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Our mission is to promote all forms of Nordic skiing as a healthy activity for all ages and abilities. Among our core activities are maintaining and grooming over 140 kilometers of ski trails for recreation and touring, as well as performance skiing and racing.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Summertime Trail Talk

Summertime Trail Talk 2016

 
BEACH LAKE TRAILS: 
 
In contract with Eagle River Parks and Recreation and with the cooperation of the Chugiak/Eagle River Nordic Ski Club, our NSAA Operations "Crew of Two" (Craig and Bill) have been working to create a new trail head and connecting trails to the new parking lot by the railroad tracks off of Beach Lake Rd.  This new lot was developed three years ago to accommodate overflow parking from the lot at the Beach Lake Chalet trailhead. 
 
From April 14 to May 14, Bob Stehn (volunteer extraordinaire) organized and led work parties of 21 different volunteers and logged 135 volunteer hours on 23 days cutting and clearing brush and trees.  Here's a shot of some of the 300 remaining stumps.
Trail from new parking lot to Junkyard
Bill and Craig moved in a few weeks ago with heavy equipment (thank you NC Machinery) to remove the stumps and manipulate the dirt to form a sustainable trail surface.
  
     Bill in the Loader
Craig in the Dozer
Trail to New Parking Lot

 
Parking Lot from new trailhead
 
Additional work on North Pasture will alleviate swampy conditions and improve the structure of the trail.
 
Geotextile fabric purchased by Chugiak/ER Nordic Ski Club

Overall, the project is going well and the weather has been cooperating.  Craig and Bill anticipate completion around the first week of June.  At which point, they'll take their operation and move to Kincaid Park to address some much needed maintenance on those trails.  Stay tuned for more Trail Talk updates throughout the summer...in the meantime, enjoy the trails! 


 
 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Kincaid:  Craig called from the Bunker and said it was 37 degrees with 10 mph winds gusting to 27 mph mixed with rain sprinkles.  No grooming today.  This will most likely be it for grooming at Kincaid as the forecast is pretty wet for the rest of the week.

Have a great week and a happy Spring!!

Sunday, March 27, 2016 HAPPY EASTER!

Kincaid:  Craig was out early this Easter morning and groomed the SML.  32 degrees with the same results as yesterday...the trails are still holding up with a few slushy and/or icy spots.  The Stadium and Biathlon area are wet but can be skied around.  There's a small stream across the trail in between the soccer fields, but it's crossable.  No track. 

Have a Happy Easter!