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2021 Mat-Su Ski for Women

Don your favorite costume and come ski for a worthy cause February 14th during the annual Ski for Women event! All are welcome at this family friendly ski!

In order to minimize groups, the course will be open to skiers between 11:00-3:00, and a photographer will be on site to take photos as skiers arrive at the photo booth on the trail. An online photo contest will decide who will receive the coveted "golden ski pole" after the votes are tallied!

Participants and spectators are encouraged to contribute feminine hygiene products, which will be collected and distributed to women and girls in need in our community. There will also be a split-the-pot, and 50% of those donations will donated to Alaska Family Services, with the other 50% being given to one lucky winner! Sweatshirts, headbands, and other commemorative items will be sold throughout the day.
All donations received and profits earned during Ski for Women benefit Alaska Family Services.


January Moonlight Ski Tour

Join Lucas Parker Wednesday, January 27th at 6:30 for a Moonlight Ski Tour at Archangel Road. Please come prepared with appropriate ski gear as well as a headlamp, in the event that clouds roll in.

This event is free and open to the public!
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Matanuska Nordic Race Series

The Matanuska Nordic Race Series is being held January 16th & 17th in lieu of Besh 3 & 4. Classic ski races will be held Saturday and skate ski races will be held Sunday
Covid-19 policy information, parking, and other important race information is detailed here.

There is still a need for volunteers for this race series. Sign up to help at the following link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0a4aa4ae23a5fd0-gpra

Northern Lights Community Race Series

Race one of three Northern Lights Community races is in the books!
Come join this community-oriented, come-as-you-are event for the remaining two races:
  • Race 2: January 24th at 1:00 PM - 1.5K, 5K, 10K
  • Race 3: February 21st at 1:00 PM - Skiathalon/mixed technique, 2 person relay. 1.5K or 5K leg distances.
Attend 2-3 races for $30 per individual/family, or one race for $20 per family. Payment is accepted on the day of the race.

Covid-19 protocols: Masks are required by all attendees except for racers when racing. Please practice social distancing at these races. Interval starts for racers between 1:00-1:30 PM.
For more information, or to see the results from Race 1, check here.

Icicle Double 2020

Mat-Su Icicle Double 2020 drew in approximately 90 skiers, including former Olympians, teams from around Alaska, and Santa Claus, who raced the trails at GPRA on December 26th and 27th.

Skiers enjoyed the low key, safe atmosphere throughout the weekend, and the chance to get some ski racing in during December.

A big thank you to the race crew and many volunteers who made this race so successful!

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Adult Ski Lessons

The Mat-Su Ski Club's adult ski lessons are underway! We have classes in beginner and intermediate level classic and skate skiing. We're keeping class sizes small for COVID safety, which means you get lots of individual attention. Although many of the beginner classes are full, sign up on the waitlist if you can't get what you want. If there's enough interest we'll try to hold some additional classes. There's still room in the intermediate classes that are held on Fridays and Sundays. Sign up at https://matsuski.org/product/adult-cross-country-ski-lessons/

Thanks to Mat-Su Health Foundation

Thanks to the MSHF for a grant that paid for the ski chariots the Mat-Su Ski Club loans out for free. The loaner single and double ski chariots for towing kids around the trails are ever popular. Chariots are available for two weeks with the option of renewing, and are available to the public for FREE! Club membership not necessary. For more info, click here!

Donate to MSSC here

Gold donors
Baldwin Family

Silver donors
Frankie Barker

Bronze donors
Glenn and Wendy Gellert
The Murrays
Randy and Julie Bladel
Herb Braun
Peter and Joyce Kelly
Martha Brookbank Real Estate Sales
Jinny Cooper and Mike Grow
Julie Hood
Clare Ross
Marjie Beck
Tanya Carpenter

Limited Edition Trail Pins

We have a batch of trail pins for just this season. If you already bought one, you can pick it up at Backcountry Bike and Ski, in downtown Palmer, or at most Mat-Su Ski Club events. Get yours here.