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.
Serving Anchorage's Nordic ski community requires the year-round commitment of a small but dedicated staff, hundreds of hard-working volunteers, and a fleet of specialized heavy equipment. More importantly, the generous support of our members and donors is what
makes all of this possible.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The time has come for Craig to be in "preservation mode" out at Kincaid.  He groomed yesterday morning, and by the afternoon, there was no evidence of what he'd done due to the warm trail base temperature.  He said he doesn't want to leave the freezer door open allowing everything inside to melt...and that's what would happen if he cracked open the surface of the trail by grooming today.  This afternoon, the trails may soften and skiers might find them edgeable, with icy spots.   If you wish to take your chances, perhaps think about using your old skis, if you have them.

Tom has been out on the Hillside this morning breaking the glaze on the skate lanes with the snow machine.  He hit the Lighted Loops, Gas Line, Double Bubble and the Multi-Use trail.  He had to abandon his work on the Spencer yesterday as it just got too warm.  So, he'll head out there today and hope for better results.  Later this afternoon he hopes to take a spin on the Tour Trail and scratch up the skate lanes there.  He said in the cool of the morning, the skiing was pretty fast, but as the temperature rises, the skiers have to work a little harder.

It was barely cold enough for Bill to take the snow machine to the Beach Lake trails this morning.  He scratched the skate lanes and broke the glazed surface on the Chalet Loop, North Pasture, Sprint Loop, Mama's, Bridge Loop, Appendix, Stadium, Swamp and Corral Loop.  The trails were hard on top and wet underneath.  He said they are skiable, but not very pretty.  Later this morning, he took the snow machine to the Coyote Trail system at Mirror Lake Middle School and cracked the top ice on the skate lanes around the Stadium and on the first 3K.  He said it came out like wet, sticky corn with twigs mixed in.  The base temperature was 31.7 degrees and the tracks have seen better days.