Alaska Cup Ski Races
Coming to GPRA this Saturday and Sunday*, December 7 and 8*!
Saturday: Skate individual start 10:30am-11:30am Sunday: Classic mass start: 9:30am-10:30am
*On Sunday the Alaska Cup Ski Race is at Independence Mine or GPRA, depending on snow conditions.
UAA Seawolves vs UAF Nanooks! See some of the best skiers in Alaska.
DEMO DAY: Salomon Ski Demo at GPRA - Saturday December 7th (11am-2pm)
You can ski test the newest nice nordic skis from Salomon Skis. Brought to you by Backcountry Bike and Ski, Solomon Skis, and the Mat-Su Ski Club. Come early, catch the race, try some skis on the fresh-groomed trails.
The Matanuska, Susitna, and Denali (Comp) Loops are super-sweet skiing right now. They are closed to all Walkers and Bikers for the season.
Pioneer Loop is always open for all users. Grooming Report
December 28 and 29, 2019 at GPRA
The Mat-Su Ski Club's premier race event!
Thanks to the 2019 Icicle Double Sponsors!
ADULT SKI LESSONS - walk-ons welcome!
Mat-Su Ski Club is hiring a Race Director and Chief Timer
The Mat-Su Ski Club is contracting for a Race Director and Chief Timer for the 2019/20 ski season. Seven races, about 120 hours work for the Race Director, or 50 hours for the Race Timer. Mid January to mid February. (Details here)
Applicants with experience in Nordic skiing or racing are preferred.
The Club can help with mission-specific training.
Please send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org before December 1.
The Mat-Su Ski Club's newly-acquired 2006 PistenBully 100 has arrived. We are using it to groom at Independence Mine at Hatcher Pass. As the snowline moves down from the alpine, so will the PB. It will spend most of the winter at GPRA. Besides helping prevent our (volunteer) groomers from going insane circling the trails 40 times on our old equipment after huge snowfalls, the PB should bring a marked improvement to grooming quality at GPRA.
Years of paid Club memberships, Junior Nordic participation fees, and your generous donations made this possible.
The Blue Crew
Become one of our Blue Crew of race volunteers and get this jacket!
Click here to find out how.
Thanks to those who donated on Giving Tuesday!
Yᴏᴜʀ Donation brings us closer to transport for the PistenBully.
Volunteer Groomers Wanted!
Contact us if you have 3 or 4 late or very late evening hours, once a week, and want to help groom the trails.
Biathlon Range Regulations
A comment period was open until November 15, 2019 concerning the Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources proposal to change regulations in order to allow a biathlon range at GPRA.
The Club was busy last summer
Volunteers did a fair amount of trail maintenance and improvement at GPRA between ski seasons. A few days of heavy equipment work accomplished a lot: building a clever new cut-through that includes part of the Matanuska Loop into the homologated race loops, along with widening key spots and improving corners on the Matanuska; a few key drainage issues were addressed; some very large rocks were removed. Volunteers built a new section of winter-only trail, with one bridge, connecting the Mountain Streams loops to the Flattop Trail.
In the summer the nordic trail system is basically 30 spaghetti acres of lawn, some of it on pretty steep hills. A lot of people helped maintain the trails and repair damage. Lots of small scale dirt work and rock reinforcing and vegetation rehab. The whole system got mowed the usual five or six times. A significant timbering effort thinned the beetle killed spruce back from the trails.
Thanks to the volunteers who helped maintain GPRA last summer and to the sponsors that supported that work.
Recap of 2018-2019 Grooming of Nordic ski trails.
The 2018-19 grooming season lasted 197 days. (Compared to 226 days last season)
Our grooming season started on Oct 29th, 2018 at both Independence Mine and GPRA; and ended on May 14th, 2019 back at Independence Mine. We would have continued grooming for another week or two, but the State came up and plowed the snow away.
THANK YOU GROOMERS!
Trail Pins Support Grooming
Do you enjoy the ski trails in the Mat-Su Valley?
The Mat-Su Ski Club maintains and grooms Nordic trails at:
Your contributions help make this possible.
Groomers wanted for GPRA and Archangel.
Will train! No pay! Benefits include earplugs and Northern Lights.
Contact us if you think you might like to join the grooming crew.
With a larger corps of groomers we hope to groom on a more frequent and regular schedule next season, with opportunities for individuals to be responsible for only one regularly scheduled, 3 to 4 hour session, per week .
Thanks to Our Most Important Sponsors