Alaska Outdoor Reports User-submitted reports on outdoor conditions around the state of Alaska. en-us Kincaid Park Dec 9 4PM: Fantastic beach/tidal flat riding at Kincaid. High tide deposited bergs all over the beach and the ice is solid enough except a small area. Report by Zack Fields Sun, 10 Dec 2017 02:29:30 -0500 Hillside Dec 9 1PM: Running: 50% terrible but 100% doable without studs.
Also, this report will be dated if the temps get back to 32 degrees or so.

Ran 7 a mile loop from Service HS to Campbell Airstrip Parking lot, Elmore Parking lot, Lynx trail, and back up to Service HS.

Homestead: A bit slippery on the way down, and about as bad as I'd be comfortable running without studs. Not bad on the way back up though, with typical winter ice on the trail but a crunchy shoulder to run on.

Viewpoint: Really good between the southern Elmore Parking lot and the Campbell Airstrip Parking lot, probably the easiest part of the run (still icy though).

Moose Tracks: Slippery but easily doable between the two parking lots, though it's worse by the northern Elmore parking lot side.

Lynx: Probably the funnest part of the whole run. Slippery if you have to stop suddenly, but the fat bikers have done a nice job of getting some sticky ice chunked up for good grip without studs.

Good luck out there, and be really cautious if it gets towards 32 *F! Lots of fat-bikers doing fine on the trail with their studded tires. Report by Travis Peltier Sat, 09 Dec 2017 23:25:19 -0500 Archangel Road Dec 9 1AM: Archangel re-groomed tonite all the way to the upper gate. Great option this weekend for skate or classic skiing before it opens it up to the iron sleds. Report by Zack Steer Sat, 09 Dec 2017 10:14:51 -0500 Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Dec 8 10PM: I was able to double pole a short section between the sewer plant and the hill to the chalet along some rough icy track on the west side on Tuesday. It was not pretty and requires extreme caution. Not sure how it will look tomorrow. Hillside is as Kentch describes and Glen Alps was wind blown except the approach trail. Report by Michael powell Sat, 09 Dec 2017 06:44:21 -0500 Independence Mine Dec 8 10PM: Soft fickle snow and mogul sized drifts made for difficult grooming. It aint pretty (or ugly) but it's ready for all you Anchoragites to come on out and enjoy. All trails groomed for skate and classic. 27.43210" packed at the parking lot and over 37.2222" on Sochi Hill. Fun times. Report by Chris Jones Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:46:57 -0500 Kincaid Park Dec 8 3PM: @Julian: realistically, no, I don't believe that there's any decent skiing anywhere else in Kincaid right now - expect pockmarked icy trails that make it basically impossible to get any purchase. You might be able to put on a bike helmet and doublepole the first half of Mize, but even that is probably not a good idea.

HS race tomorrow starts at 11 a.m. There's over 600 kids out there, so it might take them a while. Expect sugar snow on the uphills and scraped-off icy downhills once they're done. (Not trying to whine or be passive-aggressive, honest, that's just what happens to the snowmaking loop after it gets enough traffic.) Report by Gavin Kentch Sat, 09 Dec 2017 04:34:35 -0500 Kincaid Park Dec 8 2PM: Is there any decent skiing at Kincaid other than what has been tuned up for the high school racers today and tomorrow? When can the area for the high schools be skied? Report by Julian Mason Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:15:20 -0500 Cuddy Park Dec 8 2PM: Despite the slop on the roads and the above freezing temps, the skating at the oval is pretty good! Its level and smooth and free of debris. Its not the fastest ice, but I'm guessing it's way better than any skiing right now! Report by Peter Haeussler Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:21:12 -0500 Middle Fork Loop Trail Dec 8 10AM: Coming from Glen alps the trail has a frozen/slushy descent to the bridge then its patch snow/ice/bare ground as you make your way to the next bridge. The trail then turns to pretty much solid ice until a little way after the wooded section. Once there the trail become really fast and good all the way out to Wolverine bowl trail. Report by FatbikerNick Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:49:38 -0500 Tour of Anchorage Trail Dec 7 12PM: biked last night and today on the chester creek, APU bypass and Tour trail and it wasn't that bad. studs needed but still grippy and not too much ice. Report by steve cleary Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:22:27 -0500 Cuddy Park Dec 7 12PM: Mid-town skating oval. It's frozen hard again following a pretty good melt on Monday/Tues. Smooth but not mopped. Plenty fine skating. Alaska Speedskating Club practice there 6 to 7 tonite. Open to all comers. Report by Charles G Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:31:47 -0500 Archangel Road Dec 7 10AM: Road was nicely groomed, a bit punchy in the skate lane after the first mile. Moose wrecked the classic track near beaver dam. Didn't ski much past the bridge, no ski tracks on the groomed snow past the bridge. Groomed was soft, but might not have been able to set up overnight as the temperature was 30F when I arrived. Thanks to the groomers for your work! Report by wayne Thu, 07 Dec 2017 22:26:36 -0500 Independence Mine Dec 7 2AM: Oh what wonderful snow! What a bright beautiful moon!

