- 5:00 PM, Tue Mar 11, 2014 by Julian Mason
Took a nice, noisy tour on the no wax skis. Skate lanes and tracks are holding up nicely, but there is a lot of debris. 45 degrees most of the day, so waxing for classic will probably result in spruce needle impregnated bases. Skating is fine.One person out in shorts.
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
- 1:00 PM, Tue Mar 11, 2014 by Patrick Carnahan
biked on the coastal trail from Elderberry and it looked like someone had tried to drag the impenetrable surface today or maybe yesterday. Minimal effect, still seems very stiff (fine for biking.) Same thing on the Chester Creek trail. To the lake lookers, if you don't need a wilderness lake, Anchorage offers plowed waterways like Westchester Lagoon and Cheney Lake for skating.
Eagle River High School
- 1:00 PM, Tue Mar 11, 2014 by Eric Skis
The groom was successful this morning. The base is firm. Some debris starting to show up and being blown from the trees. The temps are not cooperating though. 40 and the wind is making the surface soft and slow. The Yosemite Road side is better. Recommend warm wax and structure for decent glide. Track bases are still firm.
Beach Lake Trails - Chugiak
- 5:00 PM, Mon Mar 10, 2014 by Eric Skis
Beautiful groom on the chalet side. All trails except Meander have a firm base, soft top, and excellent glide. Getting warm out there. -1 when I started, +1 when I left.
- 4:00 PM, Mon Mar 10, 2014 by H
I'm visiting for a week and was wondering if anyone knew of any lakes that one could ice skate on right now. I've heard of people doing this at Portage Lake and Rabbit Lake. Is it possible to do it this upcoming week? If not, are there any alternative lakes? Thanks in advance!
Tour of Anchorage Trail
- 3:00 PM, Mon Mar 10, 2014 by Larry
Skate skied between MLK ballfields and antenna hill.Skate lanes and classic track both in very good shape although not fresh groom. The Campbell Creek trail from the ballfields was groomed today, so I suspect that Chester, Russian Jack, and other area trails were groomed on the regular MOA Monday groom.
Rabbit Creek Valley
- 8:00 AM, Mon Mar 10, 2014 by Nick
FOUND - Cell phone on Rabbit Creek Trail - Sunday @ 4 pm.
Call 350-1936 to claim.
- 8:00 PM, Sun Mar 09, 2014 by Peter Haeussler
A good Samaritan called me with a report of some nordic skates *left behind* at the oval today. Call me for info on how to reclaim them. 907-862-6586.
Prospect Heights- Middle fork-Powerline-Prospect
- 7:00 PM, Sun Mar 09, 2014 by Thomas
Per request: perfect conditions until south facing "new trail" where it was a little icy but still fine, then 2 small patches of overflow then great once you cross over to Powerline pass trail. Overall I 'd give it an 8.5 out of 10 today. Entire powerline section back down to prospect heights was perfect. Hopefully we'll get a fresh coat before next weekend for you.
- 5:00 PM, Sun Mar 09, 2014 by miketski
Could say it was the first crust ski for us this season! Great day, warm and no wind, skate skied all the way around the lake!
Middle Fork Loop Trail
- 5:00 PM, Sun Mar 09, 2014 by Thomas Pease
In response to Janice, MFL offers good skiing. Surprisingly dry snow and full coverage. But who knows what another week of weather will bring? The most difficult spot is on the rerouted section of trail that sidehills east to avoid the steep dip down into the Williwaw drainage. This section was icy with some rocks showing, but we didn't have to remove our skis. Clearly the new section of trail provides a gentler grade and serves runners and bikers well, but it also cuts across a south-facing slope that melts out early. Skiers will need to take the old route as the season progresses.
Government Peak Recreation Area
- 4:00 PM, Sun Mar 09, 2014 by Ryan and Erin
Wow. Taking Crawford's suggestion we headed up to GPRA and we were not disappointed. Those trails are awesome: great groom, wide, really curvy, fast and moderately hilly (with one long two way hill). And the views of the Chugach and Talkeetna mountains were great. Great looking chalet and a nice mix of deciduous and coniferous trees. More of an open landscape than Anchorage trails, with some skiing by Ed Strabel's B&B down at the Mountains Streams trail - giving that section a real homey feeling. That was the most fun I've had skiing in a long time. Super kudos to the Mat-Su ski club! Last comment: the trails were meticulously well marked. As first time skiers we never had any questions about whether we were skiing the right way on any of the trails. Anchorage can learn from how well these trails are marked.
- 2:00 PM, Sun Mar 09, 2014 by Bart
Hillside trails (Service, Besh, Hillside lighted loops, gasline) are near perfect, with fresh grooming in the last day or so for skating and nicely set classic tracks too. The Homestead trail down from Service to Martin Luther King underpass are also in very good condition with good classic track in most places and good skate lane with little debris. With the sun we have, this could be some of the best skiing of the year!
South Rim trails-Prospect Heights
- 1:00 PM, Sun Mar 09, 2014 by Janice
Skied South Rim, White Spruce and Blueberry Hollow trails today. Hard packed but minimal bare spots. One nasty iced over overflow section on the upper part of the South Rim trail (near the steep hill with the wide inside curve)...but fairly easy to walk around. Saw more bikers and walkers than skiers. Fast coming back down. If anyone does the full loop to Middlefork, please report! I want to do that next weekend. Thanks. Wonderful sun today.
Tour of Anchorage Trail
- 10:00 AM, Sun Mar 09, 2014 by jack frost
(not really The Tour but...) Linked up all the Anchorage Multi-use trails into one big loop (well, almost, more like a big C). Skated: Raspberry Multi-use -> Coastal Trail ->Chester Creek -> U-Med Connector -> Campbell Creek. Trail on most of this route is currently in good condition, with a handful of rough spots. According to GPS watch, from corner of Serenity/Raspberry Rd to corner of Dimond/Victor is precisely 40.0 kilometers.
Arctic to Indian Traverse
- 10:00 AM, Sun Mar 09, 2014 by Hannah Brewster
Skied Arctic to Indian as an overnight. Snow most if the way but not much of it. Thanks to whoever went before us so we had a trail to follow. Trail stays away from the creek more than most years so there's more time spent picking your way through the trees. Not sure of the condition of the creek and whethere or not you could travel on it. A few icy spots on the way down to Indian. If this storm materializes then all should be good to go. Have fun out there.
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