Alaska Outdoor Reports User-submitted reports on outdoor conditions around the state of Alaska. en-us Hillside Apr 23 6PM: Huge thanks to NSAA for getting out and grooming once again! Really fun skiing, especially on Spencer Loop. Very cool to see the Abbott Trailhead at full capacity with skiers at the end of April... thanks NSAA! Report by Sam Sterling Wed, 24 Apr 2019 02:30:49 -0400 Hillside Apr 23 6PM: We echo other people's sentiments that we really appreciate Ricky getting out there to groom for all us this morning. With this stoke for spring skiing, I felt it necessary to be the word of caution for folks heading over to ski Hillside. Conditions have changed dramatically from the afternoon corduroy to the evening blend of dense snow with pockets of bare soil. Randy's Loop is over for the season as there are long stretches of dirt that require walking to get around. Besh Lighted had some patches of dirt but thinner areas are completely avoidable. Hillside also has some thin-icy spots, but these show up on steep slopes and are a bit more technical to navigate. Thanks for the great season NSAA! Report by TC Wed, 24 Apr 2019 04:35:31 -0400 Archangel Road Apr 23 2PM: Will there be grooming Tuesday night or Wednesday morning? Thank you MSSC! Report by Eric Skis Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:10:34 -0400 Indain to Bird point Apr 23 1PM: Indian to Bird point coastal trail
I started at the parking lot across from the Brown bear. The trail was in good shape, no ice or snow. D.O.T. was in the process of cleaning up, looked like they would finish in a day or two and they were doing a good job of it. Traffic noise wasn’t bad, a lot of the trail is away from hwy and waterfalls drowned out a lot.
Report by Paul Wed, 24 Apr 2019 04:56:22 -0400 Hillside Apr 23 12PM: NSAA groomed the Hillside trails again! Thank you, NSAA! It's beautiful corduroy out there--ski it while it lasts! You don't even need your rock skis! Report by Alison Arians Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:07:01 -0400 Hillside Apr 23 12PM: 32F, blue sky. Skate skied lighted loops from Abbott parking lot. Fresh groom. Good coverage. Soft but fun. No bear or moose tracks. Report by devo Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:17:24 -0400 Hillside Apr 23 8AM: NSAA groomed Besh Loop; Gasline - Not ready until Noon; Hillside Loop; Jr. Nordic/ Service; Randy's Loop; Spencer Loop - Not ready until Noon. Support grooming by the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage Report by MOA Nordic Map Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:13:09 -0400 Upper O'Malley Trailhead Apr 23 7AM: Remember to bring your Bear (Pepper) Spray. First report that I know of, of big brown bear on Tuesday morning near Upper O'Malley Trailhead. Report by LisaM Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:46:20 -0400 Hillside Apr 22 6PM: Loop from Service to Coaches Cutoff. Trails could use some grooming and I think we could get a few more days of spring skiing. Get our and enjoy it while you can!! Report by Chris S Tue, 23 Apr 2019 04:56:43 -0400 Glen Alps Apr 22 6PM: It was beautiful conditions with a few inches of new light and fluffy snow on top of last week's snowfall to make for great ski touring both on and off of the Powerline Trail. Just enough snow to cover up most of the rocks and brush but not so much to make it really slow going. Skied pretty much all the way up to the lake. Watch out for some spectacular wind blown tree and rock wells as you get up past the German bridge. Report by J and K Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:29:06 -0400 Chester Creek Trail Apr 22 5PM: Chester was pretty difficult for 1-inch tires. 70% was like riding through a Slurpee (no complaints with that). The other 30%, which hadn't melted and had packed somewhat with foot/bike traffic, was bad. A hard freeze tonight would make it all a bone shaker tomorrow.

Upper Chester Creek/APU bypass had been plowed and was excellent. Report by Bike Commuter Tue, 23 Apr 2019 01:43:28 -0400 Far North Bicentennial Park Apr 22 12PM: The fat biking in Campbell Tract is quite good right now and will remain good as long as we have freezing nights. Put some bear spray in your frame bag and clip out if you encounter mud. I rode the gravel trails at lunch time today (Viewpoint, Salmon Run, Moose Track, Lynx) and only encountered one soft spot on Viewpoint. Rovers, Speedway, Moose Meadow, etc. are probably good as well, but might have a few more soft spots. Report by Trailbreaker Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:27:07 -0400 Hatcher Pass Apr 22 10AM: Happy Earth Day!

Does anyone know of public access trails that lead up from the Sutton area into Hatcher Pass? Report by kelsey Mon, 22 Apr 2019 18:36:54 -0400 Archangel Road Apr 21 3PM: Skate skied Archangel today. Could not have been nicer. Many skiers out -
Classic and skate. Stellar day. Snow is a little
soft in spots but hardly noticeable.
Looking forward to much more skiing up there! Thank you MSSC for the grooming! Report by Kelly Mon, 22 Apr 2019 02:34:11 -0400 Glen Alps Apr 21 3PM: Perfect snowball snow at Glen Alps this afternoon, paired with blinding sunshine and intermittently aggressive winds. We had a delightful if bumpy classic ski out the Gasline a ways. Walkers, expect to posthole! We were occasionally punching through even on our skis. Find a clearing, build some snow people, and have an epic snowball fight. Report by Eva and Dan Mon, 22 Apr 2019 04:26:54 -0400 Campbell Creek Trail Apr 21 2PM: Rode Campbell Creek from Elmore to Diamond. Two unrideable snow patches just before Lake Otis Park. Ice under Old Seward Hiway at Peanut Farm. Report by Steve P Mon, 22 Apr 2019 05:10:24 -0400 Archangel Road, Hatcher Pass Apr 21 10AM: Skjored at 8:30 am. 42 degrees at the parking lot. The road is freshly groomed and not the least bit icy. Fresh snow, with corduroy. Base is slightly soft. Here's hoping foot traffic stays to the edges. Potential for deep holes and ruts will grow as the day goes on. Flat light but amazing ski. Also, Hatcher Pass Road is dry and clear. Report by Rebecca Shaffer Sun, 21 Apr 2019 19:01:25 -0400 Archangel Road Apr 20 11PM: Ran the groomer over Archangel Rd to the bridge late Sat night. Re-set both sets of tracks and the skate lane on top of the fresh snow. It should make for a great Easter ski on Sunday! Support grooming by the Mat-Su Ski Club Report by ZackS Sun, 21 Apr 2019 06:26:41 -0400 Hillside Apr 20 11AM: Remarkably decent skate skiing at Hillside today, NSAA snow machine packed the entire system (maybe not the BLM? ), and despite some ruts, it was quite good after last night's freeze. Thanks to NSAA for that, there was a pretty good number of people out enjoying the snow and sun. Spring skiing is back on! Report by Ben Arians Sat, 20 Apr 2019 20:19:11 -0400 Archangel Road Apr 19 11PM: Mat-Su Ski Club packed the non-motorized section of Archangel Road on Friday evening. Probably will be a bit soft for fat bikes and walkers, but ok for skiing. Support grooming by the Mat-Su Ski Club Report by Jerry Hupp Sat, 20 Apr 2019 07:37:42 -0400