The Mine has just been "groomed" by the Mat Su Ski Club, classic tracks to the first turn, skate everywhere else. "Kim Chi Hill" is skiable and not too off-camber, watch out for the bottom where there's not a good merge onto the wider road.

Groomed is in quotes up above because it's really just packed down, and somewhat choppy at that. New groomer, sorry! There's so much new snow (drifts to 3-4 feet or so, 5-10 inches elsewhere) that it took 4+ hours of "plowing" and driving to get it to the point to start using the compaction bar. I got stuck thrice, sorry for the chunky-ness here and there!

It should all set up nice and firm, temp was about 19F when I left at 1am. Report by Gil Carr Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:48:46 -0500 Archangel Road Dec 6 11PM: MSSC re-groomed the first half of the road for classic and skating. Skate lane should be solid,outside classic pole will probably punch through the crust. The upper portion of the road was packed and groomed for classic and skating. Trail will be a bit punchy. Temp 17 degrees. Compacted snow depth averages about 26.4792 inches (approx). Report by Ed Strabel Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:16:43 -0500 Campbell Creek Trail Dec 6 5PM: Biked east on the Campbell Creek Trail from Taku Lake. The surface was frozen with a bike packed center. It was relatively smooth and fast riding with only occasional ruts. Report by Greg V Thu, 07 Dec 2017 03:00:39 -0500 Hatcher Pass Dec 6 10AM: MSSC will attempt to pack and groom Archangel Rd this afternoon (Only to the bridge) for classic and skating. Tonight the club will attempt to pack and groom the loops at Independence Mine and pack and groom the entire length of Archangel Rd. Heavy wet snow at GPRA. NO GROOMING THERE. Please ski up in the pass where the snow is much better. Report by Ed Strabel Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:02:27 -0500 Glen Alps Dec 4 9PM: Biked down from Glen Alps via middle fork last night around 9pm. Still winter up there! A bit drifted up high but almost entirely rideable. Super fun and packed as you work your way down. Report by PT Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:31:19 -0500 Archangel Road Dec 4 4PM: skied archangel 6-7 inches of fresh powder up to the bridge. blizzard conditions and no grooming. Report by Simeon Tue, 05 Dec 2017 04:43:23 -0500 Kincaid Park Dec 4 2PM: Due to the water that is accumulating on the trails, please help conserve the snowpack by staying off the trails at Kincaid and Hillside until the rain passes. Once it freezes it will create a good base. Doing snow dances to encourage the forecast later in the week! - NSAA Report by Tamra Kornfield Mon, 04 Dec 2017 23:14:18 -0500 Archangel Road Dec 4 3AM: MSSC packed and re-groomed the full length of the road for classic and skating.16" packed powder at the trail head 24" packed powder at the upper gate.should be excellent skiing at both Independence Mine and Archangel Rd. If possible please ski up there. SOS (Save Our Snow) at GPRA. MSSC will not groom GPRA until the temperature drops. Report by Ed Strabel Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:52:37 -0500