way out.
Tour of Anchorage Trail
- 1:00 PM, Mon Apr 14, 2014 by Larry
As NSAA grooming report said, they groomed the entire Tour Trail down to and including the short connector to the MLK ball field parking lot (thanks). By the time I returned to the parking lot, there was water flowing across the trail very near the lot and very wet conditions between the ball fields. I found out that groomed slush is still slush but the grooming in the shade was a nice light touch up that maintained fast conditions. Birch Knob was groomed and the steeper side was slushy in the early afternoon. Virtually all classic tracks are now gone. The hill up to Hillside had 5-6 icy patches that soften in the afternoon sun. Warm week in the forecast could cause conditions to rapidly deteriorate.
Chester Creek Trail
- 11:00 AM, Mon Apr 14, 2014 by KEB
Muni equipment out leveling/scraping as of late morning today, making for much easier travel (pushing a job stroller in slush=not fun) on areas already done. Still snow/ice on 95% of trail, but level and hard after scraping. It appears they started on N side of the N.Lights bridge near Goose Lake cut-off, and were making their way W (at 11am they were working their way through Roger's Park area of trail, heading westward). Note for APU area users, the trail on S side of N.Lights heading east and along APU bypass (near Wesleyan) still hadn't seen any action - passable on foot/wheels as of mid/late morning from overnight freeze, but already getting soft again along open stretches.
Chester Creek Trail
- 7:00 AM, Mon Apr 14, 2014 by Katie
Grinders and scrapers working on trail right now (2p) near valley of the moon park.
- 5:00 PM, Sun Apr 13, 2014 by devo
Sun 5pm - 42F. Skated all the lighted loops. Still very nice in the shaded areas, soft, with some debris/pine needles starting to show, but great skating. Sunny areas are starting to come apart. Oval in back of Service is slush. Some standing water, but not bad. Tracks for the Classic folks are disappearing.
Tour of Anchorage Trail
- 3:00 PM, Sun Apr 13, 2014 by Larry
Connection from the ball field parking lot off MLK to the tour was OK except for the icy section at the ball fields. The Tour Trail from there up to the base of the Hillside hill was in good spring shape with some mushy patches. Ran into a pair of horses, but they were not leaving very deep prints.
- 1:00 PM, Sun Apr 13, 2014 by Travis Rector
Fresh groom everywhere in the park, except for Spencer. Spencer is much more transformed now. KX40S with a VR55 cover kicked well with minimal icing. Down below the conditions were more suited to a warmer klister, such as KX65 probably. Richter/Ridge is groomed for skate but be aware that there was a momma moose and two babies on the first half of Ridge, so we turned back. Please don't run off the moose- they are agitated and very hungry this time of year.
- 9:00 PM, Sat Apr 12, 2014 by Becky
Did anyone ski the lake? How was it?
- 4:00 PM, Sat Apr 12, 2014 by droseman
Spencer Loop and the rest of the Hillside trails are fit to make heroes out of all comers. A+ skate skiing.
- 4:00 PM, Sat Apr 12, 2014 by Skijoring Ladybugs
Tour of Anchorage Trail from Service to the north end of the airstrip mirrors the Hillside Trail reports. Very fast, easy skating except for several patches of ice on Service/Cardiac Hill which don't pose a serious problem, even when cruising behind a pair of fast, strong dogs that aren't keen about going downhill "easy." Classic tracks are still present most of the way, but klister or waxless skis will be needed.
Beach Lake Trails - Chugiak
- 12:00 PM, Sat Apr 12, 2014 by Missy P
Freshly groomed this morning. Good to great conditions on the trails we skied -- sprint to mamas cutoff, then old lighted loop, low road and swamp. Swamp a bit icy, but all the other trails were beautiful cords, fast and furious. Few skiers but great trails. Get out & enjoy if you can!! Not too much winter left.
Lake Louise / Susitna Lake
- 12:00 PM, Sat Apr 12, 2014 by Tim K.
Skied Lake Louise/Susitna Lake again. It was not close to spring up there. -13 F Friday morning. The 32.9 mile groomed "Figure 8" loop on the lakes should be good for another two weeks (or more). I put a new GPS map of the route here: http://crust.outlookalaska.com/Skiing2014/ If it is clear next w/end and you need a fix of fast skate skiing while seeing new country, and you don't mind driving for it ... this could be one of your better options.
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