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We hope you will remember the Mat-Su Ski Club when you file for your 2022 Alaska PFD.
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This Weekend! Northern Lights Race #3

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Two of three of the Northern Lights Series are behind us -
Race #3 is on Sunday March 20th.
Come on out and join us for some fun skiing!
This fun and all-inclusive race series is for people of all ages and ski abilities.
Registration is on the day of the race. Race starts at 1:00pm
Click here for more information.

In the first race two races we had people as young as 4 and as old as 75 rounding out our 23 racers. Our youngest finisher of the 5k freestyle was 5 years old.

Volunteers are a critical part of every event. Consider signing up!

Mat-Su SKI FOR WOMEN

Thanks to everyone that came out for the Ski for Women last month. It was a beautiful, calm day with a light snowfall. About 100 folks in an array of colorful costumes lined up with excitement to ski the 4K course.
As always, the proceeds from the Ski for Women are donated to Alaska Family Services. With your help, we raised $3168.84 for Alaska Family Services!
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Domino effect!
Thank you Mat-Su Health Foundation for helping to make the Ski For Women possible with your generous donation.
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Snowshoeing gnomes head out with the skiers.
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Colorful costumes at the start.
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It was a photo finish for some of our participants
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Thank you to all who participated in the raffle and split-the-pot to help raise funds for a local nonprofit.

Vernal Race to the Outhouse only three weeks away!

The Nordic competition season's final race is scheduled for Saturday April 9th. The regular venue is Archangel road, but this year, who knows? More info will be posted here as the situation develops.

GPRA Trails and Maps

Did you know that we have put-on-your-phone navigation maps of GPRA available for free on our website?
Click here to check out the map and link.
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One of the recent sunny days at GPRA.
A skier stops to take in the views and admire the grooming by our volunteers.

Moose Range Daytime Ski Tour

Due to the crazy weather with literal tons of new heavy snow, warm temps, and daunting grooming challenges, we had to postpone the first Moose Range Daytime Ski Exploration Tour and Barbecue Fest scheduled for February 19th lest it become the Moose Range failed klister soaking misery hot dog slog instead. We will plan to host this event next ski season and look forward to seeing you then.
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2022 Junior Nordics Wrap Up


Mat-Su Junior Nordics end of the year party was held March 4th after a windy, icy, but nevertheless successful season of skiing. Attendance was way up for this event, as evidenced early on by the full parking lot! Our coaches led groups around all the trails throughout the evening, where skiers followed clues leading them to whipped cream, chocolate and caramel syrup, and M&Ms. Once all the toppings were found, everybody gathered and the ice cream party began! More than 200 cups of ice cream were gone in a flash! It was a great night, and a good send off after a great season.

The season wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our coaches and many volunteers - thank you! A huge shout out to The management of the Government Peak Chalet for generously donating access to the chalet many times throughout the year.

Junior Nordic Families: Keep an eye out for an email detailing ski rental returns, which will be held April 28th and 29th.

Independence Mine and Archangel Update

Monster storms and avalanches closed the Hatcher Pass road a month ago. The road is now opened up as far as the Gold Mint trailhead, and we hope it opens to the Archangel Road trailhead and on up to Independence soon. Our grooming team surveyed Archangel Road and has plans to attempt a groom soon. Watch the grooming reports for updates.
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The Archangel Ginzu Groomer is found!
There is quite a pile of snow on Archangel Road where the main avalanche path crosses.
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Free Chariots

The Mat-Su Ski Club has four Chariots (2 singles and 2 doubles) available to loan to parents with kids too young to ski. There is no fee, the loan is free.

Icicle Double Swag

We want to thank Backcountry Bike and Ski in Palmer for helping distribute the Icicle Double swag to all the folks that signed up. Due to unfortunate weather, we had to cancel the 2021 race and want each person that signed up to know how much we appreciate them. We look forward to a great race season in 2022!
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If you haven't had a chance to stop by and pick up your Buff and/or etched pint glass, they will be available at Backcountry until the end of March.
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Membership

Support your ski club by renewing your membership!
Membership fees support our programs, events, grooming, trail building, and equipment purchases. Ski trails don't fall from heaven!

Ski 101

Our first annual Ski 101 on-snow event was a huge success. We had approximately 30 people attend the two sessions, most of whom had never been on skis before. Wobbly, insecure skiers finished by skiing laps around the stadium at GPRA. The attendees loved the coaching and help. We look forward to doing this again next year!

Rental cross country ski equipment

Thanks to a grant from the Palmer Community Foundation we have a few sets of ski gear to rent for a minimal fee. Reach out to info@matsuski.org for more information.

(Backcountry Bike & Ski also has skis available for rent.)
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Adult Ski Lessons

Forty-five members of the Mat-Su Ski Club worked to improve their classic and skate skiing skills during the Club's adult lessons this winter. Adult lessons started in early January and will end on March 13. Although COVID and the occasional rain or wind storm made this year's lessons a little more challenging, both students and instructors had a lot of fun. Look for adult lessons again next year. Thanks to Penny, Daryl, Dave, and Jerry for the great coaching. But mostly, thanks to the students for their interest in improving their skiing abilities. Hope to see you all on the trails!

Remember Your 2022 Parking Passes

The Mat-Su Borough is now enforcing the parking rules at GPRA and other Borough park sites. If you do not display a current Borough parking sticker or a day pass - you will get a $40 ticket. If you receive one of these tickets the fine can be used towards the purchase of a trail permit through December 31, 2021. To receive the annual 2022 trail pass, bring the ticket to the Community Development Office located at 350 East Dahlia Ave. The violator has 5 days from the date of the ticket to visit the Community Development Office, pay the $40 and receive their annual pass. The Borough is checking the parking lot several times every day. The parking fees go into a Borough fund for recreational facilities. Click here to buy a day use or yearly parking pass online. Save $10 when you buy two. 2022 parking passes are available now.
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Still waiting on the supply chain for Centaur parts....

Support throughout the Year!

You can help support the Mat-Su Ski Club through the Fred Meyer Community Awards program and through Amazon Smile. Every little bit counts.
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